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Registry key for enabling screensaver in Windows 7

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Can someone tell me what the registry key is to enable the screensaver in Windows 7? We had a GPO that turned if off, now a machine thats off the network needs to be turned on and I need to find the registry key. Thanks
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by:jcimarron
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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveActive  Data value=1

See http://www.windows-commandline.com/disable-screensaver-registry-settings/  for a command.
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There are multiple settings (timeout, password required, etc), all under:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

If all the other settings are good, but it just needs enabled, set
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveActive = 1
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveActive = 1


I'm listing both the default and current users because this is a per-user setting.  You may need to modify for any users who already exist on the box.
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by:Thomas N
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screensaveractive is already set to 1. I still get the error. I attached a screenshot.
screensaver.bmp
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Enabling those settings does not enable access to the display control panel itself.  That access is controlled by the GPO.
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thomastxiee --
That error message may point us to the fix.  The problem is not the registry key.
See
http://www.onlinecomputertips.com/pc-troubleshooting/display_error.html
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by:Thomas N
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Thanks jcimarron that worked to bring up the screensaver page but the options are grayed out. Can you show me where to change that setting?
screensaver.png
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thomastxiee--
Perhaps this will fix it
In the Registry Editor go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop . Locate the subkey named "ScreenSaveActive" in the list of keys on the right side of the screen.
Double-click on "ScreenSaveActive." Change the Value Data to 1

A similar thread may help
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_28277689.html
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