Screensaver policy not working.

Abhishek Girme 96 Reputation points

Hello There,

We have 2016 x64 domain controller and Windows 10 x64 build across network.

We are trying to implement screensaver via GPO. However, I can see that policy is applied and users are unable to modify settings. But, still screensaver is not invoked after 15 minutes.

Could you guide me to fix this.

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  1. Abhishek Girme 96 Reputation points


    I just noticed that this GPO is not working on my system only. It is working on rest of the systems.

    And only difference is, my account does not have local admin privileges on the system. Could that be the reason?


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  1. Hannah Xiong 6,266 Reputation points


    Thank you so much for posting here.

    May I know whether we have configured the following policies?

    User Configuration>Policies>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Personalization

    1. Enable screen saver (enabled)
    2. Force specific screen saver (enabled)
    3. Password protect the screen saver (enabled)
    4. Screen saver timeout (enabled - 15minutes)

    According to our description, the policy is applied. Did we check the gpresult and confirmed that the policy is applied? If so, we could check whether the corresponding registry values have been changed on the client?

    For example:


    Best regards,
    Hannah Xiong

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  2. Abhishek Girme 96 Reputation points


    Thank you for responding.

    Attaching GPO screenshot with UNC path to .scr file.115367-policies.png115368-unc-path.png115381-gpresult.png

    I do not see settings in mentioned path of registry though.

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  3. Hannah Xiong 6,266 Reputation points


    You are welcome. Thank you so much for your kindly reply.

    The GPO is Corporate ScreenSaver, right? And we linked this GPO to the OU which contains the user account, right? Since it is user configuration, please log on the client with the user account within the OU and then run gpupdate /force to refresh the policies. Then run below command to check the report.

    gpresult /h C:\temp\report/html

    Please kindly check whether these is any error on the report. And check the policies under User Details.


    Besides, is there any Security Filtering or WMI filtering applied to this GPO?

    For any question, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Hannah Xiong

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  4. Abhishek Girme 96 Reputation points


    Not sure why it was not working even though policy was getting applied.

    Have exported registry and then import to my system and now it is working.

    Thank you for your support and inputs.

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