Windows 10: Screen Saver Settings - Mythical on my system?

  1.    21 Nov 2017 #1

    Screen Saver Settings - Mythical on my system?

    How do I tailor the screendaver?

    The instructions I've found say things like: "type screen saver in the taskbar search and click on the Change screen saver result which appears." but on my Windows 10 there seems to be no "Change Screen Saver".
    Having typed "screen saver" into the taskbar, my only choice is to fiddle with the slideshow...

    My system is reasonably up to date, bar the recent big update which won't install.
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  2.    21 Nov 2017 #2

    Not sure about your system but on mine, just got 1709 (Fall Creators Update) today, Screensaver settings are located under the Lock Screen settings tab. I believe prior to 1709, they were part of the themes subsystem.

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  3.    21 Nov 2017 #3

    Thanks, perhaps the fall creators update finally worked (it said it would try again). I'm not at my PC right now, so I can't try this.

    It seems as if MS has taken a leaf out of the supermarkets book, by re-arranging things just to irritate the elderly.

    Perhaps they should introduce the concept of "UI schemes" where nothing is allowed to move... I think I'd go with the Windows7 one.
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  4.    21 Nov 2017 #4

    It is on its way out it seems...
    Screen saver functionality in Themes

    To be disabled in Themes (classified as "Removed" in this table). Screen saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep is now deprecated but continues to be functional. Lockscreen features and policies are preferred.
    Features removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - Windows 10 Forums
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  5.    21 Nov 2017 #5

    A step in the right direction?

    So, the ability to lock my screen after a period of inactivity has moved from "Themes" to "Personalisation", neatly avoiding "Security" along the way (admittedly bundled with "Update").

    Couldn't MS have created a shortcut mechanism in "Settings" so that "Lock Screen" could also appear under security, where logically it belongs?

    This is why I keep all of my documents online, so I can put "Car Insurance" under both "Cars" and "Insurance" (with a shortcut)...

    I should start a sweepstake on where "Lock Screen" goes next. 1 per ticket and the first correct answer out of the hat wins 5. :)
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  6.    22 Nov 2017 #6

    Where to find Screen Saver settings in future

    For those of us died-in-the-wool Control Panel addicts (mostly Windows 7 people) the screensaver and lock screen stuff are now to be found in (Windows) settings, under "Personalization" since Fall Creators update.

    It seems likely that Windows will eventually be totally out of Control (Panel).

    Type "Settings" in the taskbar and it's top of the list.

    I posted this to help others like me, and also for me, when I've totally forgotten this episode, and am wondering how to find screensave settings... in about a week.
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       22 Nov 2017 #7

    As the whole idea of a screensaver has been depreciated, by the changes in hardware over the last twenty years or so, I think that the old Screensaver idea will quietly fade away (Fade to Black??). The main purpose of the screen saver was to prevent monitor burn in which is no longer a serious problem. The newer AMOLED screens used on Mobile Devices, can suffer from burn in, so if this technology makes the jump to PC screens then maybe the screensaver will make a comeback

    the security side of things being Quoted as a reason for a screen saver is only partly valid as the most secure system is one that is switched off, or appears to be, if quick access is a requirement then modern sleep/hibernation options have it covered, and even today a monitor in sleep mode without a live screen show is much more economic that one with a live screen. I can recall being called into many a site to fix issues at times when the site is "closed" and often walking into an open plan office that was lit up like the Las Vegas Strip, I hate to think of the cost of running hundreds of CRT monitors all night just to show no one in particular, the life of a desert island castaway
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  8.    22 Nov 2017 #8

    I use a scheduled task, triggered by the desktop lock event to put my displays into power saving mode. Combined with a device that locks the display whenever I'm more than a couple of paces away, this totally automates the setup.
    It's a home PC, so for security, I rely on our two dogs. They'll pester the burglars to death unless they bring dog treats and spend their time stroking them...
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