Free Screensavers for Windows 10 PC – Screensavers aren’t technically necessary in today’s age of low-energy LCD, OLED and IPS panels. They are a bit of a forgotten art form.
Traditionally, screensavers were used to prevent burn-in on heat-emitting CRT monitors, which isn’t something modern monitors need to worry about.
As such, it’s time to bring screensavers back to life. Screensavers can look super-pretty on Windows 10.
This article will list some of the best eye-popping screensavers you can download and use on your Windows 10 PC.
How to Change the Windows 10 Screensaver
Before starting, you should know the basics of setting up your Windows 10 screensaver. To do so, right-click your desktop, then click “Personalize -> Lock screen -> Screen saver settings” (at the bottom).
In the new window, you can choose your screensaver and change how long it takes to appear and whether it should go to the login screen on resumption.
The install methods for screensavers you download vary, but if you download a screensaver (SCR) file, you can right-click it, then click “Install” to get it. Other screensavers come as “exe” files with their instructions.
Since you’re not always looking at your computer screen unless you’re working, we figured we should start with something simple.
Fliqlo is a beautiful clock screensaver. Having the current time immediately on hand is always useful.
Fliqlo has a couple of settings, including clock size and a 12/24-hour toggle.
2. Windrift (macOS Drift Screensaver)
Some of the finer details that’s always helped macOS feel that bit more premium than Windows are the little things like wallpapers without color banding and those gorgeous crispy screensavers.
You need to take a few steps, but follow the screensaver’s GitHub page instructions, and you should be fine.
Briblo is a bit like LEGO-meets-Tetris. It would be better if you had more control over the blocks that appeared. With this screensaver, you’ll be able to make buildings out of virtual LEGO when you’re not using your screen.
The screensaver even comes with controls that won’t activate your screen while you’re building. The arrow keys let you move blocks; the space bar rotates them.
4. Windows Built-in Options
You may not have noticed, given how well hidden away the “Screen saver settings” are in Windows 10, but the OS does come with a few built-in screensaver options.
You won’t find the biggest classics like 3D Maze or Pipes here, but there are a couple of screensavers like Bubbles, Mystify, 3D Text, Ribbons, and Photos.
5. Vehicle Screen Savers
Vehicle Screen Savers isn’t quite as fancy as some of the free screensavers we have looked at so far, but it’s a must-have for anyone interested in vehicles.
It features beautiful, high-quality images of cars, motorbikes, planes, trains, and boats.
This free Windows 10 screensaver is available in the Windows 10 Store.
6. Hal 9000
Are you looking for a screensaver to replicate a famous cinematic experience traveling across the galaxy? The misanthropic AI aboard the spaceship from “2001: A Space Odyssey” maybe isn’t something that everyone wants on the PC screen, but sci-fi fans may not be able to resist.
It’s beautifully designed and true to the movie, with 28 different animations across the eight screens that the HAL computer was in charge of. It’s slick and oddly relaxing; even if you do feel like it, Hal 9000 may go rogue and turn on you at any moment.
7. Living Marine Aquarium 2
There’s something that’s timelessly classic about a virtual fish tank on your screen. Naturally, it’s calming and soothing, but it looks great too. And a virtual fish tank is also considerably cheaper than the real thing!
Living Marine Aquarium includes 18 species of sea creatures (including fish, seahorses, and crabs), coral, and plenty of bubbles.
Taken from the collection of Really Slick Screensavers (you can download them all in one pack if you wish), Hyperspace is unquestionably one of the best.
It takes you on a rapidly accelerating journey through the cosmos, where you fly through starfields that eventually morph into an impressive liquid landscape of neon pinks, blues and purples.
9. System 47
Here’s one of the best screensavers for geeks. System 47 is a replica of the Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS) computer interface seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The free screensaver offers eight random animations, including the famous Sector Scan, Star System Analysis, and Milky Way Galaxy Map.
Possibly the most visually impressive array of screensaver effects, Plane9 is a 3D graphical visualizer containing over 250 beautiful and surreal scenes. You can even combine these scenes, getting them to flow from one into another, leading to a nearly endless supply of visual effects smoothly.
What’s more, Plane9 moves and flows in time to whatever music you’re playing on your PC at the time – be it Spotify or iTunes. So leave some tunes on, let the screensaver take over, and have yourself an excellent background visualizer for a party!
11. Another Matrix
We end with another of the best screensavers for geeks. Another Matrix displays the falling green code as made famous by the 1999 movie.
You can customize the screensaver by changing the code density, speed, and font. Unfortunately, anyone hoping to change the color of the code will be out of luck.
There’s also a fun little Easter egg that you can activate. You can enter your messages into the Matrix code, and they will slowly become apparent over time.
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