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    Hi all,

    In group policy where would I put a screensaver - as a computer or user setting? Im thinking computer as I want it to run even if someone is not logged on...

    Thanks!

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    Sorry but screen savers do not run at computer level, Microsoft have removed the ability to launch screen savers if not logged in.

    You can only launch a screensaver when a use is logged in on windows 7.

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    Not completely accurate. Direct3D isn't enabled on the Windows 7 login screen, so the default screensavers won't work.

    These 2 sites give some insight into it:

    Log On Screen Saver - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums
    How to get a screensaver at the Windows 7 login screen? - Super User

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    Sorry quite true, I missed out the direct3D bit, oops.

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    ah right - the whole point in our screensaver would be PRE login, dont really need them once users are logged in, because generally they are fairly active once logged in.

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    so lets say i do it just for logged on users - do i put it in the computer or user section of group policy?

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    If you wish something to run which doesn't require any user related stuff then I goes into computer. You are in essence applying the group policy to the computer to display a screensaver pre login.

    If you wish to apply a screensaver post login then you would usually set it to the user.

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    You can use the old ssmypics.scr from Windows XP and it works fine in Windows 7. We use two screen savers, one for not logged in (runs from drive c) and a logged in screen saver (runs from the server). Both directories contain a single jpg file. These are the keys I used in the build, pick out the keys of interest to customise it for your own preferences.

    Hope it helps
    Andrew

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "ScreenSaveTimeOut"="60"
    "ScreenSaveActive"="1"
    "SCRNSAVE.EXE"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ssmypics.sc r"

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "PowerOffActive"="0"
    "PowerOffTimeOut"="0"
    "ScreenSaverIsSecure"="0"
    "ScreenSaveTimeOut"="300"
    "ScreenSaveActive"="1"
    "SCRNSAVE.EXE"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ssmypic s.sc r"

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Slideshow]
    "ImageDirectory"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\config\\s ystemprofile\\My Documents\\My Pictures"
    "PaintInterval"=dword:00000000
    "ChangeInterval"=dword:00001770
    "DisplayFilename"=dword:00000000
    "MaxScreenPercent"=dword:00000064
    "DisableTransitions"=dword:00000001
    "AllowStretching"=dword:00000000
    "AllowKeyboardControl"=dword:00000000
    "MaxFailedFiles"=dword:000003e8
    "MaxSuccessfulFiles"=dword:00010000
    "MaxDirectories"=dword:000000c8

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Slideshow]
    "ImageDirectory"="\\\\SERVERNAME\\profiles\\Sc reen Saver"
    "PaintInterval"=dword:00000000
    "ChangeInterval"=dword:00001770
    "DisplayFilename"=dword:00000000
    "MaxScreenPercent"=dword:00000064
    "DisableTransitions"=dword:00000001
    "AllowStretching"=dword:00000000
    "AllowKeyboardControl"=dword:00000000
    "MaxFailedFiles"=dword:000003e8
    "MaxSuccessfulFiles"=dword:00010000
    "MaxDirectories"=dword:000000c8

    [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Slideshow]
    "ImageDirectory"="c:\\\\windows\\\\system32\\\\con fig\\\\systemprofile\\\\my documents\\\\my pictures"
    "PaintInterval"=dword:00000000
    "ChangeInterval"=dword:00001770
    "DisplayFilename"=dword:00000000
    "MaxScreenPercent"=dword:00000064
    "DisableTransitions"=dword:00000001
    "AllowStretching"=dword:00000000
    "AllowKeyboardControl"=dword:00000000
    "MaxFailedFiles"=dword:000003e8
    "MaxSuccessfulFiles"=dword:00010000
    "MaxDirectories"=dword:000000c8



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