Group Policy Screensaver setting isn't working in Windows
This article helps work around an issue where the Screensaver doesn't start after a Group Policy is configured to enable it in Windows.
Applies to: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number: 2616727
A Group Policy is configured to enable Screensaver:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\Enable screen saver
But there's no setting defining a ScreenSaverTimeout configured in Screen saver timeout.
The Screensaver won't start in such a configuration by default.
The default ScreenSaver Timeout is configured in the registry at this location:
- Registry subkey:
- Type: Reg_SZ
- Name: ScreenSaveTimeOut
Since Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2, this key doesn't exist by default.
Without configuring a default timeout via Group Policy, the system doesn't have a timeout and therefore doesn't start the screensaver.
There are two workarounds to solve this issue.
Configure the Screen saver timeout Group Policy under the following path to change the default ScreenSaver timeout:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\
Use Group Policy Preferences to configure a new default value for the following registry key in a Group Policy applying to users:
User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry
New > Registry Item
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 running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.