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  • Force screen saver on XP

    I have a setup with several XP Pro workstations and I'd like to force screensaver settings for ALL users at each workstation.
    They are connected in a workgroup rather than a domain and I'd like to automate the procedure.
    The way I did it manually, which worked exactly how I wanted it, was to fire up gpedit.msc and go to:
    Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display . . .
    Now I'd like to automate that procedure if possible, unless there is a better way all together that I am overlooking.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Force screen saver on XP

    You should be able to export the template using the secedit /export command and then importing with the secedit /configure command.

    Check this link out for more instruction on the secedit command.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...chNet.10).aspx
    MCITP:SA, MCSA 2003, MCP, CCNA, A+, Net+, Security+

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    • #3
      Re: Force screen saver on XP

      Originally posted by boondock View Post
      You should be able to export the template using the secedit /export command and then importing with the secedit /configure command.

      Check this link out for more instruction on the secedit command.

      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...chNet.10).aspx
      if you are not in domain this is a good way for you...

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      • #4
        Re: Force screen saver on XP

        I thought secedit was for importing and exporting security templates rather than local policy settings. I see no screensaver options if I create a new security template. What exactly should I be exporting / importing to do this?

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        • #5
          Re: Force screen saver on XP

          Never tried this but you may be able to copy the Group Policy folder from one computer to the rest.

          Code:
          xcopy %windir%\system32\GroupPolicy \\computerA\c$\WINDOWS\system32\GroupPolicy /K /O /E /I /Y
          Once copied, reboot and see if worked.
          Last edited by JeremyW; 30th June 2008, 13:22. Reason: typo in command
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          Jeremy

          Network Consultant/Engineer
          Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
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          • #6
            Re: Force screen saver on XP

            Jeremy,
            copying the GPO folder will work
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