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Screen Saver Installer

If WinZip® determines that the open Zip file (.zip or .zipx) contains one or more screen savers (.SCR extension), the Unzip and Install button in Tools tab of the WinZip Ribbon and the Install button on the WinZip Legacy Toolbar is enabled, you will be able to use them to install your screen saver. Simply click either of the buttons (depending on which interface that you're using) or choose Install from the Actions menu of the WinZip Legacy Toolbar interface and follow the on-screen instructions. Note: if the Unzip and Install and Install buttons are disabled, see the notes below. The screen saver installer may be turned off.

Caution: you should be careful when installing any kind of software, including screen savers. Be certain that you trust the source of this Zip file. Do not install anything contained in a Zip file that was attached to an unexpected or suspicious e-mail message. See Security Hints and Tips for additional information.

After WinZip has extracted the necessary files to your Windows folder, it will run Microsoft's Display control panel application to complete your installation. Here you can try out the screen saver and possibly modify its settings. If you change your mind and don't want to install the new screen saver, simply select a different one from the installer's list before leaving the Display application. Note that clicking Cancel from the Display application does not cancel installation of the new screen saver--it has already been installed. Consult your Windows documentation or help for more information about the Display application.


Here are some additional notes regarding the screen saver installation.

  • You will need administrative privileges to use the screensaver installer in Windows Vista and later because the Windows folder is restricted. If you are using Windows Vista or later, right click on the WinZip shortcut on the Desktop and select Run as administrator. This operation allows you to gain administrative privileges by elevating your user rights via the User Account Control window.
  • Screen savers are typically installed to the Windows folder. Therefore, WinZip does not provide you with an option to specify the folder to which the screen saver should be extracted. It does, however, show you which files will be extracted and allows you to cancel installation if desired.
  • Some Zip files contain more than one screen saver. When this is the case, WinZip allows you to choose which one to install.
  • Some screen savers require additional components (.DLL, .VBX, .OCX, .MID, and .WAV extensions). WinZip assumes that any file in the Zip file with one of these extensions is a component of the screen saver and will extract it to your Windows folder along with the screen saver itself.
  • If you would prefer to install your screen saver manually, choose Unzip only in the "Unzip/Install Screen Saver" panel. Alternatively, you can disable the WinZip screen saver installer by clicking the Settings tab and clicking WinZip Options (XP users would choose Configuration from the Options menu), clicking the Miscellaneous tab, and unchecking the box labeled Desktop theme/screen saver installer. This disables both the screen saver installer and the desktop theme installer.
  • WinZip supports screen saver installations only when they are packaged in Zip format. It cannot install screen savers from other archive formats (GZ, LZH, etc.).
  • If the Zip file contains both a desktop theme and a screen saver, WinZip will use the desktop theme installer (the screen saver is probably part of the theme and will be installed along with it). If the Zip file contains a SETUP or INSTALL program, WinZip will use the standard software Install feature.