Windows 7 Screensaver

Posted on 2011-10-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hey experts, does anyone know how to create a shortcut to start the screensave in windows 7. I already have a shortcut to the SCR screensave and it does not meet my purpose. What I want is a way to start the screensaver where the on resume ask for the user password. The shortcut to the SCR screensaver file does NOT prompt for a password once the system resumes. So, any ideas?
Question by:stevensont
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    Expert Comment

    by:Em Man
    Did you try adding your *.scr to the screensaver default folder? so that you can change the settings to put a password when it resume?

    What Flavor of Windows 7 do you have?

    Author Comment

    C:\Windows\System32\*.scr are the default screensaver for windows 7 64-bit.

    I forgot to mention in my first post that when the screensaver automatically execute from the wait time, on resume, the password is enabled. It only doesn't work for the desktop shortcut.
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi stevensont, you can start you favorite screensaver by adding /s to the commandline, like this:

    %windir%\system32\scrnsave.scr /s

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    where the .scr is the screensaver you like.

    You can configure the screensaver to lock automatically in the control panel but starting it with the method above will not lock it.

    To lock as well, do this:
    %windir%\system32\scrnsave.scr /s & rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation

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    In a shortcut, add 'cmd /c', like this:
    cmd /c %windir%\system32\scrnsave.scr /s & rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation

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    Expert Comment

    Calling the *.scr directly (from shortcut) won't activate lock on workstation as it not trigger calling to lock workstation (I assume power profile is doing this calling)

    However, you still can call *.scr and lock workstation after that,

    It is not the good solution but you can try it first.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Gerwin Jansen
    @khairil - I'm sorry, I think you are repeating what said already, your link points to the exact solution to what I'm posting and I also mentioned that it won't lock by just calling the .scr. Please read previous posts :)

    Author Closing Comment

    It works for me. Thanks, been trying to figure this out for a while.

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