How to setup a Windows screen saver for Windows 7  through Group Policy.

Posted on 2014-08-28
Last Modified: 2014-09-15

We had Windows 2008 Domain controllers and migrated the DCs to Windows 2012.

We have started upgrading our PC from windows XP to 7.
The Screen saver kicks off in 10 minutes on our old XP PC but not on the new windows 7 PC.
If I am right it is looking for Screen saver settings related to windows 7 in the GPO and unable to find.
Do I need to create a separate screen save GPO for a windows 7 screen saver? I have not done this in the past .
 Please post me some tutorial s how this can be achieved
Question by:lianne143
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    by:Jian An Lim
    Windows 7 policy for screen saver:
    [User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization]
    READ further

    if not, we need to go via registry key
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    In addition to above,
    You need to provide proper local \ unc path for screen saver executable
    Ensure that screen saver file do exists at local path, you might want to use GP Preferences to copy screen saver file from UNC path to local machine path with 1st policy and within second policy you can apply screen saver with path
    Ensure that UNC path is accessible to user

    U need to install CSE patch on windows XP to enable GP preferences
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    by:Iain MacMillan
    might have been a little easier under 2008 or 2008R2, we have just completed Win 7 migrations, but held back upgrading the DC's to 2012 R2, as there a lot of policy/GPO and WSUS minefields to watch out for.

    That said, if you have created a Win 7 default policy, you can set screensaver and wallpaper settings via USER CONFIGURATION-->ADMIN TEMPLATES-->CLASSIC ADMIN TEMPLATES-->CONTROL PANEL-->DISPLAY

    There you can set your SCR location, name and timeout requirement, as well as preventing wallpaper being changed.

    Remaining wallpaper setting is under DESKTOP-->ACTIVE DESKTOP -- hook up to your test OU

    test out with the usual GPUPDATE /force on any test system
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