How to Fix Screensaver Not Working on Windows 10

Earlier, when the screensaver functionality was introduced by Microsoft, it was to hide the phosphor burn-in on the monitors. Hence, the name screensaver was given to the feature. However, the displays today no longer have that issue. But the screensaver feature is still in place. We can add pictures, animations, moving text as screensavers and this would be displayed when the screen turns Off.


Many users have reported that the Screensaver stops working in their system. Possible reasons for this issue could be :

  • Updating Windows. Specifically from Win 8.1 to Win 10, Win 10 to Win 10 1903
  • Device drivers are not Updated. Specifically, ones with NVIDIA Graphics card.


Also, users have reported different types of issues with respect to Screensavers. They are:

  1. Screensaver doesn’t show up: This means that the screensaver that we have chosen doesn’t start when the monitor turns Off. In this case, consider rechecking the Screensaver settings on your PC.
  2. Screensaver is Hung or frozen: In this case, the screensaver shows up but gets struck. Consider rebooting the PC to fix this issue.
  3. Screensaver doesn’t stop: Generally, when the mouse movement is detected, the Screensaver should automatically go off. If you see that it is not going off, then press Ctrl+Alt+Del and restart your system


In case the above simple fixes won’t fix your issue, then have a look at the fixes described below to fix the Screensaver not Working Issue in the System.

Fix 1: Update your Windows OS

Most of the time, having your Windows Operating System up-to-date alone can fix almost all of your windows related issues.

Step 1: Open the Run Dialog and type ms-settings:windowsupdate and hit Enter.



Ms Settings Windowsupdate



Step 2: In the window that opens, click on Check for updates.



2 Check Windows Updates



Step 3: Windows will check for any new updates. If any new updates are found, they will be downloaded and installed.

Step 4: Click on the Restart now button for the changes to take place.



4 Windows Update Restart Now



Please check if there are any new windows updates related to the display drivers and if found, install them to try and fix your issue.

Now, check if the screensaver is working as expected. If this fix does not resolve your problem. Try the next fix.

Fix 2: Update the Device Drivers

Once your Windows is up to date. Make sure that the device drivers are also up to date.

In order to update the device driver,

  1. Visit the Manufacturer’s Website
  2. You might have to enter the serial number of your System
  3. Now a list of Device drivers that are to be updated are shown
  4. Download and Install required Device Drivers.

Now that all the Device Drivers are updated, check if the screensaver feature is working as required. If not, try the next fix listed.


Fix 3: Re-verify the Screensaver Settings

Step 1: Open Run Dialog using Windows+R keys

Step 2: Type the command control desk.cpl,,@screensaver  and hit the Enter key



Controldesk Cpl



Step 3: The ScreenSaver Settings window opens. Under the screensaver, choose the screensaver option of your choice from the drop-down menu. It should not be (None).

As an example, we have chosen Mystic.

Step 4: Choose a suitable Wait time

Step 5: Tick the option On resume, display logon screen

Step 6: Click on Apply and then click on OK




Screensaver Settings



Check if the Screen saver is working as expected. If not try the next fix.

Fix 4: Reset the Power Plan Settings

Step 1: Open the ScreenSaver Settings window(Refer Steps 1, 2 from Fix 3)

Step 2: Click on the Change power settings option shown below



Change Power Settings



Step 3: In the appearing window, select Change plan settings




Choose Or Customize Power Plan



Step 4: Now click on the Restore default settings for this plan



Restore Default Settings Plan



Step 5: In the Power Options prompt that appears, click on Yes



Power Options Dialog



Now, check if the screensaver starts working. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 5: Run the Windows Troubleshooter for Power

Step 1: Open the Run Dialog holding the keys Windows+r

Step 2: In the appearing window, type the command ms-settings:troubleshoot and just click on OK



Ms Settings Troubleshoot




Step 3: In the Settings–> Update & Security –> Troubleshoot window that appears, Click on Additional troubleshooters



Troubleshoot Tab




Step 4: In the Additional Troubleshooters window that opens, Under the Find and fix other problems section, Click on Power



Additionl Toubleshooter




Step 5: Now click on Run the troubleshooter button


Power Run The Trobleshooter




Windows will run the troubleshooter program and indicate if any changes or updates are required to the system. Do the needful and check if the screensaver starts working. In case this doesn’t help, try the next fix.


Fix 6: Repair the Corrupted Files by SFC Scan

If none of the above methods worked, there are high chances that the System Files in your system have been corrupted. In this case, you can consider repairing the corrupted System Files using the below steps.

Step 1: Pressing the shortcut buttons Windows+r from the keyboard together open the Run window.

Step 2: Type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter  to open the Command Prompt with Administrator privileges





Step 5: In the UAC prompt that opens, just click on Yes

Step 4: In the command prompt window that opens, just type the below command and hit Enter

sfc /scannow



Sfc Scannow



After the scan completes, the corrupted files will be repaired. Now check if the screensaver is working. If not, try the next fix.

Fix 7: Repair Windows image using DSIM commands

Step 1: Open Run Dialog. Use the shortcut Window+r

Step 2: In the Dialog, type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the command prompt window that opens, Enter the following commands. Please don’t forget to hit Enter after each command.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Step 4: Restart your system and check if the screensaver works as expected.

If not, try the next fix.

Fix 8: Clean the Mouse sensor

If you notice that Screensaver kicks in, however, it doesn’t go away with the mouse movement, then clean the area of the mouse sensor with a clean cotton ball with the cleaning liquid. With this simple trick, the mouse movement could be detected resulting in the screensaver feature functioning properly.


That’s all.

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