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The “windows 10 20h2 screensaver not working” is a problem that many Windows 10 users have been having. Microsoft has released a fix for the issue, and it is recommended to update your system.
I’ve always loved sitting and watching my colorful screensavers since I was a youngster. I used to purposefully start the screensaver so that I could watch it. Despite the fact that screensavers are no longer technically necessary, I refuse to give up this pleasure.
If you’re like me and like screensavers, I’ll assist you in properly setting up your screensaver and resolving any bugs that prevent it from operating. Let’s get started!
We’ll start with some fundamentals.
Method 1: Make sure your screensaver is set up correctly.
So, before we accuse Microsoft of being to blame for the problem, let’s verify your current screensaver settings and make sure everything is in order:
- From your start menu, choose the gear symbol to open the Settings app.
- Select Personalization from the drop-down menu.
- From the left pane, choose the Lock Screen tab, then Screen Saver Settings at the bottom of the page. Isn’t it an odd place for it?
- The old-fashioned Screen Saver Settings window will open, and the first thing we’ll need to do is choose one from the drop-down menu (anything except None!). You may always use the Preview button to intentionally activate it and see what it will look like.
- You must now set the Wait time in minutes. After this amount of minutes, the screensaver will be activated automatically. There’s also a setting that causes the computer to boot up to the login screen whenever it wakes up from a screensaver (a useful option for security minded users).
- Now click Apply, then Ok, and test it out.
If you’re still getting nothing, it’s possible that the power choices are to blame. In order to correct them, use Method II.
Method 2: Make sure your power settings are right.
Do you recall the final screen we saw in Method I? What are the options for the screen saver? So return to it and…
- Change the power settings by clicking Change power settings. Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options is a shortcut.
- The two most important power schemes are shown here: Balanced and High Performance. There may also be a power saving option. I propose that you repeat these steps (3-7) for each of your power plans. We’ll go with the Balanced option since it’s the most popular.
- Change plan settings once you’ve chosen a plan.
- Change advanced power settings to go further into the options.
- Pop-up windows for Power Options will appear. Restore Plan Default is a fantastic place to start if you want to restore any screwed up settings that are hurting the efficiency of your computer in general, and your screensaver in particular.
- To confirm the action, choose Yes and then Ok.
- When you return to the control panel, one of the first things you should do is modify the Turn off display time. The time it takes for your screen to turn off must be longer than the time it takes for the screensaver to start. This manner, after 5 minutes of inactivity, your computer will activate the screensaver, and after 10 minutes of inactivity, your computer will turn off the screen. If you’re using a laptop, remember to do this for both the On battery and Plugged in modes. After that, click Save Changes.
P.S. Some internet guides recommend changing the Desktop background settings > Slideshow to available rather than stopped in Step 4, however this is nonsensical since it affects your desktop background rather than your screensaver.
It’s time to start troubleshooting.
If you followed the directions in the preceding section but still can’t get your screensaver to work, one of the following troubleshooting approaches will most likely solve the problem. We’ll start with the quickest approach and work our way up to the more time-consuming ones, so you’ll spend the least amount of time possible.
Method 1: Disconnect any gadgets that seem to be suspicious.
It’s a basic concept, but it’s crucial. Some inserted devices, particularly mouse and keyboard devices (including wireless ones), execute erroneous unseen actions: they keep sending some type of signal to your computer, which sees it as a human activity and so refuses to go to sleep or activate your screensaver. Cleaning your mouse sensor and mouse pad on a regular basis is recommended, as is keeping the headphones’ cable away from it, since the sensor is quite sensitive. But, in order to be certain what the issue is right now, I recommend that you disconnect all devices and wait for the screensaver to appear, then put them back in one by one until you discover the defective one. If you’ve determined that this isn’t the case, continue reading.
Troubleshoot the electrical system
Well, Windows Troubleshooter is now more useful than ever, and the Power Troubleshooting tool is certainly worth a go. Here’s how you can use it to diagnose your screensaver issue:
- From the start menu, go to your Settings app (remember the gear icon?)
- Select Update & Security from the drop-down menu.
