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How to override the domain group policy for a screensaver

Updated March 23, 2017

Through the Group Policy Editor, an administrator is able to control a broad scope of functions for any Windows user. All configurable settings in Group Policy correspond to a specific registry key in the Registry Editor utility. Each policy's registry key holds a value that corresponds to the specified status and configuration. You can override the status of screensaver policies by modifying the appropriate registry keys. Proceed with caution when making changes to the registry, though, since an error in configuration could seriously damage your system's stability.

Identify the registry keys that correspond to screensaver policies you want to override. Consult a Group Policy Registry table.

Log into the system as an administrator. Click the "Start" menu button in the Windows Taskbar. Type "regedit" in the "Start Search" text field and press "Enter." The Registry Editor utility will open.

Expand "HKEY_CURRENT_USER," "Software," "Policies," "Microsoft," "Windows," "Control Panel," and click the "Desktop" sub-folder.

Double-click the "ScreenSaverIsSecure" value on the right pane. The "Edit DWORD Value" dialogue box will open. Type the number "0" in the "Value data" text field and click "OK." Note: This disables the Group Policy "Password protect the screen saver" setting.

Expand "HKEY_CURRENT_USER," "Software," "Policies," "Microsoft," "Windows," "Control Panel," and click the "Desktop" sub-folder.

Double-click the "ScreenSaveActive" setting on the right pane. The "Edit DWORD Value" dialogue box will open. Type the number "0" in the "Value data" text field and click "OK." Note: This disables the Group Policy "No screen saver" setting.

Close the Registry Editor utility and restart the system.

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Emilio Alvarez has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from San Diego State University and a minor in music composition from Southwestern College, San Diego. He has been writing since 2002 and has published short stories with Editorial Dunken (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where his work is part of a Spanish anthology: "El libro de talleres."