Windows 10: What happened to the screen saver feature? Solved

  1. Posts : 175
    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
       25 Aug 2017 #1

    What happened to the screen saver feature?

    All of a sudden I've lost my screen saver function. It used to be under Personalization in the Control Panel but that option has suddenly disappeared from the panel and the 'Settings' panel is next to usless.

    Now I don't have a screen saver and I have no log on screen after I move the mouse to turn on the display.

    Any ideas what happened?
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  2. Posts : 5,159
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       25 Aug 2017 #2

    Don't know about your setup but when I need something from the "old" Control Panel I type control in the Search box and click on the Control Panel item, usually first on the list. Since I'm in that feature nearly every day, when it is open I right-click the icon in the Taskbar and choose More then Pin to Taskbar. It lets me have both PowerShell and Control Panel available.
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  3. Posts : 175
    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
    Thread Starter
       25 Aug 2017 #3

    I can get to the control panel fine. It's just that the 'Personalization' option has disappeared from the panel. That's where I always got to the screen saver function to set the time-out and 'sign on screen' options. There's no option for the screen saver in the 'Settings/Personalization' either (disappeared).
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  4. Posts : 11,937
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       25 Aug 2017 #4
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Aug 2017 at 17:37. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  5. Posts : 13,229
    Win 10 Pro-MX Linux 17.1 PClinuxOS Mate
       25 Aug 2017 #5

    With today's monitors screen savers are not necessary. I have not used one in years.
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  6. Posts : 175
    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
    Thread Starter
       25 Aug 2017 #6

    I just restored my C:\ drive from a backup made two days ago and 'Personalization' is back on the Control Panel and the screen saver options are back on the 'Settings/Personalization' screen. Don't have malware of virus according to Norton so I wonder how those items disappeared.

    Also, I had my 'boot' options set to show Boot to Win 10 and Boot to Safe Mode before the system actually completed booting, and those options were gone, too, but back after the restore. Don't know how those could have disappeared because someone would actually have to delete them from MSCONFIG or something overlayed the boot options.

    Anyway, it's working now.

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