How to Force Disable Screen Saver in Windows 10
Screen savers were created to save very old CRT displays from being damaged by issues like screen burn-in. These days, they are mostly used to personalize the PC or improve its security with additional password protection. When needed, you can prevent users of your device from using screen savers by disabling this feature in Windows 10.
To prevent users from accessing the screen saver options, you can either apply a Registry tweak, or use Group Policy. Let's review these methods.
To Force Disable Screen Saver in Windows 10,
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click. If you do not have such a key, then just create it.
- Here, create a new string (REG_SZ) value ScreenSaveActive.
- Set its value data to 0 to disable the screen saver.
- To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out sign in again to your user account.
You are done!
Note: To undo the change, remove the ScreenSaveActive value, then sign out and sign in again to your user account in Windows 10. Also, a value data of 1 will force enable the screen saver for all users.
To save your time, you can
If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app to configure the options mentioned above with a GUI.
Disable Screen Saver using Group Policy
- Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:
- In Group Policy Editor, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
- Double-click on the policy option Enable screen saver.
- In the next dialog, select Disabled.
- Click Apply and OK.
You are done!
To undo the changes you made, just set the mentioned policy to Not configured.
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