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Solved - Bubbles Scrn Svr Issue - Restore Float on Desktop

  1. #11


    Keaau, Hawaii
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, 6.3.9600.16452 (Win8.1 RTM)

    Customize Your Bubbles


    source: Bubbles Screen Saver - Change Settings - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Here's a nice link that tells how to customize your bubbles in the Windows registry. (Just in case, before you begin, export your registry to a file, so you can import it back if there's a problem.) Every command works in Windows 8.1 except the "Show Bubbles". It would have been so easy to have this quick fix, simply add that DWORD command, set it to value 1 to float the bubbles over the desktop. But it just reverted to floating them over a plain background. No difference from the Windows 8.1 Bubbles Screen Saver. So I stayed with the .vbs method.

    I tried some changes. The image below shows the difference. I got less bubbles on the screen, made them larger, clearer, and slowed their pace down to languid, gentle bumps. Note: if you see only one bubble with no color, it means not enough zeros. Count and correct the number of zeros.

    new DWORD Radius: 1123000000
    new DWORD ShowShadows: 0
    new DWORD Sphere Density: 1058000000
    new DWORD TurbulenceForce: 1120000000

    The nice part is, you don't have to restart the PC after each change to the registry. or even close it to see changes. Just start Bubbles from your desktop shortcut.

    Have fun and experiment!Click image for larger version
    Last edited by finkey01; 06 Nov 2014 at 13:42. Reason: show clearer image

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  2. #12


    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Shraams View Post
    I keep receiving the error that "the system cannot find the file specified." The path is correctly entered in the Argument. I tried it with and without adding the file type (.vbs) to the end of Bubbles, since the file type is not shown in the title or the path when I look it up, but neither have worked. When I double click the shortcut to the screen saver on my desktop, it works but.. I don't understand what the problem is, how to activate it when I'm idle. I'm running Windows 8, don't know if that makes any difference. No one else seems to be having any problems.
    Same here, any fix?
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  3. #13


    Keaau, Hawaii
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, 6.3.9600.16452 (Win8.1 RTM)


    Hi Gabe

    Thank you for your input. I wonder, can you please check for me the full path to bubbles.scr and post it here? I am running windows 8.1 pro, and the path may be different for windows 8.

    Sonya
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by finkey01 View Post
    Hi Gabe

    Thank you for your input. I wonder, can you please check for me the full path to bubbles.scr and post it here? I am running windows 8.1 pro, and the path may be different for windows 8.

    Sonya
    Here, I have kept it in the desktop - C:\Users\15R inspiron\Desktop\Bubbles.scr

    Btw, I'm running windows 8.1.
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    Windows 8.1


    The error screenshot I get -
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    Windows 8.1


    I have kept the Bubbles.vbs file in C:\ drive. Am I putting the arguments correctly ?
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  7. #17


    Keaau, Hawaii
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, 6.3.9600.16452 (Win8.1 RTM)


    Great, we're on the same system. BTW nice screenshot, very helpful. Let's try these steps:

    1. Please locate Windows' bubbles.scr:

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft-windows-bubbles_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16384_none_031e0ac2e58b36bb\Bubbles.scr

    and send it to the desktop as a shortcut. (Delete old shortcut) Test the new shortcut. Does it work?

    2. At C:\ rename your script Bubbles.vbs

    3. Check the content of your C:\Bubbles.vbs Does it look just like this, only user your name is there, not mine?

    Set OWS = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
    OWS.Run "C:\Users\Chums.Acerberry\Desktop\Bubbles.lnk"

    4. Next, in your Task Manager, highlight your bubbles task, and on the lower right sidebar, select properties.

    5. When the properties window pops up, select the Actions tab.

    5. At the Actions window, highlight Start A Program and click Edit...

    6. In the Add arguments (optional): box, be sure you have the path to C:\Bubbles.vbs enclosed in quotes, like this: "C:\Bubbles.vbs" Leave the Start in (optional): box blank. Your Program/script: box should have WScript.exe without quotes.
    7. Click OK to save and close the Actions tab.

    8. Next, click on the Triggers tab. It should say On Idle. Highlight that and click Edit...

    9. Make sure on the Advanced settings portion all boxes are unchecked. Then put a check in Enabled.

    10. Click OK to save and OK to close the Properties box.

    11. Highlight your Bubbles task again and hit Run in the lower right sidebar to test.

    12. If the bubbles float and you are satisfied, shake the mouse and hit End in the lower right sidebar. Say yes to End all instances of the task, and get out of Task Manager.

    Let me know if this works for you.

    Sonya

    Hope this helps, keep me posted.

    Sonya
    Last edited by finkey01; 04 Nov 2014 at 08:59. Reason: correct typo
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    Windows 8.1


    Dumb question alert !! Should my user name be G TURBO ?
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1


    I'll try to post screenshots as much as possible if that doesn't matter. I don't want to type much(Lazy Guy, I know).
    I tried using the .lnk shortcut and also by copying the bubbles screensaver file(Bubbles.scr) in the desktop but none worked. And I have put the Bubbles.vbs file in C:\[here].
    Note: I'm now trying with the Bubbles.scr file in the desktop.
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  10. #20


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    Reason why I have put 15R inspiron as username -
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