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Simple script that will allow you to locate and run the set screensaver from python, if available.

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import os, win32com.client

def runScreensaver():
    strComputer = "."
    objWMIService = win32com.client.Dispatch("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
    objSWbemServices = objWMIService.ConnectServer(strComputer,"root\cimv2")
    colItems = objSWbemServices.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Desktop")
    for objItem in colItems:
        if objItem.ScreenSaverExecutable:
            os.system(objItem.ScreenSaverExecutable + " /start")
            break

1 comment

Mathieu 8 years, 11 months ago  # | flag

This doesn't work for me, although that might be due to the fact that I'm a total newb and have no idea what's happening in this code. Could you possibly explain what's happening?

I tried my own simplified version of code to run a screensaver ...

import subprocess
subprocess.call(['C:\WINDOWS\System32\ssText3d.scr'])

however it only manages to popup the screensaver's property window (the same happened using a batch file). It's unfortunately not as easy as running the scr file due to Vista (or other Windows OS) limitations against non-Windows programs trying to run screensavers.