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How to deploy screen saver using Group Policy (GPO) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)?

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How to deploy screen saver using Group Policy (GPO) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)?

You should create single .scr file by following the steps below:

  1. Click “Create” button, which opens “Select Screen Saver File Name” dialog
  2. In “Save as type” drop-down box select “Screen Saver (*.scr)”
  3. Choose folder and enter file name, then click “Save”
  4. Click “Open Folder”
  5. Double-click screen saver file to verify if such screen saver works.

Created .scr file should be copied to appropriate System folder on every client, depending on OS version:

  • On Windows 64-bit, it should be placed in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder
  • On Windows 32-bit, it should be placed in C:\Windows\System32 folder

Note: “Screen saver executable name” field should include full path to short (8.3) filename of screen saver. The best thing would be use filename with less or equal to 8 characters, e.g. “mysaver.scr”, so the path would be e.g. C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\mysaver.scr

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