- Now go to the left menu and choose Troubleshoot, then scroll down until you see the Power category. To begin our troubleshooting trip, click it and then Run the Troubleshooter.
- If your problems are discovered, the troubleshooter will begin identifying and resolving them right away. After that, restart your computer and give it a go. Continue to the next choice if it’s clean, as mine is, and there’s nothing to correct.
Updates/drivers for Windows
Many difficulties may be resolved by upgrading to the most recent version of Windows 10 and installing the most recent drivers. In order to accomplish so, I recommend that you:
- Using the Check for updates option, you can keep your Windows up to date. If you want to learn more about Windows updates, see this article.
- Download the most recent versions of your drivers (particularly the chipset and any other power drivers) from your PC’s motherboard manufacturer’s website or your laptop manufacturer’s website. If you have issues locating the drivers, we have a tutorial that can assist you in troubleshooting the existing drivers.
SFC and DISM should be run.
When it comes to resolving system faults, these two tools are fantastic. It may take a bit for the system to check, so be patient.
- In your start menu, type “cmd,” right-click Command Prompt, and choose Run as administrator.
- To grant it permission, choose Yes.
- Press Enter after typing the following command:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
(Take care of the spaces between each “/”).
- Press Enter after typing the following command:
sfc /scannow sfc /scannow sfc /s
(Make sure “sfc” and “/scannow” are separated by a space)
Hopefully, your screensaver now works properly. If you still have an issue, please let us know in the comments.
Do you really need a screensaver before we go?
Before I finish this piece, the tiny engineer inside of me wanted to make sure you understood something.
Screen savers were necessary during the age of CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) displays and the subsequent period of Plasma monitors. In general, CRTs rely on the technology of a cannon that fires rays at a grid of Phosphorus particles (those are called pixels nowadays). When the phosphorus is exposed to the beam, it warms up and produces light, which is visible on the screen.
It is not beneficial to have a stable picture on the screen since concentrating on the same phosphorus particles and keeping them hot will cause them to burn permanently. That is why a screensaver is so important: a changing picture causes the gun to strike various locations, preventing overheating and resulting in a lasting burn.
We now depend on LCD panels, LED screens, and other technologies that are mostly based on pixels or small LEDs that turn on and off. Because this has nothing to do with phosphorous or heat, it makes no difference whether the pictures are moving or still. As a result, a screen saver no longer saves anything.
Most Commonly Asked Questions
What’s the deal with my screensaver not starting?
A application running in the background is often the most prevalent problem that stops a screensaver from starting up. Torrent clients and other similar applications usually contain a feature somewhere in the settings that disables the screensaver or even prevents the machine from sleeping while the software is operating. If this is the case, just deactivate the corresponding options in the software in question.
Alternatively, the optical sensor on your mouse might be filthy, producing false signals to your computer. Check to see if your mouse pointer isn’t moving slightly on its own, even if you don’t see it at first. If that’s the case, just dust off the bottom of your mouse and it should be good. Similarly, if a damaged key on the keyboard is repeatedly hit during operation, it may create problems.
In Windows 10, how can I start my screensaver manually?
Right-click on the desktop, choose Personalize, and then, on the bottom right-hand side of the window, select Screen Saver. You should be able to preview the screensaver from there. Alternatively, you might alter the settings such that your screensaver starts as soon as you stop pressing keys or moving your mouse.
That is all there is to it. You now understand why your Windows 10 screensaver isn’t functioning and how to resolve the issue. Although screensavers are mostly useless these days, we understand that some of you may still desire one for the mere pleasure of it. Screensavers are, after all, very cool. Remember when we were youngsters and Windows 98 was all the rage? They piqued our interest. And don’t current screensavers bring back a lot of memories?
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The “screensaver and sleep not working” is a problem that has been present for a while. Microsoft released an update to fix the issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I force my screensaver on Windows 10?
A: If you are using a laptop, press the power button for around 10 seconds to force it on. Other computers can do this by clicking your screens own power button and holding it down until your computer powers off.
What prevents screensaver from starting?
A: The screensaver is disabled by the administrator.
Why has my screensaver disappeared?
A: Your screensaver may have been set to automatically turn off because it was inactive for over an hour.
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