Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. May 28, 2003
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Adding a Screen Saver to the Desktop
If you like to be able to access your screen saver directly, without waiting a certain number of minutes for it to kick in, you can add a shortcut to it on the desktop.

Go to your Windows folder on your C: drive and find the screen saver of your choice. (A quick way to locate the screen savers is to open the System subfolder, choose View, Details, then click the Type column to group all the Screen Saver files together.) Right-click the screen saver and choose Send To, Desktop (Create Shortcut). If prompted to confirm your action, click OK.

A shortcut to your screen saver will appear on your desktop. You can launch this screen saver at any time simply by double-clicking on this shortcut icon.