Configure gpo for screen saver and wait time for win 8.1 and 10.

I want to write a group policy that keep the screen saver setting to (None) and wait time is 15 mins for all of our Win 8.1 and Win 10 clients. I want the screen saver to be greyed out so that users cannot change the screen saver and also wait time. All of our machines are domain joined.
These settings are obsolete when i was about to configure in GPO.
Chandra Shekar BusaAsked:
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Devin BeckerIdentity Management and SecurityCommented:

I was able to find and configure these group policy settings in Windows Server 2008 R2.

The settings you would want to look at would be in this location: User Configuration> Policies> Administrative Templates>Control Panel> Personalization.

The settings you would want to configure would be: "Prevent changing screen saver", "Screen saver timeout" and "Force Specific Screensaver".

With the 3 of these you should be able to set the user idle time, the screensaver you want, and prevent users from changing the screensaver.

You would have to add this group policy object into your domain or the specific user groups you would like them to affect. If you're testing this make sure to use the "gpupdate /force" command in the command line to force a group policy update if you are not restarting the computer.

Let me know if you have any further questions,

Devin Becker
Chandra Shekar BusaAuthor Commented:
Hi Devin,  
All of these settings say "This setting is obsolete". I attached 3 screenshots to this post.GP_1.jpgGP_2.jpgGP_3.jpg
Michael B. SmithManaging ConsultantCommented:
For Windows 10+ and Server 2016+, you want to set Administrative Templates --> Control Panel --> Personalization and two options, "Force a specific default lock screen and logon image" and "Prevent changing lock screen and logon image".

"Screen saver timeout" still works (as of v1809) and you've gotta use it.

I didn't check for Windows 8.1. But nothing is harmed by setting both sets of policies.

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Chandra Shekar BusaAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I applied the gpo and it is working now.
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