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    Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    I am trying to make XP Professional into a business computer and do not want the screensavers on it. I have successfully removed them before on many identical machines. I have just done a fresh load of XP on a new computer. Its XP OEM verion. I was able to remove the backgrounds. When I search for all screensavers it finds them in c:windowssystem32 and c:windowssystem32dllcache I remove the dllcache first then the system32 ones and empty the recycle bin. Then seconds later they appear again. I even disable system restore and then the themes service. Has anyone else had this problem and know how to fix it ?

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    Re: Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    Search for them using all hidden files and folders, I think they are in a third location. System restore isn't the problem, System File Checker is.

    I'm curious, why aren't screen savers suitable for business? We remove the new fancy open GL ones, but allow all the older screen savers.

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    Re: Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    We simply dont want users playing with settings, and changing the machines in anyway. On Xp this may not be true, but we have definately had problems with the screen savers that ship with windows 98. The open gl ones mostly, tend to keep the processor and memory working hard making more heat, and stealing ram from ol 98. I did find the solution to removing the screen savers. I booted from the XP install cd in recovery mode and manually deleted the screen savers in both folders. That was a few hours ago and they havent came back yet!

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    Re: Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    open gl's are definiately a problem, but we allow the default xp one, as well as the text and time ones. We delete them to release hard drive space mostly, since they tend to be in the range of 1 meg+ each and we use policies to control who can make what changes.

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    Re: Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    At the risk of proving my stupidity can you tell me what gls are? I can't say I've ever heard that term.

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    Re: Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    Nothing stupid about not being familiar with Open GL, it's not like some things where it should be common knowledge. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Open GL is a direct x screen saver that uses a lot of processing power to work. These screen savers are typically very graphical, often appear to be 3D, and the file size is close to a meg or larger. For example, all of the screen savers marked 3D use open gl technology.

    if you really want to know more about open gl, see http://www.opengl.org/

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    Re: Cant Remove Screensavers (XP Professional)

    ML,

    Thank you. I followed your link. I'll have to return when I have more time. There sure is a lot of information there. But now, at least, I do have a better idea of what it is.
    H Lewton

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