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Tweak Windows Vista Bubbles Screen Saver

As with each versions of Windows OS, all Windows Vista editions bundled with some official screen savers. However, not all of these Vista screen savers allow users to easily configure its display behaviour via the Screen Saver Settings dialog box. The Bubbles screen saver is one of them.

Though, you can tweak or change the Windows Vista Bubbles screen saver to display Material Glass or metallic bubbles that look alike M&M Chocolate!

Simple Vista Registry hack to tweak the Windows Vista Bubbles screen saver displaying metallic bubbles that look alike M and M Chocolates!
Simple Vista Registry hack to tweak the Windows Vista Bubbles screen saver displaying metallic bubbles that look alike M&M Chocolates!

How to tweak or change Vista Bubbles screen saver settings?
  1. Open Windows Vista Command Prompt with administrative privilege,
     
  2. Turns on the Vista Command Prompt “copy and paste” function,
     
  3. Copy and paste the following one-line Vista Console Registry Tool command (Reg.exe) into the Vista Command Prompt window
    REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers\Bubbles /v MaterialGlass /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  4. Press ENTER key to execute the Reg.exe command, which will forcibly create a 32-bit DWORD registry key called MaterialGlass in that Vista Bubble registry path with default value zero.

That’s the way to turns Vista Bubbles screen saver to display Material Glass bubbles (or metallic bubbles). At first glance, I thought there were M&M Chocolates in my Vista Desktop :-)!

Other than the Material Glass bubble, you can also set or tweak Vista Bubble screen saver to display real-transparent bubbles rather than the default semi-transparent bubbles.

Again, you need to execute the following Reg.exe command (Vista Console Registry Tool) to add one 32-bit DWORD registry key called ShowShadows with default value zero.

Before adding ShowShadows registry key, you need to delete MaterialGlass first:
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers\Bubbles /v MaterialGlass /f

Next, adding ShowShadows key to enable a true transparent Vista Bubbles screen saver:
REG ADD HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers\Bubbles /v ShowShadows /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Likewise, to delete ShowShadows key, execute this Reg.exe command:
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers\Bubbles /v ShowShadows /f


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