FAQ archive

This FAQ page is for RPS 3 archive purposes only, please see RPS 4 for latest version.

Windows 7 & 8 64bit RAW files

If you get the error: libglib-2.0-0.dll is missing

Random Photo Screensaver works in Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 32bit and 64 bit, however to get RAW files to work on 64 bit systems, UFRaw has to be installed manually.

The UFRaw supplied is 32 bits, to get 64 bit version download and install UFRaw.

In Random Photo Screensaver change position of UFRaw (Configure screen > RAW > Converter) to the location UFRaw, typically in: C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP-2.0\bin\ufraw-batch.exe

Make sure to use the ufraw-batch.exe

How to remove file / folder count displayed in bottom left

You can hide the file / folder info after a time out or never show it.

  • Open the Settings screen by either pressing the S key when the screensaver is running or clicking on Start > (All Programs [Windows Vista / 7]) > abScreensavers.com > Random Photo Screensaver > Configure Random Photo Screensaver
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Ensure the checkbox is checked for "Hide folder info after ## seconds"
  • Enter the required time-out or set to 0 to never display.
  • Click Ok to save your changes

Can I run the screensaver from the command line (including a folder name)?

You can run Random Photo Screensaver as a picture slideshow from the command line using:

"c:\program files\abScreensavers.com\Random Photo Screensaver\RPS3.3.exe" /s

Before running the screensaver, you can use reg.exe to update the registry key which stores the folder(s). In the example below the folder is updated to: c:\photos.

reg.exe add "HKCU\software\abscreensavers.com\Random Photo Screensaver" /v folder /t REG_SZ /d "c:\photos" /f

You can then run the screensaver from the command line. It is possible to combine both commands into one line by using &&

reg.exe add "HKCU\software\abscreensavers.com\Random Photo Screensaver" /v folder /t REG_SZ /d "c:photos" /f && "c:\program files\abScreensavers.com\Random Photo Screensaver\RPS3.3.exe" /s

Important Incorrectly modifying the Windows registry might cause serious problems to occur. Therefore, make sure you follow the steps carefully. Back up the registry before you modify it. You make the changes to the registry at your own risk. I will not be able to offer any assistance or help if editing the registry settings fails.

This application has failed to start... error after installation

Several people have reported the following error when installing the Random Photo Screensaver:

This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

The error appears when the Microsoft .Net Framework has not been installed. If Framework isn't installed, the installer (v3.3.10+) will automatically try to download and install it for you.

If you prefer you can download the .Net Framework 2.0 from the Microsoft site manually for offline installations.

The application has failed to start ... side-by-side error (Windows Vista / 7)

If you get the error: The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail.

The error appears when Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable is not installed. The installer (v3.3.10+) will automatically try to download and install the correct version for you.

If you prefer you can download the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package from the Microsoft site manually for offline installations.

How do I make your screensaver work at the windows xp welcome screen?

The Microsoft website contains the following page: How to change the Windows Logon screen saver in Windows XP. Please read the instructions and warning carefully before proceeding. I will not be able to offer any assistance or help if editing the registry settings fails.

Where can I find more information on the regular expression syntax used?

For more information on the regular expression syntax used see: .NET Framework Developer's Guide : Regular Expression Language Elements

How can I format the time and date shown?

You can enter a custom string to alter how the time is shown in the screensaver.

  • Press the 'S' key when the screensaver is running to access the Setup screen.
  • Select the Clock tab.
  • Change the 'Format mask' value to set the clock type
    • Default 24 hour clock: 'HH:mm:ss' which shows Hours:Minutes:Seconds.
    • For 12 hour clock use 'h:mm:ss tt' which shows Hours:Minutes:Seconds AM/PM.

You can escape characters using with

E.g. for date/time 01:23:45 6 July 2008

  • Time: HH:mm:ss dd/MM/yy, shows Time: 01:23:45 06/07/08
  • HH:mm dd MMMM shows 01:23 6 July

For more information on time format strings see Microsoft's MSDN: Custom Date and Time Format Strings and Standard Date and Time Format String

How can I ask you a question not listed here?

If you are running RPS 4, please check the updated FAQ, or visit the contact page and send me a message.