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How to PROPERLY install Screen Launcher.scr (Windows 7)

"How to run Johnny Castaway on Windows 64-bit" incorrectly instructs you to take the "Screen Launcher.scr" file and save it, copy it, or move it to your Windows folder. That's all and it will show up on your screensaver list. Yes.. it does.. However when you select the screensaver on the list, configure it to run DOSBox & Johnny Castaway in say.. 1 min of no activity, wait a minute... nothing happens.. wait 2 more minutes.. still nothing. Nothing happens. It was driving me nuts, until I discovered the fix.

So, to properly install the SCR file so that windows lists it & actually runs it, DON'T save it or copy it to your Windows folder or you may get two of the same screensaver on the list, but only 1 actually works. Instead: Download the "Screen Launcher.scr" file -> Right-Click the "Screen Launcher.scr" file -> Select "Install" from the drop-down list. For me it was the 3rd option from the top. That's it. You're done. Now check your screensaver list and you'll see "Screen Launcher" there. Apply your settings and it will run after however many minutes of inactivity you specify.

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thisguyyouknow2 years agoWindows 7 x64, Firefox

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  • Hi there,

    Thanks for posting to the message board.

    The method described in the Johnny Castaway tutorial has always worked for me, across various versions of Windows, including 7, and I've just tested it to work on Windows 10. However, since it clearly did not work for you, I've edited Step 5 of the tutorial a little bit to (hopefully) address this issue.

    Unfortunately, if you place any screensaver file in a folder other than C:\Windows and then right-click and select "Install" to install it, as soon as you activate a different screensaver from the Screen Saver Settings panel, the first screensaver will be gone. Placing the .scr file inside the Windows folder (or the system32 or SySWOW64 sub-folders) ensures that it will continue to show up in the list of screensavers.

    So what I'd suggest is to place it in the Windows folder and then, as an additional step, right-click the file and select "Install". If it no longer works after you've used a different screensaver, you could always locate the Screen Launcher file in your Windows folder, right-click it and select "Install" to re-install.

    Hope that helps. Thanks for your feedback! It's really helpful.


    A moderator edited this post 2 years ago.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)2 years ago

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