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Screen Saver Windows 8.1 not working

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The screen saver on my computer has gone haywire. Whether I set it to go on after 3 minutes, or whether I tell it to NOT go on (no screen saver) and set it to 99 minutes, after a few minutes I see the standard windows lock screen.

Where do I look to get this behavior to stop?
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Question by:Lev Seltzer
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Please look at the power options, first - especially at the time setting for "turn off the display". IIRC, when the screen turns off, the lockscreen comes to life, too.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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I had created a new plan "always on" and the screen was set to turn off "NEVER". the computer was also set to turn off NEVER.
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As The screen saver settings are per-user, please retry using a different user account.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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This is my computer. While I have created accounts for other users, they are almost never logged- in, and certainly at the time of the problem they are not logged in.
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Sure. But please follow my advice and login as another user (or create a test account and login as that one) and try if it works there, so we can find out if it comes from a broken user profile or not.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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I have not responded because this is not a simple task. There are three other accounts, none of which have been logged in for several weeks. This is my main machine, and I don't want to wait for the screen saver to kick in while I am not doing work.

If the screen saver were to NOT work on another account, then what would we do?
If it DOES work properly on another account, then what?

Reminder: I have the screen saver to go on after 99 minutes, and the screen to actually turn off NEVER.  Yet the lock screen still comes up after 10 minutes or so.
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Well, set it to 15 minutes, not 99, so you would not have to wait all day trying.
If for another user it worked, it seems to be a user bound configuration or, more likely, profile corruption which could be solved by creating a new profile.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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The lock screen comes on in much less than 99 minutes - more like 10 minutes - when I am logged in.
If we were to conclude that my profile was corrupted, I would not want to create a new one so quickly. The amount of information stored with my account is massive (e.g. saved fields in MSIE, email profiles,etc.) I could not risk losing that and starting over.
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Lev, you are not experienced with this tasks, so you have to trust experts that they know what they are talking about. Transferring settings from one profile to the other is as easy as transferring data.
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