What to Do if You Fall in Love With More Than One

What to Do if You Fall in Love With More Than One Screensaver

by: Roman Kramar

If you don’t know where one screensaver goes when you install another one then this article is for you. Learn about the standard way of switching between installed screensavers and get prepared to a much more convenient one.

It was a great surprise for me to get dozens of emails complaining about what I myself would have never thought of. Many people installed my Rainy Screensaver ( http://www.elasticsystems.com/rainy/ ) and found it quite entertaining. But then they got upset because their previous screensaver was very fun too and now it wouldn’t come up anymore.

What has happened to their old screensaver after the installation of another one? Today we will deal with this question.

Probably, many of you will find this information rather obvious. I am really sorry for not being very helpful to this part of my readers this time. But I receive too many emails of described nature. This leaves me with the hope that some people will learn something new in their quests for becoming Screensaver Gurus.

Here we go. The root of the problem is that screensaver installation hides many steps happening behind the scene. This is very convenient but itกs what makes the answer to our question not so obvious for many people.

I hope you were following my articles. In Windows Screensavers Explained I told you about the place where screensavers live in your system. But don’t worry if you missed that article. Hereกs the information you need.

Your operating system (and we are talking about Microsoft Windows here) expects to find available screensavers in two folders on your hard drive. These folders are C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System if you use Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me. If you have Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP then these folders are C:\WINNT and C:\WINNT\System32. Note that I suppose you system is installed on your hard drive C. If your system is on drive D, you should look into D:\Windows. The same goes for other drives.

When you install a screensaver it gets into one of these folders. The screensaver simply copies itself over there. Some screensavers have more than one file. Usually they copy other files into a separate folder under your Program Files. But it makes no difference for the purpose of our discussion.

The main idea behind all this is that your previous screensaver doesn’t disappear. A new screensaver copies itself into one of the mentioned folders. But copying is not removing. The previous screensaver is not removed unless you uninstall it manually. That is, if you install two or more screensavers, you can still enjoy all of them.

What exactly should you do to admire all screensavers installed on your system? The answer is simple and you could easily find it yourself by an accident. Try the following. Right click anywhere on the empty desktop and choose Properties. You will see Display Properties dialog. This dialog has many pages but you need the one named Screen Saver. Activate it by clicking on its title. You should see a preview window with the last installed screensaver. Now look below that window. Thereกs a drop down list with the name of that screensaver. This drop down list is the answer to our question. You can select any screensaver installed on your system by clicking on the list. After that Windows will launch only the screensaver you have selected.

The described solution is perfect if you have two or three favorite screensavers and would like to change between them once in a week. But what if you have five or ten favorite screensavers and want to see them on a daybyday basis? We will beat this problem next time by introducing a few quite useful tools. They can make switching between screensavers a lot easier and more entertaining. Stay tuned…

About The Author

About the author: Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

webmaster@elasticsystems.com

This article was posted on May 17, 2003

by Roman Kramar

What You Should Know About Installing Screensavers

What You Should Know About Installing Screensavers

by: Roman Kramar

Do you remember that frustrating feeling when you find an interesting screensaver and can’t install it on your computer? This article will help you to never have it again.

Back to when Windows 95 started to find its home on many computers there was just half a dozen of screensavers preinstalled with the system. All you could do was selecting one of these. It was as simple as boring.

Luckily those times are left behind. Now we have hundreds of screensavers developed throughout the years and available for download. Finding a nice screensaver matching your taste and style can be a hard task. How much disappointing is it when you are unable to install the discovery on your computer then? I bet you know.

Often you come across a screensaver with an intriguing description and no screenshots. You are curios to see it in action. But: SLAP! You can’t figure out the way to make it work on your system and you will never know what you have missed. What a pity! I know.

Well… Enough! Enough of this! There should be a way to make us, screensaver hunters, luckier. Keep reading. Thereกs something that can open a whole new world of screensavers to you.

First, in order to fight this evil, we should find its roots. Why is it so that we have the problem? Mainly itกs because there are several ways to distribute screensavers:

As selfextracting installation packages

As ZIPped installation packages

As individual .SCR files

The selfextracting packages are the easiest to install. You just download the screensaver and double click it. Then the installation program starts and performs all the steps necessary to install the screensaver. That is, you have it ready for use just with a few mouse clicks.

