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    Default Screen Saver (XP Pro Build 2600)

    I've noticed that when I power-up and leave the Welcome screen on that eventually a screen saver kicks in. Can anyone advise on how I can access the "properties" page to change the screen saver?

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    Re: Default Screen Saver (XP Pro Build 2600)

    Paul ~

    There are no properties settings for the logon screensaver.

    If you wish to change it to another screen saver of your choice you must replace the two named logon.scr. One resides in C:WINDOWSsystem32dllcache and the other resides in C:WINDOWSsystem32. You must take the screensaver you desire and rename it logon.scr (do this on your desktop). The original ones you may want to rename logonold.scr or something if you wish to keep them where they are if you decide to change back.

    Then copy the new logon.scr into the C:WINDOWSsystem32dllcache FIRST, then copy it again into the C:WINDOWSsystem32. You MUST do it in this order or Windows File Protection System will kick in and create a new one faster than you can say *blah*. You will get a dialog box requesting you to insert the XP CD but you will choose to keep the changes you made.

    If you wish to disable the logon screensaver entirely altogether, there is a very simple registry setting that will disable it. Making registry changes can be hazardous to your system if you are not sure what you are doing, but if you are comfortable with that, post back and I would be happy to provide that key.

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    Re: Default Screen Saver (XP Pro Build 2600)

    Thanks, Bruce. That did the trick!

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    Re: Default Screen Saver (XP Pro Build 2600)

    Hi,
    FWIW, you should also be able to change the default screensaver by editing the value of scrnsave.exe in the registry under HKEY_USERS.DefaultControl PanelDesktop.
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    Re: Default Screen Saver (XP Pro Build 2600)

    Thanks, Rory.

    Looks like there are a few variables relating to the default screen saver that can be changed here, such as how much time before it kicks-in.

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