All Windows 7/8/10 users have the ability to change the appearance of their computing experience. This includes aesthetic changes such as the screen saver and the lock screen in Windows 10. However, many administrators deny users access to some customization functions to create a uniform environment in a work setup. Learn how to prevent users from changing the screen saver in Windows 7/8/10.
Why prevent users from changing the screen saver?
Years ago, when everyone used large CRT TV-type monitors, screen burning was a real problem that cost companies billions in replacement and repair costs. Today's LCD and LED monitors are less affected by screen burnout. Even so, many companies require users of their PCs to maintain a screen saver to save money and avoid replacement costs.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to monitor all users when it comes to PC configurations such as screen savers. Administrators correct this problem by configuring screen savers on the many PCs for which they are responsible; By using a group policy, they prevent users from changing the screen saver.
Note that preventing users from changing the screen saver is not disabled or prevents the screen saver from running. Simply lock the current screen saver settings so that they cannot be changed unless a user with administrative privileges changes it again.
Prevent users from changing screen saver settings
Log in to Windows with an account that has administrative privileges. Click on Start> Run to open the dialog box Run . If you don't have the command Run in the menu Start, press and hold the Windows on your keyboard and press the key R. In the dialog box Run, scribe gpedit.msc and click on the button To accept .
Just opened the Local Group Policy Editor . Notice that in the left panel there are expandable folders. Open the folder in
Configuracin de usuario> Plantillas administrativas> Panel de control> Personalizacin .
The right panel now shows the local group policies located in the folder Customization . Locate and double click on a policy titled Avoid changing the screen saver .
Now he should be looking at the window Avoid changing the protector of screen. If you or anyone else has changed this setting before, it should still be set as Not configured default. Click on the option Enabled, click on the button To accept and ready.
Although not as important as it was many years ago, many administrators prefer to configure screen savers on PCs in a work environment to prevent the screen from burning and then prevent users from changing them. Some companies require all users to use a specific screen saver to present a more professional appearance to customers.
By denying users the possibility of changing the screen saver, there is no need to worry about customers seeing a sea of personal photographs and other images displayed on computer screens in an office environment.
It also ensures that no burns occur on the screen if a user shows only one image on the screen as a screen saver. The cost savings with this configuration can be significant in offices that implement hundreds, if not thousands of computers.
If you are running Windows 10 in your environment and no longer use screen savers, but rely on the Lock Screen, you can change some of the options at the following location in Group Policy:
Configuracin de la computadora - Plantillas administrativas - Panel de control - Personalizacin
Here you can force the user to use a specific image for the lock screen and the login image, prevent users from changing the lock screen, etc. Enjoyment!