You can recognize the ZIPped installation packages by their names. They have ก.zipก at the end. Double clicking such files will probably get you nowhere unless you are well prepared.

The third category is represented by files with names ending with ก.scrก. Activating such file usually launches the screensaver. Thatกs not bad. At least you can see what itกs all about. But this way it won’t appear in the list of available screensavers that the operating system starts if your computer goes to rest. That is, you have to use a little trick if you like the screensaver.

Now that the reason of our problems is a bit more obvious, I almost hear your question. Once the selfextracting packages are the easiest to install, why just not to stick with them? Okay, you are right. It makes a perfect sense. But you forget one important thing. Screensavers are created by programmers.

And programmers differ from other computer users in that they see everything from their very specific and technical point of view. Itกs not a problem for them to extract files from ZIPped packages as they work with them very often. It is rather natural for them to copy files into secret system folders that 80% of users didn’t hear about and don’t have to.

Thatกs why they create screensavers and put them on download sites in the form that is hard to install for you. But don’t hurry to blame them. They mostly do it unintentionally, not because they hate people who can’t handle ZIP archives or bare screensaver files.

I know it because I am one of them. In fact (my face goes red here) my Rainy Screensaver ( http://www.elasticsystems.com/rainy/ ) was distributed as a ZIPped package until version 1.7. Thanks to the people who provided me with their feedback. I really don’t see any reason to hurt those who use their computers as tools or source of entertainment. These people don’t have to know all technical aspects.

I hope more and more screensaver writers will understand this and will make their screensavers easier for you to install. Meanwhile you yourself can get the knowledge needed to handle not so friendly installations without a problem. So letกs get back to installing ZIPped packages and bare screensaver files.

* ZIPped installation packages

These ก.zipก files are known as archives. It is very popular way to spread software and information over the net. They let you to กpackก many files into one that is much easier to download. They also use special methods known as compression to reduce the final size of the packed files and thus save your time and money spent downloading them.

In order to unpack (extract) files from a ZIPped package you should use a special program. Probably the most popular and easy to use is WinZip. You can download it from http://www.winzip.com. Windows XP has a builtin support for ก.zipก files so, if you use Windows XP, thereกs no need for additional software.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that a ก.zipก package usually contains a collection of files that should be extracted somewhere before you can use them. It doesn’t matter what program you use to extract the files. Just follow its instructions to do it and put extracted files in the place of your choice. Itกs better to create a special folder for such cases. Alternatively you can use temporary folder provided by Windows.

Once the files are extracted you should examine them. If you see one named กInstall.exeก or กSetup.exeก among them then you can double click it to complete the installation process. Even though archives are very convenient when used on a bunch of files, they can be used to pack a single file to reduce its size. So if you have extracted a single file with its name ending with ก.scrก then you should keep reading.

* Bare screensaver files

As I have said before, these files have their name ending with ก.scrก. They are screensavers themselves. That is, they are the programs that create all these amazing effects when started. You can find some details about them in my article กWindows Screensavers Explainedก at http://www.elasticsystems.com/articles.html .

The easiest known way to install ก.scrก files is to right click on them and then choose กInstallก from available menu options. Once you do this, Windows will set the screensaver as default and open Display Properties dialog where you can adjust screensaverกs settings if you wish.

This way has some disadvantages though. First, you should be careful with where you keep the screensaver file. If you have put it in the temporary folder and it is likely to be deleted or moved somewhere else later, then the system won’t find the screensaver anymore. So youกd better create a special folder for screensavers that you choose to install this way. Second, if you select another screensaver from the list in Display Properties dialog then Windows will forget any screensaver installed using the described method. That is, you will have to right click it and choose กInstallก once and again.

Nevertheless, this way is very convenient if you just want to take a look at the screensaver, play with its settings and delete it. If you really like the screensaver and want it to brighten boring cloudy days then youกd better find a cozier place to keep it.

How do you find such place? Itกs easy. What you need is to drag the screensaver into your Windows folder. If you use Windows 95/98 or Windows Me then chances are this folder is on your drive C: and has a name of กWindowsก. If you use Windows NT/2000 or Windows XP then itกs probably on your drive C: and is called กWINNTก. Once you put the screensaver in this folder it will be available in the list of installed screensavers in Display Properties dialog. Now you can select it whenever you wish. Furthermore, you should worry no more about reinstalling it every time you change your mind and select another screensaver.

