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HOWTO: How to Set a Screen Saver Through a System Policy

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The options that are available to system policies can be enhanced throughincorporating user-defined .adm files. The following .adm file will add theability to configure screen saver options through a system policy.
This policy enables three options in the user-based portion of a policy:

  • The choice of screen saver.
  • Enabling the screen saver.
  • Enabling the password for the screen saver.
The screen saver will use the Default Wait time of 15 minutes. To use thispolicy, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter the text below that is between the rows of hyphens (-) into a text file and save it as Scrsave.adm in the Winnt\Inf folder.
  2. Open System Policy Editor and click Options and then click Policy Template.
  3. Add Scrsave.adm to the listed template files.
  4. The additional options will show under any user or group in the policy, with a label of "Screen Saver Policies."
Scrsave.adm <start>
   CLASS USER   CATEGORY  !!Screen_Saver_Policy           POLICY !!Screen_Saver           KEYNAME "Control Panel\Desktop"                   PART !!Screen_Saver_Location EDITTEXT                   DEFAULT !!DEF_SCREEN_SAVER                   VALUENAME SCRNSAVE.EXE                   END PART           END POLICY           POLICY !!ENABLE_SCREEN_SAVER           KEYNAME "Control Panel\Desktop"                   VALUENAME ScreenSaveActive                   VALUEON "1" VALUEOFF "0"           END POLICY           POLICY !!ENABLE_Password           KEYNAME "Control Panel\Desktop"                   VALUENAME ScreenSaverIsSecure                   VALUEON "1" VALUEOFF "0"           END POLICY   END CATEGORY   [strings]   Screen_Saver_Policy="Screen Saver Policies"   Screen_Saver="Screen Saver"   ENABLE_SCREEN_SAVER="Enable Screen Saver"   Screen_Saver_Location="Enter the location of the Screen Saver"   DEF_Screen_Saver="%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\logon.scr"   ENABLE_Password=Enable Password				
Scrsave.adm <end>

For setting the amount of system idle time after which the screen saver will start:

In the CATEGORY !!Screen_Saver_Policy section add:
KEYNAME "Control Panel\Desktop"
VALUENAME ScreenSaveTimeout
In the [strings] section add:
SCREEN_SAVER_IDLE_TIMEOUT="Screen Saver Activation Timeout"
For additional information, please see the following articles in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:

161334Guide To Windows NT 4.0 Profiles and Policies (Part 1 of 6)

185589Guide To Windows NT 4.0 Profiles and Policies (Part 4 of 6)
For additional information, please also see the Windows 95 Resource Kit,pages 518-524.

Article ID: 195655 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 09:40:22 - Revision: 1.1

Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition

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