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How do I change the screen saver settings?

At the school I am working at, there is a user profile that is unable to change the time that the screen saver comes on.  The area is all greyed out.  This is the only roaming user profile that this is happening to and the profile does not have its own GPO.  No matter where this profile is logged on to it is having the same issue.  We had found a way around it by changing the local group policiy on one of the computers, however this ended up changing the local group policy on every computer that the user logged into.  Why did this happen and is there another way to change this setting so that the screen doesnt go to the screen saver every 5 minutes?
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mayureshtodankarCommented:
To edit Manual Steps Using Windows XP Registry

Click Start and then Run.
Type regedit.exe in the Run dialog box.
Press ENTER on your keyboard.
Navigate to:

HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop

Right-click ScreenSaveTimeOut to select Delete.
Navigate to:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop

Right-click ScreenSaveTimeOut to select Delete.
Quit the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

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bryan1bmAuthor Commented:
Can I get an explanation as to what exactly this procedure is doing?
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
To explain what you have there already it is making changes directly to the currently logged in users screen saver timeout value as if you changed it through the GUI.

It sounds like there is a policy in place.  Easy option if this is the only user is to delete the profile.

If not an option then you could look in the output of

gpresult  /scope user /v
or
gpresult  /scope user /z

and see if there is some missed policy which does apply this setting.

Otherwise look in the registry of this user under HKCU where the policy to disable the gui screen saver page is.  There are a numbr of ways of doing it one is:

Open regedit
Navigate down to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Look for an entry like NoDispScrSavPage on the right hand side and delete it.

Steve
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bryan1bmAuthor Commented:
The HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System path did not exist.  There wasn't a System folder.
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
Ok so that policy isn't in place then, possibly others.  Have you looked at the gpresult output?
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
Glad I bothered.

Steve
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