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Restrict the Screen Saver (Windows 2000/XP) Popular

This restriction can be used to specify the screen saver or to stop screen savers from running. Also, the Screen Saver settings page is disabled, so users cannot change the screen saver options.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value called "ScreenSaveActive" and set it to "0" to disable all screen savers.

Alternatively create a new string value called "SCRNSAVE.EXE" and set it to the executable name of a valid Windows screen saver file, including the .scr extension. This will only be used if "ScreenSaveActive" is set to "1" or deleted from the registry.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|ScreenSaveActiveREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|SCRNSAVE.EXEREG_SZlogin.scr|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Contro...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\
Desktop]
Value Name: ScreenSaveActive, SCRNSAVE.EXE
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable screen savers, 1 = default)

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Last modified: October 9, 2002