Can I fool Windows to make screensaver not startup? Policy problem

Posted on 2006-03-22
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
How can I fool Windows into thinking that the mouse is moving so that the screensaver does not start? A person who does Powerpoint presentations logs on with her domain account, the policy is that the screensaver kicks in after 10 minutes. The company policies in place make the screensaver tab disappear, so the user cannot turn it off. If I try to tinker with it, I will get in trouble as it is corporate policy to have the screensaver on. My only suggestion to the user is to move the mouse about every ten minutes to avoid the screensaver coming on during the presentation. There must be a better way, without me getting in trouble for making changes to the registry.
Question by:creg021099
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    what if she disconnected the ethernet cable while giving the presentation?  this would keep her from actually being logged into the domain while doing her presentation...
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    yet the policy update will kick in and refresh that setting once she has connectivity back and even if she doesnt log on to the domain with a connectivity the policy settings are cached, imagine the security flaw if the only way to get around policy was to disconnect your cable, log on and then connect back up, youwould have a 90 minute Gap between your next update!1

    you need to talk to the admin and request a change in the timeout period for this user. they will either create a new policy for her or they may change policy, this is a simlar problem to what we had and in the end the user just dealt with moving the mouse

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    Thank you zephyr_hex and Jay_Jay70 for your suggestions. I thing Jay_Jay70 is right. I cannot ask Data Security admins to make a special policy just for the user, this is the same laptop she uses on a regular basis at work. Also, this is a health insurance environment, so HIPAA requirements dictate after five pr ten minutes of inactivity, computers automatically time out. A screensaver appears and a password is required to unlock the screensaver.

    I would like to say by creating a local account on the laptop would circumvent the issue, because in logged on as a local admin the screensaver tab is available. But wonderful corporate policy says I cannot create a local account on a PC, so I am back to square one. Occasionally moving the mouse seems to be the answer. Thanks again for both of your comments.
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    thats ok, local account would solve issues for sure, but you dont want to be in a postion where you are going against security policies and can get yourself in grief....
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    Are you sure that when powerpoint is in presentation mode (F5) that the screen saver will still kick in? The only other option is to make sure she (or a trusty sidekick) moves the mouse every 8 minutes. There used to be a 'trick' where running windows media player would override the screen saver so you could loop a small video in the background and see if this works.

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    The Windows 2000 Resource kit (#2?) included a 'clear' screensaver. but your HIPAA policies probably mandate the password protection.
     Log on locally to the laptop (at the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen, click the Options button and change the "Log on to:") and avoid the policies when running Powerpoint, you can't access network resources but if the presentation is on the HDD, a USB drive, or CD, you don't need anything else.

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