How to Enable or Disable Screen Saver on Windows

Screen Saver

In this guide, I will be showing you how to enable or disable the screen saver on Windows computers via the Windows settings and Group Policy. This sometimes is very necessary for some corporate environments where employees are restricted from setting some inappropriate images as their screen savers. Please see How to disable Lock Screen on Windows 10, how to disable automatic screen lock in Ubuntu Linux, and how to make a screenshot on a macOS device.

No matter the Windows edition you are using just have it at the back of your mind that the process of preventing screen saver is very easy and not a herculean task. Here is a video on how to enable or disable Screen Saver In Windows 10 via Windows Settings and Group Policy.

Disable screensaver through Windows settings

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For Windows 10

The Windows settings are the easiest route in disabling any screen saver. You can decide to turn off the screen saver or change the screen out time.

Now go to the search box on your system taskbar and type settings

Windows 10
Windows Setting

Click on settings and this will take you to the settings home page. You can also press the Windows key+i to open the settings home page. Now press Personalization

Windows 11
Windows Setting

On the next screen click on Lock Screen

Windows Settings
Lock Screen Settings

Now click on the ‘Screen saver setting’ and select ‘None‘.

Group Policy
Screen saver settings

Now click on ‘Apply‘ and the screen saver will be disabled.

Also, see How to make a screenshot on a macOS device, and how to Prevent the Saving of RDP Credentials in Windows 10

Windows 11

Now go to the search box on your system and type settings. Click on Personalization and to the right click on Lock screen


After the Lock screen page opens scroll down and click Screen saver

Screen saver

In the Screen saver section, you need to select None to disable or select from the other drop-down lists to enable.

Screen saver settings

Disable screensaver using Group Policy

For Windows 10 and 11, please follow these steps if you want to disable the screen saver for all users using the same device then using the Group Policy will be another good option.

You can press the shortcut key Windows key+R to open the Run dialog box. Then enter gpedit.msc and then press the Enter key.

Group policy

After the Local Group Policy Editor opens go to User Configuration > Administrative Template > Control Panel > Personalization.

Local Group Policy Editor

Go ahead and click on the ‘Prevent changing screen saver’ option in the right side.

Local Group Policy Editor

When you click on ‘Prevent changing screen saver’ you will find the below three options:

  • Not Configured
  • Enabled
  • Disabled

For the not configured and enabled, the screen saver will remain on and when you click on Disabled and apply the screen saver will remain disabled.

Prevent changing screen saver

I hope you found this blog post on how to enable or disable Screen Savers in Windows 10 via Windows Settings and Group Policy interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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