Group Policy enforcement forced screen saver

I have a simple group policy called ALL_COMPUTERS that I have applied to the OU that contains all my desktops, laptops and QA and DEV systems.
After 900 seconds the screen saver kicks in and requires the username and password to be used when you resume activity. I followed the
I made it in the Group Policy Management tool on a my 2003 AD server, it’s enabled and at the top of the OU called DESKTOPS
There are three separate OUs inside that container, desktops, laptops, and qadevsystems
Each of those OUs has a few specific policies applied to them but they all inherit from the top level
The problem is, it does not seem to forcibly apply to the desktops, the user can change it back to whatever they want
Other policies I’m enforcing via this GP are applied, i.e firewall ports and forcing windows updates.
Just not the screen saver
The desktops are all running XP
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Mike KlineCommented:
Is the setting you are using

\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display.

then the screen saver policies in there?

Notice that is a user configuration policy so it has to be applied/linked where your users are located.  If you wanted it to apply to the machines you would have to enable loopback processing.  Generally loopback is used in TS/Citrix or Kiosk scenarios though so you test applying it to some test users and see how that goes for you.


the user will be able to change the options if they are a power user/admin. to prevent users from changing those options, youmust diable the screensaver tab altogether.

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