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

Data type Range Default value
REG_SZ Path and file name There is no default value for this entry.


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

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 Screen saver executable name policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes the entry from the registry.

When this entry appears in the registry, the system uses the screen saver specified in the value of this entry. Also, the system disables the drop-down list of screen savers on the Screen Saver tab in Display in Control Panel, so users cannot change the screen saver while a policy is in effect.

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 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The Screen saver executable name policy can be superceded by the No screen saver policy (ScreenSaveActive). If the value of ScreenSaveActive 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 SCRNSAVE.EXE in the Control Panel\Desktop subkey.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Group Policy Reference (Gp.chm) on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit companion CD.

For general information about Group Policy, see Group Policy in Windows 2000 Help.

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

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