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August 26, 2011 8:20 PM   Subscribe

Has anyone made a solid, stable, fancier, and Windows 7 compatible version of the awesome old Windows XP "Starfield" screensaver?

I'm referring to This one, which is apparently also known as "Flying Through Space" and "Starfield Simulation".
I've already learned how to get the old one onto Window 7 (just copy/pasting it from a machine with XP), and it works perfect.
I'm really just curious as to whether someone has expanded on it somehow. Colors? Different size/shape planets? Anything?

After googling for a while I've come across a number of folks who have toyed with it, but nothing resembling a stable release (maybe because of licensing issues?).

Sort of a silly use for a Mefi question but I'll bet I'm not the only one curious..
posted by Esefa to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I don't know, but be careful: Free Screensavers is one of the top malware-returning search terms around, due to the fact they are executable files and lots of people want new, pretty screen savers.
posted by Canageek at 8:54 PM on August 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


That screensaver is a lot older than Windows XP.
posted by sbutler at 9:04 PM on August 26, 2011


Canageek - Thanks for the warning, that's why I'm not particularly keen on getting just anything moonlighting as this screensaver. Looking for something legit, hence "solid, stable".

sbutler - Cool! I had no idea it went back to 3.1. Wonder why they decided against updating it for the newer releases if Winders..
posted by Esefa at 9:40 PM on August 26, 2011


Wonder why they decided against updating it for the newer releases if Winders..

Because it wouldn't look any better than it used to. The last thing Microsoft wants anyone thinking is, "Why should I bother to upgrade? It's just the same!!"
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:18 PM on August 26, 2011


Wonder why they decided against updating it for the newer releases if Winders..

As in: Colors? Different size/shape planets? Anything?
posted by Esefa at 10:21 PM on August 26, 2011


As in: non-16-bit executable, presumably.
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:05 AM on August 27, 2011


I'm confused by your request for additional stability if copying the XP version to Windows 7 works fine.
posted by odinsdream at 8:03 AM on August 27, 2011


"I'm really just curious as to whether someone has expanded on it somehow. Colors? Different size/shape planets? Anything?"

posted by Esefa at 12:14 PM on August 27, 2011


As in: non-16-bit executable, presumably.
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:11 AM on September 4, 2011


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