Solved Why doesn't my screensavers come on any more in Windows 10?

January 2, 2016 at 12:21:38
Specs: Windows 10
I recently noticed that my screensavers no longer come on (any of them!). What happens is that I get a white screen instead. Also, I am unable to preview it. I know how to work my screen saver function as I frequently change it. Is this another Windows 10 problem? How can this be fixed? Thank you for your assistance.

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January 2, 2016 at 15:45:08
So now you know for sure that it's not another Windows 10 problem as you first asked. The issue lies with the 3rd party screensavers you downloaded. Like everything else in life it also takes time for Windows to find and reject something that has not been engineered specifically for - and certified by Microsoft - for Windows. And the reason for Windows taking time is because it has to constantly read about 50 million lines of code over and over again for it to operate flawlessly on your machine.

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#1
January 2, 2016 at 13:15:15
Is this another Windows 10 problem?

Either that or it could be you doing something wrong.

I know how to work my screen saver function as I frequently change it

How often do you change it? Once Every day? 10 Times a day?

How about you filling in missing details, such as...

1) Do you use third party screensavers (such as http://www.wincustomize.com/explore... on top of what Windows 10 installed on your machine?

2) Do you restart Windows each time you "frequently" change the screensavers?

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#2
January 2, 2016 at 14:05:32
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I change the screensaver seasonally and sometimes a couple of times within a season. I switched from a Xmas one to a winter scene and it worked fine until one day it didn't. I dug a little deeper and noticed that several of my screensavers are no longer in my "programs and features". Some of the screensavers work and these are still visible on programs and features. I re-downloaded a particular favorite, it now shows under programs, but the screen saver dialog box read "screensaver not responding".

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#3
January 2, 2016 at 14:35:32
Does the same thing happen if you choose each one of the six Windows 10 default screensavers (3D Text, Blank, Bubbles, Mystify, Photos and Ribbons)?

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#4
January 2, 2016 at 15:22:32
Oddly enough, the windows default all work correctly; I just switched to bubbles shortly before I read your note. I have also noticed that my problem lies with all of the ones I have downloaded from American Greetings. I can't imagine what could possibly be wrong.

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January 2, 2016 at 15:45:08
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So now you know for sure that it's not another Windows 10 problem as you first asked. The issue lies with the 3rd party screensavers you downloaded. Like everything else in life it also takes time for Windows to find and reject something that has not been engineered specifically for - and certified by Microsoft - for Windows. And the reason for Windows taking time is because it has to constantly read about 50 million lines of code over and over again for it to operate flawlessly on your machine.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#6
January 3, 2016 at 06:05:59
Thank you. That explains everything. Too bad I elected to be part of Windows 10's growing pains. "Free" is usually too good-to-be-true; you just pay for it in another way.

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#7
January 3, 2016 at 08:25:38
You are welcome. In the future, heed the WARNING posted on THIS Microsoft page about the reliability of 3rd party screen savers.

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#8
January 3, 2016 at 15:46:35
... or don't use screen savers at all because they no longer serve any purpose.

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#9
January 3, 2016 at 17:06:08
... unless you are still using the old CRT monitor, or you appreciate their aesthetic value, or you use it to password-protect the computer when you are away from the keyboard.

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#10
January 4, 2016 at 07:22:26
I own an ASUS laptop which is about 5 years old. Screensaver are not necessary?
I thought they functioned to prevent damage to your screen during extended times of static images and that the moment on a screensaver countered this.

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#11
January 4, 2016 at 07:52:08

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#12
January 4, 2016 at 08:02:02
Thank you. Looks like a useful website for us 'non-geeks"! Sad to see my screensavers go; I enjoyed the entertainment as I glanced over to my laptop while I momentarily stepped away.

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#13
January 4, 2016 at 08:43:21
An important point to realise (maybe mentioned in one of the previous links) is that some screensavers can be a source of viruses. On that basis I think your idea of disbanding them has some merit.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
March 18, 2016 at 04:45:36
I just enjoy watching my screensavers. Nothing wrong with them if you get them from a legit. site and screen them for bugs and stuff! My thinking may be wrong but I want them back!

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#15
March 18, 2016 at 08:49:19
Re #14
Nothing wrong with your thinking if you happen to like screen savers and you are careful. Not bothering with them was just another suggested option.

Best bet is to use google (which found this immediately):
http://www.howtogeek.com/225305/how...

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