Screen Saver Tab Missing – Display Properties

Windows XP Screen Saver tab is missing from the Display Properties. The most likely cause of this is malware utilizing Group Policy Objects which enforces policies for system settings and/or user account(s) settings. The Group Policy for Hide Screen Saver tab will cause the Screen Saver tab to be removed from Display Properties when enabled.

Group Policies are typically applied at businesses to control access to programs, system properties, and user account settings. For Home users, the Screen Saver tab can be restricted (removed) by enforcing Group Policies but malware on your computer is usually the culprit. If you are a home user and the Screen Saver tab is missing from the Display Properties and looks like the pictures below then there is a good chance the computer you were using is infected with malware.

NOTE

Ensure your computer is malware free before applying the following solutions.

CAUTION

Before making any changes to the Windows XP Registry, please backup your Windows XP Registry using the direction from "Using ERUNT to back up the Windows XP Registry".

Manual Steps Using Group Policy Editor

NOTE

The Group Policy Editor requires Administrative privileges and is only available for Windows XP Professional Edition. Windows XP Home users can use the Windows XP Registry method to remove the Group Policy restriction.

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type gpedit.mscin the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. In the Group Policy Editor navigate to:

    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display

  5. Double-click Hide Screen Saver tab.
  6. Select Not Configured.

NOTE

If the Screen Saver tab is missing on a per User account basis then the above method will not work, you will need to use the Registry Editor to remove the Group Policy.

Manual Steps Using Windows XP Registry

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type regedit.exein the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Navigate to:

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

  5. Right-click NoDispScrSavPage to select Modify.
  6. Change the value to 0.
  7. Navigate to:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

  8. Right-click NoDispScrSavPage to select Modify.
  9. Change the value to 0.
  10. Quit the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

NOTE

You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Manual Steps Using REG ADD

  1. Open a Command Window.
  2. Type:

    REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v NoDispScrSavPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0

  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Type:

    REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v NoDispScrSavPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0

  5. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  6. Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard.

NOTE

You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Automated Fix Using an Registration File

  1. Download ScrnSvrTb.Show.regto a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Right-click ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg to select Merge.
  3. Now the registration entries are added for you.

NOTES

The ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg file is from my web server (http://lprf.homeserver.com). You can view the contents of the ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg file by right-clicking the file to select Edit. You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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Edited: May 12, 2012

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26 Responses to Screen Saver Tab Missing – Display Properties

  1. Premnath says:

    Great information indeed thank you. This is required for removing the message Warning:spyware detected on your Computer.

  2. Hassan says:

    thanks for the info. this helped me to get the desktop and screen saver tab back by using the Registry Edit. I lost those tabs due to spyware attack.

  3. Unknown says:

    Thanks for your hard work in making this information available.

  4. Gene & Marah says:

    Thanks for making this info available.  I fixed more than one tab display problem with this.  God bless.

  5. Mark says:

    Finally someone who knows what they are talking about, thank you so much for this information, helped me fix my PC, after an infected wall pager, my advice if you want a new wallpaper, always check it with an antivirus software or make your own, Thanks again. :0)

  6. balachandran says:

    Thanks a lot for  the 2 programs-Dsktptb.show.reg&SCrnSvrTb.show.reg with which I could regain the Desktop & Screensaver tabs in the Display Properties, but after that, on double-clicking the Desktop icons(short-cut of .scr from System 32) of my Screensavers, they show only the \’settings windows\’ and do not open the screensaver. I can open it only from Display Properties >Screensavertab>Preview.Will be grateful to have some light on to regain opening of scr on double-clicking its desktop icon.

  7. BillJr says:

    @ "Will be grateful to have some light on to regain opening of scr on double-clicking its desktop icon."
     
    Could you take a look at the following registry key located at:
     
    HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon\\Notify\\SensLogn
     
    Verify if the following values are present:
    SensStartScreenSaverEvent
    SensStopScreenSaverEvent
     
    If these values are not present or you still need help then could you email at:
     
    bcrawfordjr   (at)   hotmail   (DOT)    com
     
    Thanks,BillJr
     

  8. C. says:

    Another satisfied customer…. Thanks Bill.

  9. josh says:

    OMG you saved me so muuuuch trouble. ive tried so many things, but this worked, and all i had to do was click 3 times and it was fixed. you also helped me with the desktop tab also. THANKS SOOOO MUCH!

  10. Take says:

    Thanks ever so much, a life saver for a rookie. you made me feel i could do something……your instructions were right on…..again thank you. takeanumber

  11. Barb says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write and share this information. The fix suddenly is simple when
    you know what direction to take in applying the correct solution! It certainly saved guessing and perhaps creating further problems by applying an incorrect solution. Thanks so much this was greatly appreciated! 

  12. Andrew says:

    Thanks a lot for this advice. It worked wonderfully. Too bad MS documentation does not say a word about that.
    Good work and generous heart.
     
    Andrew

  13. Z says:

    Thank you for your help!!!

  14. John says:

    Works Thanks

  15. Narayan says:

    works great. thanks. but everytime i restart it disappears and i have run the command again to enable screensaver tab. any solution for this!!! thanks in adv

  16. BillJr says:

    @Narayan BharadwajI would say your computer is still infected with malware, you need to clean up your computer before removing the Screen Saver tab Restriction.

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  26. Lakh says:

    Thank you for the detailed info. Great Work !!

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