Since I skipped Vista, this may be an old question, I don't know.

In XP, the built-in SlideShow (Photos) screensaver would randomly rotate among images not just in the directory specified in the settings, but also in any sub-directories (and on down) of that directory. When I use the Photos screensaver in Win-7, it seems to use only images in the directory I specify, ignoring the rest of the tree below that.

Is there a way to get the XP behavior? Alternatively, is there some other public domain/open source Screen Saver with that or similar behavior that I can install?

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    Works fine for me, the Win7 Photos screensaver picks the images in the specified directory AND the sub-directories.
    – Snark
    Sep 8, 2009 at 21:34
  • Hmm. It looks like you're right. One of my machines it fired right up. The other one stubbornly insisted on displaying the same 5 pictures over and over. But I removed those from the root directory that the screensaver was pointed to, so there were only directories underneath it, and it started displaying everything. Thanks for the help.
    – daveh551
    Sep 9, 2009 at 20:36
  • I'm sure this is a duplicate, but I can't find the other question right now.
    – ChrisF
    Dec 22, 2009 at 14:05

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If you install Google Picasa (which is free); it comes with an added screensaver, which has a variety of options. One of which is to choose what folders the pictures come from along with a few other settings.

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If you are interested in slideshows as screensavers or standalone applications, I would recommend Irfanview. I've been using it for about 6 years and have always been happier with it as a fast image viewer and slideshow generator than the apps included with Windows.

It does not give you options for fancy transitions or animation, but will let you save a particular slideshow as a screen saver (scr) or executable file (exe).

  • Google also has a slideshow screensaver that is more popular and has more features than Windows 7 slideshow screensaver.
    – rlb.usa
    Nov 6, 2009 at 19:39

Might want to check out PhotoJoy...free, numerous screensavers, and some very nice ones that work with your photos collection...highly recommend.


It is also possible to copy the XP slide-show screen-saver from a XP driven PC - C:/Windows/System32/ to the same place in the Windows 7.

It's the file - ssmypics.scr - to copy.

This is a nice and stable screen-saver it works nicely in Windows 7.


gPhotoShow Free is a screensaver that will search sub folders.

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