Screen Saver & GPO

Soar 106 Reputation points

I've created a screen saver to be run across the domain, and placed in C:\Windows\System32 of the domain controller. Then I created a GPO and enabled screen saver in User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.

And in the Force Specific Screen Saver, I gave the path C:\Windows\System32\MyScreenSaver.scr, after enabling it of course, and after enabling and specifying the timeout as well.

But it looks like the domain wouldn't copy this screen saver to the client computers to run it.

What am I missing here?

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  1. Karlie Weng 15,676 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Based on this setup guide , it appears several steps were overlooked. Additionally, your current steps only apply where the Group Policy is set up, not the entire domain.

    First, ensure the Authenticated Users group has read permissions on the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Typically, it’s better to use a shared network folder, like the SYSVOL directory on a Domain Controller, that all users can read from to store the screensaver file. This way, the folder will be synced to the clients' public user profile using Group Policy Preferences (GPP).

    Meanwhile, you need to export the relevant registry value from a reference computer and then import it into the Group Policy.User's image

    Finally, enable the "Force specific screen saver" policy and specify "PhotoScreensaver.scr" as the screensaver.

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