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Bubbles screensaver Windows 8.1

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    Bubbles screensaver Windows 8.1


    Does anybody know a way (in Windows 8) to make the Bubbles screensaver behave in the same way as in Windows 7?

    In Windows 7: The Bubbles screensaver shows bubbles moving over the top of whatever is on my screen.

    In Windows 8: The Bubbles screensaver shows bubbles moving over the top of a solid color background (ugly)

    Thanks for any creative suggestion

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    hi,its just bubbles over what ever is on my desktop on my win8.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    hi,its just bubbles over what ever is on my desktop on my win8.1
    So (just to make sure I understood right), say you have Office Word open on your screen, you wait without touching the keyboard for whatever amount of minutes you set the screensaver to, and you see the bubbles over your open Word document?

    If this is correct, did you do anything special? I do not seem to be the only one who sees bubbles over a solid black or blue background, that's why I am asking.

    Which Win 8.1 are you running, Core / Pro / Enterprise / Lite?

    Thanks
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    oops ,sorry for miss info ,I actually only did the preview ,as I don't use screen savers ,but I just set it up again and waited ,and it did not work as you want, it popped up a full blue solid screen color
    i'm running 8.1Enterprise
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    it looks like its no accident it works the way it does ,this from windows answer web forum .

    A design change was made in Windows 8 that prevents screensavers from drawing over an image of the desktop. Any screensaver that previously drew over the desktop, such as Bubbles, will instead draw over a black background.
    Bubbles screensaver has black background - Microsoft Community
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    Yes, I read that too... It is by design that way

    I guess that the Bubbles screensaver is one more thing (to add to the list) that Micro$oft broke in Windows 8.
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    Last edited by David Bailey; 26 Jan 2014 at 15:13.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archimede View Post
    Yes, I read that too... It is by design that way

    I guess that the Bubbles screensaver is one more thing (to add to the list) that Micro$oft broke in Windows 8.
    I don't consider it broke something ,seem more like a safety feature ,I think .
    I personally see no need for a screen save ,I set my to turn off after 10 minutes ,and have been doing so for many years now
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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Archimede View Post
    Yes, I read that too... It is by design that way

    I guess that the Bubbles screensaver is one more thing (to add to the list) that Micro$oft broke in Windows 8.
    I don't consider it broke something ,seem more like a safety feature ,I think .
    I personally see no need for a screen save ,I set my to turn off after 10 minutes ,and have been doing so for many years now
    Well, broken in the sense that Micro$oft could have left the option to the user to define whether drawing the screensaver on a solid background or on a transparent one... Then up to the user to decide.

    Many other features are absolutely not left up to the user to decide (with user I mean the "pro users" so the ones that are sufficiently computer savvy to know what they are doing). Basically in Win 8 I am forced to install/employ 3rd party tools to get around all the possible restrictions imposed by the firm that sold me the OS/hardware... Sorry (a short venting session is always good)
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I like olive green
    I prefer green olives
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