Win7/W2k8 R2 Group POlicy Screensaver setting is not working

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Symptoms

A Group Policy is configured to enable Screensaver

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\
Enable screen saver


but there is no setting defining a ScreenSaverTimeout configured in

Screen saver timeout


The Screensaver won't start in such a configuration by default.

Cause

The default ScreenSaver Timeout is configured in the regsitry at this location


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Reg_SZ ScreenSaveTimeOut

since Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 this key does not exist by default.



Without configuring a default timeout via Group Policy, the system does not have a timeout and therefore does not start the screensaver.



Resolution

There are 2 workarounds to solve this issue



1) Configure a Default ScreenSaver Timeout using Group Policy

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\

Screen saver timeout


2) Use Group Policy Preferences to configure a new default value for

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Reg_SZ
ScreenSaveTimeOut


in a Group Policy applying to users.

User Configuration => Preferences => Windows Settings => Registry

New => Regsitry Item



Action: Create

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Key Path: Control Panel\Desktop

Value Name: ScreenSaveTimeOut

Value Type: REG_SZ

Value Data: 600


Using Item Level Targeting (Common Tab of setting) the appliance of this setting can be restricted to systems runnign Windows 7 or WIndows Server 2008 R2









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Article ID: 2616727 - Last Review: January 24, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
Keywords: 
KB2616727

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