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A Guide on how to Run Live Wallpaper on Lock Screen.

Johncoool

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The 2nd post is the safer way to do the same thing but it is more complicated.

The 3rd post is the safest way and does not give any access to PC files and it uses video files.

It takes 3 programs to get it to work as soon as the Screen is locked. The same method works on both Win 7 and 8.1. Tested and works on Windows 10 as well.

The programs are listed here below with links to download them.

All programs are free.

RunSaver

https://runsaver.de.softonic.com/?ex=TRAF-469.1

Nircmd (At the bottom of the page. Not the 64 bit one.)


IrfanView
(To Run GIF as live wallpaper)

IrfanView - Official Homepage - One of the Most Popular Viewers Worldwide

Winrar


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Runsaver: is to run any program when screensaver is triggered. (This will replace any screensaver you might be using).

Irfanview: is media viewer and should be set as the default tool to run Gif files and recommended for this guide.

Nircmd: Used to run Screensaver as soon as the screen is locked in combination with a batch file and a scheduled task.

Winrar: Used to extract the downloaded compressed files if another one is not available already.

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Extract Runsaver and add the two files called runsaver.exe and runsaver.scr to C:\windows\system32 folder and for 64bit windows also add it to C:\windows\SysWOW64 folder.

To use the GIF file on screen saver then just Choose open screensaver configuration and click on settings then choose the path to the GIF file.

Runsaver will create INI file in the both directories which will be identical and no need to worry about them. (I had an issue on win 8.1 and where it did not update the changed program.) If there is an issue then just search for all the runsaver.ini files under the windows directory and delete them, then add the program that you want again. (There will be more than 2 Runsaver.ini because windows will add the runsaver files to more directories. If not found then search the entire C directory for Runsaver.ini)

To use enable runsaver so that it runs the program when screensaver starts just choose runsaver as the windows screensaver.

Extract Nicmd files and add them to C:\windows\system32 folder. (If it gives an error then extract the contents to a folder that you create on the desktop then copy the contents to that location).

To run live wallpaper on lock screen then it is recommended to use GIF files because videos will run with complete player control which is a security risk.

Use IrfanView as the default GIF player. It has options to run immediately in fullscreen and will show directory on the top left corner by text which can be removed from the features.

Exit
Runsaver can run any program but it can run only one (It is not recommended to run just any program on lock screen as it might give access to all files on the PC). To exit the program running on the screensaver then Just press Ctrl+Alt+Del (or delete).
When IrfanView is used in fullscreen then it can exit with the ESC button. Right Click does not do anything which is good for security.

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Choose the GIF file in the Runsaver application path.

There are many GIF files available for download on the internet.

You can create GIF files by using an extension from Chrome store.

Some programs will not run on runsaver if they are already running on the computer. So close the program to work on the lock screen if there is an issue.

Then you can just proceed with the login after exiting the Runsaver screensaver on the lock screen.

To run the screen saver as soon as the screen is locked regardless of the delay assigned then create the batch file. To create a batch file then open a text file and change the extension from ".txt" to ".bat". To edit the batch file just right click on it and choose edit.

Enter the following commands in the batch file and save it.

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@Echo OFF

Timeout /T 6

Nircmd.exe Screensaver

Exit

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The number after Timeout is the number of seconds.

Then create a task in task scheduler (Default program in Windows). Name it something related to this guide.

On the triggers tab, just use “On Workstation lock” from the drop down menu.

On the actions tab, choose the batch file that was created.

On the conditions tab, uncheck ”Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” for laptops and tablets.

Go to options - Properties / Settings in IrfranView

To run GIF file automatically in fullscreen and to exit when ESC is pressed then tick as below.

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Make sure the GIF is on as shown below.

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Remove the below option so that the path does not show on fullscreen.

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Change background color if needed as shown below.

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Press P when in fullscreen to access properties.

IrfanView can also play some Audio and Video files. But to do it by default the it will require to associate the needed media files with it.

Some of the keyboard keys can give access to the IrfanView and could also exit the fullscreen. It also gives directory access which may be a security risk.

After boot up the screen saver runs within a few moments (Even before login) and Crtl+Alt=Del will not exit it. Press on Crtl + Mouse right click then go to Rainmeter then Exit.
 
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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-80
    CPU
    I3 1.7GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel
    Antivirus
    Free-AVG

Johncoool

Member
The safer way to run Live Wallpaper on the lock screen. (System resources can still be accessed if Crtl + mouse right click are pressed).

The more secure method:

It takes 3 programs to get it to work as soon as the Screen is locked. The same method works on both Win 7 and 8.1. Tested and works on Windows 10 as well.

The programs are listed here below with links to download them.

All programs are free.

RunSaver

https://runsaver.de.softonic.com/?ex=TRAF-469.1

Nircmd (At the bottom of the page. Not the 64 bit one.)

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

RainMeter
(To Run GIF as live wallpaper)

Rainmeter, desktop customization tool

Winrar

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Runsaver: is to run any program when screensaver is triggered. (This will replace any screensaver you might be using).

