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HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop

Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Determines whether a password protects the screen saver, and prevents users from changing the password-protection setting.

This entry stores the setting of the Password protect the screen saver Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy, Group Policy sets the value to 0. If you set the policy to Not configured, Group Policy deletes the entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.



(Not in registry)

Users can turn password-protection on and off.


Screen savers are not password-protected.


All screen savers are password-protected.

If this entry appears in the registry, the system disables the Password protected check box on the Screen Saver tab in Display in Control Panel, so users cannot change this setting.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Password protect the screen saver Group Policy (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display).

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This entry takes precedence over a user setting. When this entry appears in the registry, the system disables the Password protected check box and ignores the value of the ScreenSaverIsSecure entry in the HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop subkey, which stores the check box setting.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .

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