HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop

Data type


Default value


File name

(There is no default value for this entry.)


Specifies the name of the screen saver executable file.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, double-click Display in Control Panel. Click the Screen Saver tab, and then select a screen saver from the Screen saver list.


Windows 2000 adds this entry to the registry when you use Display in Control Panel to select a screen saver. If you disable all screen savers, by choosing (None) from the Screen Saver list, Windows 2000 deletes this entry from the registry.

This entry can be superceded by a Group Policy included in Windows 2000. While the Screen saver executable name Group Policy is enabled, the system ignores this entry. The setting of the Screen saver executable name Group Policy is stored in the SCRNSAVE.EXE entry, which is in the Policies subkey.