How to Activate the Screen Saver During Logon

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You can force the Windows NT screen saver to start during logon if nouser logs on immediately. To do this, you need to modify the Registryby following these steps:
  1. Start Registry Editor (REGEDT32.EXE) and select the HKEY_USERSsubtree.
  2. Go to the following subkey:
    \DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop				
  3. From the parameter list, select ScreenSaveActive.
  4. From the Edit menu, choose String.
  5. In the String field, change the value from 0 to 1 and choose OK.
  6. From the parameter list, select SCRNSAVE.EXE.
  7. From the Edit menu, choose String.
  8. Enter the filename of the screen saver you want to use. Forexample: SSMYST.SCR, SCRNSAVE.SCR, SSBEZIER.SCR, SSMARQUE.SCR, orSSTARS.SCR.
  9. Similarly, edit the String field for the ScreenSaveTimeOutparameter, and enter the time (in seconds) you want the screensaver to wait before activating.
After you complete these changes and shut down Windows NT, the screensaver should activate if a user fails to log on within the timespecified by ScreenSaveTimeOut.

Article ID: 99590 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 01:01:00 - Revision: 4.0

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