TIP: Sometimes you download a ZIPped installation package for screensaver, extract its contents to some folder and find there both กSetup.exeก (or กInstall.exeก) and ก.scrก files. In this case double clicking กInstallก or กSetupก is the preferred way. Thatกs because the installation program will perform all the steps needed to install the screensaver like copying necessary files, updating system registry, providing uninstaller and so on. Simply copying the ก.scrก file to Windows folder apparently won’t do it.

Now that you have a few more useful tricks under your belt, you can install much more screensavers. Add here acquired confidence that those screensavers you like are ready to please you whenever you wish and thereกs a good reason to become a bit happier.

About The Author

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

webmaster@elasticsystems.com

This article was posted on May 17, 2003

by Roman Kramar

Windows Screensavers Explained

Windows Screensavers Explained

by: Roman Kramar

In this article you will find some background information about screensavers and their history. You will also learn how Windows screensavers differ from other programs and how you can use it to your own advantage. Also there are some tips for users owning laptops, notebooks or CDburning devices.

Have you ever asked yourself a question like กWhat is a screensaver actually?ก I did. And now I will gladly share the results of my investigation. As you can see easily, splitting the word กscreensaverก into two words will give us the phrase กscreen saverก. This isn’t a rocket science and itกs clear that the phrase suggests our subject somehow saving the screen. So the word กscreensaverก can be applied to some sort of good things that save the screen of our so much beloved babycomputer. But what does it mean exactly? Who is going to harm our computer screen? Who could be such a bad person? The answer lies in the exact definition of screensavers.

If you are a meticulous person then you can search the Internet and come up with some of the existing definitions. But don’t hurry. I will list some of the most often found. Here they are:

A moving picture or pattern that appears on your screen when you have not moved the mouse or pressed a key on the computer for a specified period of time. Screensavers prevent screen damage that is caused when the same areas of light and dark are displayed for long periods of time.

A program that กwakes upก after a certain amount of time has elapsed with no keyboard or mouse activity and blanks the screen or displays various moving objects across the screen; these are used to prevent your screen from getting กburn inก.

An animated picture or graphic that can be programmed through the Display control panel to come on the computer screen after so much inactivity time has elapsed. The main reason for a screensaver is to reduce wear and tear on the CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) inside the monitor that can burn out or become etched if the same window is left on for extended periods of time.

The picture is getting clearer, isn’t it? Letกs make it plain. The กburn inก or กdamageก used in these definitions refer us to the time before 90ies. At that time many cathode ray tubes in TVs, computer monitors or elsewhere were prone to be damaged if the same pattern (e.g., the WordPerfect status line; the Pong score readout; or a TV channelnumber display) was shown at the same position on the screen for very long periods of time. The phosphor on the screen would กfatigueก and that part of the screen would seem grayed out, even when the CRT was off.

TIP: Be careful when using a screensaver on a computer with an LCD screen (most laptops and notebooks). A pixel on an LCD screen is on when itกs dark; therefore, blacking the screen as some screensavers do would cause more damage.

Eventually CRTs which were resistant to burnin (and which sometimes went into sleep mode after a period of inactivity) were developed. But in the meantime, solution was found: home video game systems of the era (e.g., Atari 2600s) would, when not being played, change the screen every few seconds, to avoid burnin; and computer screensaver programs were developed.

The first screensavers were simple screen blankers they just set the screen to all black, but, in the best case of creeping featurism ever recorded, these tiny (often under 1K long) programs grew without regard to efficiency or even basic usefulness. At first, small, innocuous display hacks (generally on an almostblack screen) were added. Later, more complex effects appeared, including animations (often with sound effects!) of arbitrary length and complexity.

And now we live in the world full of fun and entertaining screensavers. Many of them produce amazing and very attractive effects. You can find a screensaver on any theme you like, download it, install and enjoy.

This means that a typical screensaver is a program. And it really is. But isn’t there something different? Is there something that distinguishes a program running as screensaver from other typical programs? You’re right, there is a bit of mystery. In order to demystify it we should plunge deeper into screensaver mechanics. But don’t be afraid. It isn’t complicated at all.

First, as you already know, screensavers are launched automatically by the operating system.

TIP: Be careful if you use CDBurning devices regularly and your system is configured to launch screensaver after some period of inactivity. Some screensavers produce very sophisticated effects but for the price of intensive CPU load. If you leave your computer while CDBurning software is working, screensaver will be launched. This can sometimes lead to the CDR/RW disks burned improperly.

