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The screen saver does not start if the Windows Security dialog box is open in Windows XP
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If you have the Windows Security dialog box open on your Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based or Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, the screen saver does not start as expected. Instead, the desktop is displayed.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.