Depending on the operating system in question, screensavers may be stored in a variety of places. Different operating systems include varieties such as Windows XP or Windows Vista, or maybe even Windows 95 if that is the kind of computer you like to work with. Screensaver files are usually in a special, distinguishable format: .scr files.
In Windows 95, screensavers are generally found in C:\WINDOWS\system
In Windows XP, screensavers are stored in: C:\WINDOWS\system32
Copies can be found in C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache
In Windows Vista, screensavers are also stored in C:\WINDOWS\system32
There may be, for whatever reason, these folders do not show up by default. This is usually due to protection by the computer administrator, especially if you do not have an administrator account, in order to maintain safety and avert malfunction of the computer. Remember kids, working in system32 without knowing what you are doing is a dangerous thing!
If you dare take the leap into the heart of the computer without a medical license, then here are the necessary steps to do it. In Windows XP, by opening Windows Explorer and opening Tools and Folder Options on the toolbar, a dialog box pops up. Click the View tab and under the section called "Show Hidden Files and Folders," simply check.. well, "Show."
Vista users have the same way of doing things, except in order to get to the dialog box, they must hit the Start button, go to the Control Panel and click Folder Options from there.
As for Windows 95, double-click My Computer on the desktop. Select the View menu followed by Options. Again, a dialog box pops up, so select the View Tab. The radio button to select here is the one that says "Show All Files."
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