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Screensaver via registry functioning oddly

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I am trying to push a custom made screensaver file *.scr to several machines in my network via registry keys.  After doing research on which keys to add and where I settled on these:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop  ScreenSaveTimeOut=300

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop  ScreenSaverIsSecure=1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop  ScreenSaveActive=1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop SCRNSAVE.EXE =maint.scr

I have tried other locations like "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop" with same results.

The .scr file is in the system32 and/or sysWOW64 (either place causes same issue)

Now for the issue.  The above edits apply via policy just like they are suppose to but when I or any user log in and wait the 300 seconds for the screensaver to turn on nothing happens.  I go look at the "Screen Saver Settings" and the maint.scr is chosen with 5 minutes on the wait time.  If I change the wait time to anything lower or higher in time and the screen saver will work, I also changed it back to 5 minutes and it works then as well. Although when a new user logs on the settings are overridden by the policies and I have to go through the changing of the wait time to get it to work again.

Oh, this is happening on Windows 10 Pro machines up-to-date on all drivers, window updates, and software updates.

Any ideas?
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