SCR File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SCR file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SCR files.

What is a SCR file?

The .scr file extension is used for a system file format that was developed by Microsoft. These SCR files are screensaver files that are used by Windows for energy-saving purposes.These Windows screensavers were originally created to prolong the life of CRT and plasma display monitors. If a screensaver has been set by the user through the display properties of Windows, then the system will automatically activate the user's chosen screensaver when the Windows computer has been idle for a certain time. This is performed so as to minimize the power consumption levels of these display devices.These SCR files also allow users to secure the Windows desktop. A Windows screensaver can be configured to be protected by a password. Other options like setting a fixed number of idle minutes before the chosen screensaver is activated are available through the display properties of Windows.It's best to leave these .scr files alone. These system files do not contain human readable data and are automatically activated by Windows.

How to open SCR files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension SCR for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SCR openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension SCR

While we know of one file format using the .SCR file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .SCR file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SCR files. Remember, different programs may use SCR files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Photomania DeluxePhotomania DeluxeUser submitted
RasWinRasWinUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Direct Show Ogg Vorbis FilterDirect Show Ogg Vorbis FilterUser submitted
Intel Dynamic Power Performance ManagementIntel Dynamic Power Performance ManagementUser submitted
Screen ViewScreen ViewUser submitted
DIMIN ViewerDIMIN ViewerUser submitted
TLGTLGUser submitted
3D Photo Browser3D Photo BrowserUser submitted
3DBrowser3DBrowserUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SCR-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SCR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!