During their installation process screensavers are copied to the system directory (years ago users had even to copy screensavers by themselves). Once they are there, Windows finds them and puts in the list of available screensavers. You can see this list in the Display Properties dialog. But how does the system know that the program in its system directory is a screensaver? The answer is simple. Any screensaver program has a name ending with ก.SCRก extension, while a typical program has the ก.EXEก extension at the end. This is the first difference.

Second, almost every screensaver has a bunch of settings allowing you to change its appearance in many ways. This isn’t a much difference because many typical programs have options and settings too. The difference lies in the way the user invokes configuration dialogs. Windows provides the only way to do it. Itกs the Display Properties dialog mentioned above. Other programs usually have their own buttons or menus to do that. Why are we talking about it? Itกs simple. The whole process means that the system has a way to communicate with screensavers: to launch them, preview and configure on your demand while other typical programs don’t have it. Usually they are simply launched and thatกs all. This is the second difference.

So what? How can we use it to our own advantage? Imagine yourself downloading a new screensaver, running it and finding it rather amazing. The screensaver can be so amazing and entertaining, that you would like to show it running on your screen to the friend of yours. But wait. How do you do that? What if your system is configured to launch the screensaver after 5 minutes of inactivity only? Or after 10 minutes or even more? Will you wait for this eternity? You can say that there is always a way to launch the screensaver from the Dialog Properties. But in order to do that you should launch the dialog, find the Screen Savers tab and click the Preview button. Quite a lot of things to do. And if you are willing to demonstrate two or even more screensavers the things get complicated even more. And what if the screensaver youกve found looks best when the whole desktop wallpaper is seen on the screen? The Display Properties dialog will simply destroy this unique beauty you were willing to share.

Now imagine that doubleclicking an icon on your desktop could do all this. Simple action, no unnecessary dialogs. Sure, some preparation steps are needed. But they are done once. After that you can enjoy launching screensavers using icons as many times as you wish. Is it worth doing? Try it, the result can be very effective. Once you manage the process, you can proudly call yourself a กProfessional Screensaver Userก. If you like the idea then thereกs the way to achieve it:

Use Windows explorer to navigate to your system directory. Usually it is C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System if you use Windows 95/98/Me. If you use Windows NT/2000/XP, then you should look in C:\WINNT or C:\WINNT\System32

Look through the list of programs there. It can be quite large, but you can easily find the name of the screensaver you are looking for. Alternatively you can use the กFind Files or Foldersก facility.

Once youกve found it, use the right mouse button to drag the file onto the desktop. After releasing the mouse select กCreate Shortcut Hereก from the popup menu. The icon for the screensaver should appear on your desktop.

Now you can launch the screensaver at any time. Simply doubleclick the created icon. Enjoy! I will be glad if you feel a bit more control over the system.

About The Author

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

webmaster@elasticsystems.com

This article was posted on May 15, 2003

by Roman Kramar

Putting Screensavers Under Control

Putting Screensavers Under Control

by: Roman Kramar

No matter how much you enjoy your favorite screensavers, sometimes they can be rather annoying. Don’t like them interrupting your presentations? Hate them disturbing you watching movies? Look no further. This article will show you how to gain full control over your screensavers in no time.
Thereกs no doubt screensavers bring a pleasant variety to your desktop. Not to mention they prevent your monitor from burnins. Still there are times they had better sit quiet and hadn’t interfered with your work.
Demonstrating a slideshow, watching a movie, reading an article all these activities and many others may leave your computer with no keyboard and mouse input for a few minutes. Depending on your preferred settings, two or three minutes of inactivity may be enough for a screensaver to start and interrupt your work when it shouldn’t.
The obvious solution to the problem is disabling screensavers right before any of those activities. However, itกs very likely youกll forget to do it. Furthermore, itกs even more likely youกll forget to turn screensavers back on later, thus leaving yourself without their benefits for indefinite time.
Thankfully, we are not the first people who encountered this problem. Quite many different tools already exist to help you. They range from simple support for screensavers in some applications to universal and powerful tools to control them.
If screensavers interrupt you often when you watch movies, but otherwise don’t bother you, you may find it sufficient to use a media player that has a builtin support for screensavers. For example, Winamp and The Playa have an option to prevent screensavers from starting while they play a movie. Consider using one of them or another media player having that option unless you are looking for a more versatile tool.
For those of you whoกd like to have full control no matter what you do, there are many universal applications. This time we will talk about two of them.
If you want a program that is easy to use and that would allow you to disable screensavers quickly and then easily enable them, Hot Corners is right for you. Itกs a small tool letting you control screensavers in three ways:

by moving the mouse into one of the screen corners
by pressing a combination of keys on your keyboard
by clicking an icon in the system tray

