Fix: Windows 10 Screensaver Won’t Start

If your screen saver refuses to start no matter how many times you restart your PC, you are not alone. Many users reported that after upgrading to Windows 10 they were not able to set or display their screen saver.

Keeping your computer on for several hours can damage your machine. With the screen saver, you can easily avoid the partition damage on your monitor. Many times, the problem gets solved upon a simple restart. But if it doesn’t, you can follow our guide and follow the instructions starting from the top.

Solution 1: Unplugging External Devices

In many cases, Windows 10 screensaver doesn’t come into play because a lot of external devices are connected to your computer and keeping it awake. The external devices might be transferring data or getting powered by your computer.

You should try unplugging all the devices from your computers such as Xbox, PS or Xbox controllers etc. Restart your computer and test if this solution solved the problem.

Solution 2: Updating Windows

Windows roll out important updates targeting the bug fixes in the operating system. One of the bugs is our case; your computer won’t go into screensaver mode. If you are holding back and not installing the Windows update, we strongly recommend that you do. Windows 10 is the latest Windows operating system and new operating systems take a lot of time to get perfect in every regard.

There are a lot of issues still pending with the OS and Microsoft rolls out frequent updates to target these issues.

  1. Press Windows + S button to launch your start menu’s search bar. In the dialogue box type “Windows update”. Click the first search result which comes forward.

  1. Once in the update settings, click on the button which says “Check for updates”. Now Windows will automatically check for updates available and install them. It may even prompt you for a restart.

  1. After updating, check if your issue got fixed.

Solution 3: Resetting Power Management Settings

Every PC has a power plan available which directs it what to do for example the screen saver time might be different when your computer is plugged into power as compared to when it is running in battery. There are a lot of options which can be edited separately on each power plan. It is possible that the settings for the screen saver are changed in your power plan along with other modifications. We can try restoring all power settings to default and check if the problem at hand gets fixed.

  1. Right click on the battery icon present at the bottom right side of the screen and select Power Options.

You can also navigate to the power options by pressing Windows + R to launch the Run application and typing “control panel”. Once in the control panel, click on “power options” if your control panel is in icon mode or search for power options at the search bar present at the top right side of the screen. Open the first result which comes forward.

  1. Now one power plan will be selected from the three plans available. Click on “Change plan settings” button present in front of your current power plan.

  1. Now at the near bottom of the screen, you will see an option which says “Restore default settings for this plan”. Click it. Now Windows might ask for a confirmation before restoring the default settings. Click ok. Do this for all the power plans.
  2. Restart your PC and check if the problem at hand got fixed.

Solution 4: Checking if your Screensaver works

We can check if your screen saver utility works by navigating to the screen saver page and checking it manually.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “control panel” in the dialogue box and hit Enter.
  2. Once in the control panel, click on the heading of “Appearance and Personalization”. It will be present as the second entry in the right column.

  1. Now click on “Change screen saver” button present in the personalization heading.

  1. Now the screensaver settings window will pop up. You can check if it works and customize it properly. Double check the time after which the screen saver activates.

If your Windows is updated to the latest version, you might now find the settings of the screen saver on the default location as in the past. Follow the steps below.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar of your start menu. Type “lock screen settings” in the dialogue box and hit enter.
  2. Select the first result which comes and click it. You will be navigated to your computer’s lock screen settings.
  3. Navigate to the bottom the screen and click on “Screen saver settings”.

  1. It is possible that there is no screensaver settings turned on in the settings. After the new update from Microsoft, the screensaver was disabled as default and instead, the computer used to hibernate/sleep after a specific period of time. You can enable the screensaver settings and after restarting your computer, check if the problem got solved.

Solution 5: Changing your Network Adapter Wake-Up Settings

Most of the devices connected to your machine have the authority to keep your computer awake on their own. Although this feature might be used so no data transmissions are missed, it can be a pain if your computer doesn’t go into screensaver mode at all. We can try disabling these settings and check if our problem gets fixed.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application on your computer. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and hit Enter. This will launch your computer’s device manager.
  2. In the device manager, all the devices connected to your computer will be listed according to the categories. Click on Network Adapters for the drop down which contains further devices.
  3. Select your Ethernet and WiFi device, right click it and select Properties from the list of options.

  1. Navigate to the Power Management tab and uncheck the line which says “Allow this device to wake the computer”. Do this for all your network adapters (Ethernet and WiFi). Save changes and exit.

  1. Restart your computer if needed and check if the problem got fixed.
Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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