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Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit and Screen Savers

Posted in Tools and Software | Windows at Friday, October 07, 2005 8:12 PM W. Europe Daylight Time

I just wondered if the Microsoft ACT 4.1 is able to create application fixes for misbehaving screen savers. I tried to create such a fix for the bogus screen saver "Endlosliste" of "Der digitale Grimm" (a German dictionary by the Brothers Grimm, the screen saver shows all dictionary entries scrolling like film credits). This nasty piece of software stores its settings and state (i.e. the last shown word) in %windir%\ecwords.dat, so it's virtually unusable for any user running with limited rights.

Unfortunately ACT's Compatibility Administrator isn't able to create fixes for files with extensions != exe. Renaming the according scr file to an extension of exe renders the screen saver invisible in Windows' desktop settings/screen saver dialog.

I am not sure if I should curse the screen saver devs or ACT for not allowing to select files other than exes. Maybe there are technical reasons for disallowing other extensions, but I haven't found something about that.

BTW: This entry was blogged from Silke's new laptop :-)

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