Screensaver drop down menu greyed out

Applies to: Microsoft Windows XP Home EditionMicrosoft Windows XP ProfessionalMicrosoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

Author:


Soumitra Sengupta MVP

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SUMMARY


When one tries to change the Screensaver he or she can not change it as the Screensaver drop down menu is greyed out.

SYMPTOMS


When one tries to change the Screensaver he or she can not change it as the Screensaver drop down menu is greyed out.

CAUSE


This happens if the Screensaver policy is set either via group policy or registry.

RESOLUTION


To resolve this problem:-
Start>Run>type Regedit >Click Ok or, press the Enter Key.
Now navigate to the following locations:-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop  now find out SCRNSAVE.EXE entry in the right pane and delete it.
 
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop now find out SCRNSAVE.EXE entry in the right pane  and delete it.
Close the registry editor and restart the machine.
 

MORE INFORMATION


Before deleting or modifying any registry key one must back up registry.
See:-
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003