# Screensavers with Wallpaper Engine
Wallpaper Engine allows you to use your wallpapers as screensavers. Traditionally, screensavers were used to protect displays from permanent image burn-in, however, most modern display technologies are not susceptible to these types of display damage anymore and you can safely use any type of wallpaper as a screensaver for aesthetic purposes. If you use a CRT, Plasma, OLED or similar screen technology that is susceptible burn-ins, we recommend using a playlist of wallpapers as a screensaver or a wallpaper with regular motion.
# Initial Screensaver Setup
In order to get started with using Wallpaper Engine as a screensaver, hover over the Installed tab in the Wallpaper Engine window and select Configure Screensaver. Wallpaper Engine will now check if you have already installed the Wallpaper Engine screensaver for Windows. If the screensaver has not yet been installed yet, you will be asked to install it. Make sure your Windows user has administrative rights and that no antivirus app is blocking Wallpaper Engine from installing the screensaver.
After the initial installation, the Windows screensaver settings should open automatically, alternatively you can open the settings manually using the Settings & Preview button or by directly accessing the screensaver settings via Windows.
# Configuring the Screensaver
# Windows Configuration
In order for the Wallpaper Engine screensaver to work, you need to first select Wallpaper Engine as your active screensaver in the Windows settings. You can open the Windows screensaver settings through the Windows control panel or by clicking on Settings & Preview while in screensaver mode in Wallpaper Engine. See the video below for the necessary steps:
In the Windows settings, you can control the time it takes until the screensaver appears and whether or not you will be presented with the Windows lock-screen when you return to your computer. These settings are entirely handled by Windows, Wallpaper Engine itself does not control the screen timeout or similar.
# Wallpaper Engine Configuration
Once you have set up the screensaver in Windows, you can start configuring the Wallpaper Engine screensaver. Hover over the Installed tab in Wallpaper Engine and select Configure Screensaver. Wallpaper Engine will now preview your screensavers instead of your wallpapers - once you exit screensaver mode, you will return back to your wallpaper configuration.
In its default state, Wallpaper Engine will use the most basic setup where your screensavers are exactly the same as your actively running wallpapers. You can change this by changing the Screensaver is option to Configured separately at the top. With that option enabled, you can choose a wallpaper for each screen which is to be used as a screensaver or even use a completely different display profile or playlists for your screensaver setup. You can always return to the wallpaper configuration by clicking on the red Quit button in the upper left corner.
# Screensaver Problem Solving
The Wallpaper Engine screensaver is activated through Windows itself, if the screensaver is not working correctly, please double-check to see if any of the default Windows screensavers work correctly for you. Check the Windows screensaver settings and your Windows energy settings to make sure that your screensaver is configured with the correct timeout that you expect and that Wallpaper Engine is set as your active screensaver.
The screensaver will be installed in
C:\Windows\System32\wpxscreensaver64.scr, make sure no antivirus app is deleting this file by mistake or preventing it from being installed. You can also manually uninstall the screensaver by deleting that specific file, but be sure to not delete any other important Windows files in the
System32 directory when doing so.
# Turning off the Wallpaper Engine screensaver
If you do not want your wallpapers to appear as fullscreen screensavers after a few minutes of inactivity, you can turn off the Wallpaper Engine screensaver functionality. Simply open the Windows screensaver settings and set the screensaver to None. No more actions are needed, you can re-enabled the screensaver functionality in the future by following the steps at the top of this article.