You can set one screen corner for disabling screensavers and another for starting them. This way moving the mouse into the first corner will prevent any screensaver from starting. Moving the mouse into the second corner will start your default screensaver. Holding the mouse in any other place of your desktop will make screensavers behave in the usual manner. For you convenience, Hot Corners allow you to vary the size of the corners. This way you won’t waste too much time positioning the mouse precisely.
Alternatively, you can set a pair of keyboard shortcuts to quickly disable or activate a screensaver. You may prefer this method if you extensively use the keyboard while working.
Another useful feature of Hot Corners is Power Management control. Not only it can prevent screensavers from starting, but it also won’t let your monitor to go in power saving and poweroff modes.
Hot Corners were created by South Bay Software, and are available for download from
http://www.southbaypc.com/HotCorners/
Another interesting tool is Galt Screen Control by Galt Technology. It definitely lacks the variety of screensaver control methods available in Hot Corners. Nevertheless, it has many other features you may find useful.
There is only one way to disable screensavers using Galt Screen Control. You will have to right click the application icon in the system tray and select the corresponding option.
But thereกs more in it than simply disabling screensavers. You can select an option that will disable them for 1/2, 1, 2, or 4 hours, giving you even finer control. This way you will never forget to enable screensavers back later. Galt Screen Control provides an easy and convenient way to launch or configure any installed screensaver. It requires you just two menu clicks. Furthermore, the tool can select a random screensaver when you ask it. Alternatively, it can do it on each program startup or on an hourly basis.
You can download Galt Screen Control from
http://www.galttech.com/screenshots/screencontrol.html
Now that Iกve shared these little secret tools with you, itกs time to show your screensavers their real master. Don’t waste a second! Put them under control!

About The Author

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

webmaster@elasticsystems.com

This article was posted on July 30, 2004

by Roman Kramar

Falling in Love With More Than One Screensaver: Th

Falling in Love With More Than One Screensaver: The Fun Part

by: Roman Kramar

Having from five to ten and more favorite screensavers is cool. But how do you enjoy them all in a straightforward and convenient way? Draw the power you need from the little yet useful tools discussed in this article!
As you remember, earlier in my article What to Do if You Fall in Love With More Than One Screensaver we discussed the standard way of switching between multiple screensavers. Having that possibility is a pleasure indeed. Just imagine that your operating system doesn’t let you easily vary screensavers to suit your mood. Youกd be forced to uninstall the installed screensaver, and then install a new one. Avoiding this effort would lead you to a fabulous triumph of utter boredom! Thankfully, itกs not the case. Furthermore, as you will see, there are tools that make switching between your favorite screensavers a breeze.
As strange as it may sound, computers were created to make our lives easier. Really, they are very good at automating repeating and boring tasks. And now is the very moment to remind them of that.
Imagine your innermost dream. You just sit doing nothing and your computer, your dutiful servant, takes care of your problem without your slightest intervention. All what is left to you is to enjoy the fruits of its labor. Nice, huh? Tada! Enter Random Screensaver!
If you have never heard about Random Screensaver, fear not! กRandomก here has nothing to do with a random and unpredictable mess on your screen. Itกs the first little tool that will help you drive away the boredom of manually switching between your favorite screensavers.
The idea behind the tool is simple yet very useful. Random Screensaver is not a screensaver in the first place. It wears this disguise to take control each time the operating system says itกs a perfect moment to start the screensaver. Once in control, the tool looks at the list of available screensavers and asks a random performer from the list to start its show.
Thatกs it! If you install Random Screensaver, you will never have to switch your savers manually. Each time a different screensaver will start. All your favorites will get a regular outing!
Oh! Iกve forgotten to tell you the most important thing. Random Screensaver is completely free, and you can download it from this page:
http://www.clearnight.com.au/random.htm
There you will find two different versions: กQuick downloadก and กFull installation.ก The first one is a bare screensaver file and is very small. The second is a selfextracting installation package that will do all the installation work for you, but itกs much bigger. If you don’t want to waste your time downloading the bigger package, itกs time to recall my previous article What You Should Know About Installing Screensavers. There you can get the knowledge needed to install the bare screensaver file.
Now that we have solved our primary problem, I can hear some of my readers start grumbling. If you are one of them, I know whatกs bothering you. Remember in the beginning of this article I said how bad it would be if you could not match your mood with running screensavers? But Random Screensaver knows nothing about your feelings. It simply runs a random screensaver. Well, there still is a cure for those of you who can’t stand this disease.
The second tool I would like to tell you about is AllSaver! Although not free, itกs a perfect cure for the second problem. It works much like Random Screensaver, but in addition to running a random show, it lets you tell exactly which screensavers you would like to see. So, if you feel today is a good day for just five of your favorite savers, and other twenty of them should rest, you can have it this way! Simply add those five to the list, and itกs done!
But wait, thereกs even more to please you! AllSaver! has one unique feature. It makes it possible to run two or four of your favorites at the same time! You select how many screensavers to run, and AllSaver! splits the screen as needed, providing the space for all running screensavers.
If you can’t wait to see it in action, you can download this amazing tool using this link:
http://www.emotional.com/AllSaver.htm
Use these tools, and say กnoก to the boredom of seeing one and only screensaver! Variety is a good thing. Have fun!

