Screen saver timeout

Specifies how much user idle time must elapse before the screen saver is launched.

When configured, this idle time can be set from a minimum of 1 second to a maximum of 86,400 seconds, or 24 hours. If set to zero, the screen saver will not be started.

This setting has no effect under any of the following circumstances:

- The setting is disabled or not configured.

- The wait time is set to zero.

- The "Enable Screen Saver" setting is disabled.

- Neither the "Screen saver executable name" setting nor the Screen Saver dialog of the client computer's Personalization or Display Control Panel specifies a valid existing screen saver program on the client.

When not configured, whatever wait time is set on the client through the Screen Saver dialog in the Personalization or Display Control Panel is used. The default is 15 minutes.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000 Service Pack 1

Number of seconds to wait to enable the screen saver


Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop
Value NameScreenSaveTimeOut
Default Value900
Min Value
Max Value599940


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