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Unable to force screensaver and screen lockout with gpo, win7 and win2008r2

Posted on 2010-09-02
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I'm Unable to force screensaver and screen lockout with gpo, win7 and win2008r2

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personnalisation\Enable ScreenSaver:Enabled

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personnalisation\Prevent Changing ScreenSaver:Enabled

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personnalisation\ScreenSaver Timeout:Enabled:600 Seconds

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personnalisation\Force Specific Screen Saver:Enabled:scrnsave.scr

Using those settings, the screensaver never comes up. It was working fine under Windows XP until we migrated to windows 7. To troubleshoot I disabled them all en re-enabled one after another but it seems that as soon as one of the setting is managed with gpo, screensaver/lockscreen wont work.

Thank you.
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Question by:Ars_Technica
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by:sighar
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Check if the scrnsave.scr on the Win7 machines is in the right place: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2109-screen-saver-change.html
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by:Ars_Technica
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yes it is.
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by:McKnife
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Start rsop.msc at the client. Is the policy applied?
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Finally found it,

1-I had some errors in a custom admx file that was preventing the processing on some pc (Group Policy Results Wizard)

2-On other pc's I had to update the drivers with windows updateé

3-We need to reboot each time we change something for the screensaaver even if the new settings are visible in the screen saver window, they don't work until the machine is rebooted.
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