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Published on 05.18.09 by Brent Trahan

Force a Specified Screen Saver

Learn how to force a specified screen saver in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, the system displays the specified screen saver on the user’s desktop. Also, this setting disables the drop-down list of screen savers in the Screen Saver dialog in the Personalization or Display Control Panel, which prevents users from changing the screen saver.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, users can select any screen saver.

If you enable this setting, type the name of the file that contains the screen saver, including the .scr file name extension. If the screen saver file is not in the %Systemroot%\System32 directory, type the fully qualified path to the file.

If the specified screen saver is not installed on a computer to which this setting applies, the setting is ignored.

Force a Specified Screen Saver

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then select Personalization in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Force specific screen saver in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable, type the path to the screen saver executable (usually in %Systemroot%\System32) and then click OK to save the changes.


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