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Windows 7: Screen Saver - Specify a Default for All Users

28 Oct 2010   #10

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gkp View Post
I added the settings but it will not overwrite the local user settings. I put two different DisplayStrings in and the one from the local user account show up. I even logged off and see if it would make a change.

I found where I can add it to the default user for any new accounts but I am also looking to make changes to existing ones.

I add the DispalyString under the default user and then logged in as a new user. It did not add it to the new user account. Now I am really looking for a way to do this.


This is the default setting for this in the registry for the user that is currently logged in. You try logging in to each user account one at a time, change this registry setting for the 3D Text screen saver to what you want the text to say, then apply the group policy to specify the 3D Text screen saver.

Screen Saver - Specify a Default for All Users-logged_in_user.jpg

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17 Nov 2013   #11

Win 7 Pro 64
For All Users?

To Set a Default Screen Saver for All Users
A) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Doesn't adding/changing these registry settings only apply to the currently logged-in user?

How do you change it for "All Users" without having to log in as each individual user?
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17 Nov 2013   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello CSRTech, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not when it's in the Policies key. Policies are applied to all users.
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17 Nov 2013   #13

Win 7 Pro 64

OK, I must be missing something obvious then. I have a Win 7 Pro-32 machine with 1 Administrative user and 2 non-admin users. Under the Admin user's account I followed your instructions and created the registry settings:

I then log in as a non-admin user and I can still access/control the screensaver, it has not been set as specified by the policies, and if I check the Registry keys for the current user the policies are not there:

Rebooting does not change the results.

However, if I specify the settings in the Local Group Policy using GPedit; it does promlugate to the other users.

However I would rather deploy this to the other standalone PCs by doing a registry input rather then copying the Regitry.pol file to the other PCs as it would wipe out any other local group policies existing on those PCs.

So where is my mistake with the registry implementation?

And thanks for the warm welcome!
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17 Nov 2013   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hmm, I just tested, and sure enough the registry method is not working anymore.

That's the same registry location that group policy sets as shown using "Process Explorer", so I'm not sure why it's not working anymore when doing it manually in the registry and does in Group Policy when it the exact same setting set by both.

I'll have to do some more testing to see what may have changed.
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17 Nov 2013   #15

Win 7 Pro 64

No, absolutely no other group policies on this testpc.

Admin User SS Control Panel:

Other Users:
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17 Nov 2013   #16

Win 7 Pro 64

Probably some Windows security update

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17 Nov 2013   #17

Win 7 Pro 64

I found the following under [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\system.ini\boot]:

"ScreenSaverActive"="USR:Control Panel\\Desktop"
"ScreenSaverIsSecure"="USR:Control Panel\\Desktop"
"SCRNSAVE.EXE"="USR:Control Panel\\Desktop"

but I wouldn't think INI file mapping should affect this? Should it?
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17 Nov 2013   #18

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Nar, it shouldn't.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Sep 2014   #19


did you try putting the .reg file in the startup for all users. so when each person logs in, it
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