Import My Pictures Slideshow from XP to Vista

While playing around with Windows Vista’s screensavers, I discovered that my beloved “My Pictures Slideshow” did not exist. I used it all the time in Windows XP! So, being the geek that I am, I figured out how to import it into Vista. Here’s how I did it…

1. In Windows XP, in the Start Menu, click “Search”. (if you don’t have Search, right-click the Start button and choose “properties”, then “customize”. On the “Advanced” tab, put a checkbox next to “Search”, then click “ok” twice.)

2. Click “All Files and Folders”

3. Type “*.scr” (without the quotes), remember to include the asterick (“*”) and the period, and press enter on your keyboard.

4. There will be one called “ssmypics.scr”. Select the file, right-click and choose “copy”, then right-click and choose “paste” on the desktop.

4a. You can also download it directly from my website here

5. You can now burn the file to CD, copy and paste it onto a thumbdrive, or into a shared network folder.

6. Access the file in Windows Vista, then copy and paste it into the “C:\Windows\System32\” directory.

7. Right click the desktop, choose “personlize”, then “screen saver”, and the new screensaver should now appear along with the rest.


4 Responses to Import My Pictures Slideshow from XP to Vista

  1. Carla says:

    Yee Ha! Thank you so much! I was agonizing over that as well. Got it now.

  2. Matt says:

    Thank you so much!!!

  3. Cesar says:

    Sweet! Thanks for the tip. I wonder why Microsoft didn’t include this feature on Vista!

  4. blacksands says:

    Thanks so much for this!
    I love the manual control features in this screensaver. In XP you could hit the down arrow to pause, but this feature was mysteriously taken out of the offical Vista version.
    I was hunting through Google for a solution for 2 hours before finding your post.
    You just made my day, man. Thanks!

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