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Set XP 3d Text screensaver via GPO

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I have 40 laptops all running Windows XP in a Production environment.  Our domain is 2008.

I need to automatically set the standard XP 3D Text screensaver and change the properties of this to show the current time.

Is there a way I can automate this via GPO and not have to visit each laptop?
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Configuration path for Screensaver is

User configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

There are 2 policy that need to enable.

1) Enable Screensaver
2) Force specific screen  saver.

GPO

In force Specific Screen you have to give full path of .scr
%Systemroot%\System32\ssText3d.scr

Now the problem is there is no option available to set it should display Time message on the Screensaver.

scr file get modified on each machine depending on the setting they have kept in the 3D test settings.

So might be Some ppls see Custom text message and other may see time ( depending on the local screensaver configuration.
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Thanks for the comment.  I’ve been reading and it looks like I can run AD to deploy this... if so... this is what I need to do.  I need to create a custom ADM file to configure the 3dtext screensaver.  This will allow me to configure all the settings for the 3d text.. color, size, speed etc.  Once I have this file configured though how do I apply this to the particular GPO that controls these computers?
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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yes that is correct, but frankly tell you i have not tested same.

i found one link which will guide you how to deploy ADM file in group policy

on the same you will also found custom 3dtext screensaver code.

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/69000-help-modify-3d-text-screensaver-in-registry-entry/
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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You should not run screensavers. They use power and age LCDs.

3D screensavers use lots of CPU.

Time can be seen on taskbar.

My 2 cents.
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Agreed.  This one is politcal where I work however and not my choice.
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