Windows screensaver

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This page is about the screensavers bundled with Windows over the years. Microsoft released a standalone program called IdleWild to add screensavers to Windows 3, but, starting with Windows 95, they started bundling them directly into their OS.


Example Name OS Description Opinion
Windows Screensaver - Blank Screen.png Blank Screen Windows 95 Simply paints the screen black. 1 - Effective, but dull.
Windows Screensaver - Flying Through Space.png Flying Through Space Windows 95 Slightly improved version of IdleWild's "Stars." 1 - By the time it came out, it was already old hat, and the stars are squares.
Windows Screensaver - Flying Windows.png Flying Windows Windows 95 Like "Flying Through Space," but with the Windows logo. Microsoft tried to get people to take pride in Windows the way Apple geeks were with Macintosh, but the Microsoft user base has never been "hip." 1 - Shameless self promotion.
Windows Screensaver - Mystify Your Mind.png Mystify Your Mind Windows 95 2D polygons bounce around the screen and fade colors. Based on "Dancing Lines" from IdleWild. 2 - Simple, but mildly zen.
Windows Screensaver - Scrolling Marquee.png Scrolling Marquee Windows 95 Customizable text scrolls across the screen. 2 - Dull, but useful for companies or leaving a message.