I wanted to build a screen saver and came across Karen’s template which is made for Visual Studio 2005 and .NET 3.0.
Since I’m on Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5, I took Karen’s template and made some modifications to support it.

So, if you want to create a screen saver with Visual Studio 2008 here’s a template for you:

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Copy the zip (do not extract) to \Visual Studio 2008\Templates\ProjectTemplates

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12 Comments to “WPF Screen Saver Template for Visual Studio 2008”

  1. Where | August 27th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Where is the link to the download ?

  2. ekampf | August 27th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Sorry, post must have changed when I switched from dasBlog to WordPress.

    Link is there now…

  3. Firewalled | September 25th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I’m behind a firewall that is blocking the link. Any chance you can email me the zip? It needs to be renamed though (*.piz works).


  4. partha | December 4th, 2008 at 8:13 am

    When I launch the screensaver I just get a black window. How can I put some pictures in the screensaver?

  5. Ben Saucer | December 5th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I created a folder called “My Exported Templates”. I copied the zip file into it. How do I find the template using VS 2008? I opened New Project, but I don’t know how to find the template.

    Also, is there a VB version of this?

  6. henk | March 16th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I copied the Zip to the right place (I can see templates I made myself) but VS doesn’t pick it up.

    Any tips?

  7. Brian | April 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I have the same question as the previous 2 posters; how do I get the template “registered” in VS2008?

  8. ekampf | April 4th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I just tried it on my system and couldnt find a “My Exported Templates” folder which I’m sure was there when I wrote this post.
    Anyway, dropping the .zip file at the regular Templates folder works too:
    < ...My Documents... >\Visual Studio 2008\Templates\ProjectTemplates


  9. Deon | April 27th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Hi there,

    I cannot find the link to the Zip file.


  10. Burgi | May 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 am


    I cannot find the link too.
    Could you please repost it?


  11. ekampf | May 3rd, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Sorry, the link got deleted by the WordPress editor (TinyMCE).
    Problem fixed, the link is back in the post…

    And here it is again just in case:


  12. Abhinandan | March 5th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    When I launch the screensaver I just get a black window. How can I put some pictures in the screensaver?