HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop

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Specifies the screen saver used, and prevents users from changing it.

This entry stores the setting of the Screen saver executable name Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry.

If this entry appears in the registry, the system uses the screen saver specified in the value of this entry. Also, the system disables the list of screen savers on the Screen Saver tab in Display in Control Panel, so users cannot change the screen saver.

The value of this entry must include the executable name of a valid Windows screen saver file, including the .scr file name extension. If the screen saver file is not in the Systemroot \System32 directory, the value must include the fully qualified path to the file. If the specified screen saver is not installed on the computer, no screen saver runs.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Screen saver executable name Group Policy (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display).

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The Screen saver executable name policy can be superceded by the No screen saver Group Policy (which corresponds to the ScreenSaveActive entry). If the value of the ScreenSaveActive entry is 0, then screen savers do not run on the computer, and the SCRNSAVE.EXE entry is ignored.

This entry takes precedence over a user setting. When this entry appears in the registry, a policy is in effect, and the system ignores the value of the SCRNSAVE.EXE entry in the HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop subkey.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

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