About The Author

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

webmaster@elasticsystems.com

This article was posted on July 30, 2004

by Roman Kramar

What to Do if All Screensavers Fun is Grayed Out?

What to Do if All Screensavers Fun is Grayed Out?

by: Roman Kramar

Finally, you have some time to personalize your desktop with an interesting screensaver. But wait… Whatกs that? Why in the world the system prevents you from doing that? The screensaver controls are grayed out or, even worse, the whole Screensaver tab is missing from Display Properties. Don’t panic! This article will help you change things for the better.
Iกve found that people who use Windows 2000/XP often can’t enjoy screensavers because their system is configured in a way that prevents them from doing that.
Unless you are very experienced in administrating Windows, you may stuck with the problem. If you ever found yourself or your friend in a situation like this, add this article to your arsenal of screensaver tips.
Most of the time people encounter the problem with office computers. I should warn you, though, that some companies have a strict screensaver policy. Usually they allow only certain or no screensavers at all to be used on office computers.
If you are not sure how your company treats screensavers, I recommend you to consult your system administrator before applying any of the changes described below to your system.
So why can screensavers be inaccessible on your system?
As you know, Windows 2000 and Windows XP had many improvements over Windows 95/98 and Windows Me that made lives of many users easier and more comfortable.
But thatกs not all that made these operating systems so popular. Their developers also haven’t forgotten about people who are responsible for administrative tasks when it comes to computers shared by different users and large computer networks.
Windows 2000 and Windows XP introduced a lot of new features needed specifically for their administration. Controlling/disabling screensavers was among them.
No matter whether it was their intention or an accident, your system administrator or the person who configured your PC could use this feature to your disadvantage. Now youกll have to use it once again and regain control over screensavers.
Hereกs what you should do:

Click Start and then click Run…
Type กgpedit.mscก and press Enter.
A window will open with a tree on its left. Expand the User Configuration node, then expand Control Panel and click Display.
Now look at the policies in the list to the right. Make sure that the policies starting from Hide Screen Saver Tab and ending with Screen Saver Timeout all have their state set to Not Configured.
If any of them has a different state, double click the line with the policy, select Not Configured and click OK.
Now close the Group Policy window.

Now you can open Display Properties and see whether screensavers are back. If they aren’t, step back and check if you carefully followed all the steps described above.
Note that you can see a window saying you don’t have permission to access Group Policy window when doing the step 2. That will happen if you are working under a restricted user account. You will have to log under an account with Administratorกs rights or contact your system administrator.
With a little creativity, you can use the information in this article to prevent your kids and other unauthorized users from messing with your screensavers. The procedure is basically the same. The only difference is that you should specify meaningful values for screensaver related items instead of Not Configured.

About The Author

Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at http://www.elasticsystems.com/ to find out more about screensavers and his work.

webmaster@elasticsystems.com

This article was posted on July 30, 2004

by Roman Kramar