Rainmeter: is a very good program that has many features. This guide is only to run the GIF file on lock screen. The rainmeter forum is very good and can get support within one hour. Rainmeter Beta is stable and can run the latest skin but the Final one can’t always run the latest skins.

Nircmd: Used to run Screensaver as soon as the screen is locked in combination with a batch file and a scheduled task.

Winrar: Used to extract the downloaded compressed files if another one is not available already.

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Extract Runsaver and add the two files called runsaver.exe and runsaver.scr to C:\windows\system32 folder and for 64bit windows also add it to C:\windows\SysWOW64 folder.

To use Rainmeter on screen saver then just Choose open screensaver configuration and click on settings then choose the path to Rainmeter.

Runsaver will create INI file in the both directories which will be identical and no need to worry about them. (I had an issue on win 8.1 and where it did not update the changed program.) If there is an issue then just search for all the runsaver.ini files under the windows directory and delete them, then add the program that you want again. (There will be more than 2 Runsaver.ini because windows will add the runsaver files to more directories. If not found then search the entire C directory for Runsaver.ini)

To use enable runsaver so that it runs the program when screensaver starts just choose runsaver as the windows screensaver.

Extract Nicmd files and add them to C:\windows\system32 folder. (If it gives an error then extract the contents to a folder that you create on the desktop then copy the contents to that location).

To run live wallpaper on lock screen then it is recommended to use GIF files because videos will run with complete player control which is a security risk.

Exit
Runsaver can run any program but it can run only one (It is not recommended to run just any program on lock screen as it might give access to all files on the PC). To exit the program running on the screensaver then Just press Ctrl+Alt+Del (or delete).

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Choose Rainmeter.exe in the Runsaver location path.

There are many GIF files available for download on the internet.

You can create GIF files by using an extension from Chrome store.

Follow the guide in the below link to create GIF files and to edit the code so that it works. It will show how to extract the GIF files frames into images which needed to run in Rainmeter. Just edit the name of the file which is before the number and include the correct number of frames. Add the Frames to the correct directory that is provided in the code.

I just edited the example code in the link and the moved the frames to the correct location and it works well.

Animated .GIF Files - Rainmeter Docs

To disable right click on the GIF file for security reasons. Then just add the below code anywhere under [Rainmeter]

RightMouseUpAction=[]

Some programs will not run on runsaver if they are already running on the computer. So close the program to work on the lock screen if there is an issue.

Then you can just proceed with the login after exiting the Runsaver screensaver on the lock screen.

To run the screen saver as soon as the screen is locked regardless of the delay assigned then create the batch file. To create a batch file then open a text file and change the extension from ".txt" to ".bat". To edit the batch file just right click on it and choose edit.

Enter the following commands in the batch file and save it.

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@Echo OFF

Timeout /T 6

Nircmd.exe Screensaver

Exit

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The number after Timeout is the number of seconds.

Then create a task in task scheduler (Default program in Windows). Name it something related to this guide.

On the triggers tab, just use “On Workstation lock” from the drop down menu.

On the actions tab, choose the batch file that was created.

On the conditions tab, uncheck ”Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” for laptops and tablets.

If Windows 10 is set up to load the desktop before logging in then the screensaver will run within a few moments and Crtl+Alt+Del will not exit it. Press on Crtl + Mouse right click then go to Rainmeter then Exit.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-80
    CPU
    I3 1.7GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel
    Antivirus
    Free-AVG

Johncoool

Member
Use video as screen saver.

All programs are free.

The two below methods are 100% safe and will not give access to files on the PC as the above solutions do with hotkeys.

Method 1 is downloading the program from the below link and placing in a location where it will be permanent because if is it moved or deleted then it will stop working.
Right click on the downloaded exe file and click on install.


Then go to the same location where you would select the screensaver and select videoscreensaver from the list, then click on settings and select the video that you want to play as live wallpaper on lock screen.

You can use the tips from the above posts to have it run as soon as you lock the PC to bypass the assigned time.

The video format should be compatible with Windows media player. If it is not then it can be converted by using the program from method 2 below.
The screensaver will not allow the screen to turn off if it has been preset to be turned off. To let it turn off you have to change a setting in the windows media player. Change the settings as it is showing below.


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If this affects your usual video playback. Then you can download any other media player as there are many that are free.

This method will not allow audio while screensaver is running.

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Method 2 is to use the the runsaver way mentioned in the above posts with an exe file.

There is a program that can convert videos to exe. It can also convert media type formats. The benefit will be that it will run without using programs from the computer to run it without giving access to the PC files. Just use the correct setting so that it runs in fullscreen and on loop.

Program link: Download Audio/Video To Exe 2.1

The antivirus might block the exe file so just add it to exceptions then end task from the task manager and run it again if it does not work the 1st time.

The screensaver will not allow the screen to turn off if it has been preset to be turned off.

Audio will work normally with this method but it might change the aspect ratio of the video.

To exit the the screensaver refer to the above posts.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-80
    CPU
    I3 1.7GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel
    Antivirus
    Free-AVG

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