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How To Fix Windows 11 Screen Saver Not Working

Learn the most effective fixes for the screensaver trouble, like disabling Presentation mode, and running SFC and DISM scans.

In order to solve the Windows 11 screensaver not working problem, you can apply quick solutions, such as running the Power troubleshooter, updating display drivers, and ensuring correct Power and Sleep settings on your computer.

Key Takeaways

  • Outdated display drivers, incorrect power-related configurations, and active apps or media playback can stop the screensaver from showing up.
  • Close all tabs, configure the Power and Sleep settings, and use the Power troubleshooter to resolve the issue.
  • You may have to consult a computer expert if these solutions do not resolve the trouble.

What Causes Windows 11 Screensaver Not Working?

There can be many reasons that may interfere with the screensaver’s functioning, such as:

  • Incorrect power and screensaver settings.
  • Conflicting third-party software.
  • Outdated display drivers/Windows.
  • Corrupt user profile.
  • Faulty or corrupt system files.
  • Active apps.
  • Hardware interferences.
  • Ongoing media playback.

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How To Fix Windows 11 Screensaver Not Working?

Use these simple fixes to get back your Windows 11 screensaver:

  1. Enable screensaver.
  2. Close All Tabs.
  3. Disconnect Peripherals.
  4. Restore Power Plan Settings.
  5. Disable Presenting Mode.
  6. Inspect Sleep Settings.
  7. Use Power Troubleshooter.
  8. Update Display Driver.
  9. Perform SFC And DISM Scans.
  10. Clean Optical Mouse.
  11. Modify Multimedia Settings.
  12. Change Registry Settings.
  13. Use Another User Profile.
  14. Scan For Malware Or Virus.
  15. Run A Clean Boot.
  16. Update Windows.
 Important: Make sure to restart your PC before proceeding with the advanced methods, as a simple restart can fix minor bugs that are sometimes causing such issues.  

Enable Screensaver

Firstly, you must ensure you have enabled a screensaver on your computer. Plus, you need to set a screensaver for it to appear.

Here is how you can check the screensaver settings:

  1. Launch the “Start” menu and search for “Screensaver.”
  2. Click on “Turn Screensaver On Or Off” from the search results.
    Turn Screensaver On Or Off (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Choose any type of screensaver from the drop-down, such as “Bubbles,” or “3D Text”. Do not leave it on “None.”
  4. Set the “Wait” time. The screensaver will appear once the computer is idle after the set time.
  5. Hit “Apply” then “OK” to set the screensaver.
    Set Screensaver
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Close All Tabs

Active apps can sometimes prevent your computer from going to the “Sleep” mode. Hence, the screensaver might not appear. Therefore, close any open apps and then wait for the screensaver to come up.

In addition, stop any media playback on your computer, such as videos or songs, since it can also lead to screensaver malfunction.

Disconnect Peripherals

Another thing we noticed was that our computer stayed awake unnecessarily when we connected extra peripherals to it, like mobile phones, headsets or cameras. So, we plugged out those additional peripherals, and it brought back the screensaver.

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Restore Power Plan Settings

Specific Windows Power Plan configurations may stop the system from “Sleeping.” If you are unsure if you modified any such settings recently, it is better to reset the Power Plan settings to default.

Use these steps to restore the original settings: 

  1. In the “Start” search bar, type “Edit Power Plan” and proceed with the results.
    Edit Power Plan
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  2. Click the blue option, “Restore Default Settings For This Plan.”
    Restore Default Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Confirm your decision with “Yes.”
    Power Options
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  4. Hit the “Save Changes” button.

Disable Presenting Mode

The Presentation mode is a valuable feature that configures the computer settings accordingly when running presentations or when your computer is connected to a larger external screen. Although, when turned on, it might hinder the screensaver from showing up.

Resort to the following steps for this fix:

  1. Right-click the “Start” symbol on the taskbar and choose “Mobility Center” from the menu.
    Mobility Center
    Mobility Center (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. If the “Presentation Settings” is turned on, hit the “Turn Off” option.
    Turn Off Presentation
    Turn Off Presentation (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Inspect Sleep Settings

Moreover, double-check that you have allowed your computer to go into the “Sleep” mode after a particular time of inactivity. This helps save battery usage when the computer is not in use. At the same time, check out what to do if your computer is not waking up from sleep.

Follow the instructions below to check the Sleep settings:

  1. Launch the PC “Settings.”
  2. Select “System” on the left menu pane and find “Power And Battery/Power”.
    Power option in System
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  3. Pick “Screen And Sleep.”
  4. Head to the drop-down next to “When Plugged In, Turn Off My Screen After” and pick a time duration, if not already chosen.
  5. Then move to “When Plugged In, Put My Device To Sleep After” and decide a time duration more than the prior setting.
    Screen And Sleep
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Use Power Troubleshooter

We utilized the built-in Windows 11 troubleshooter to diagnose the ongoing cause of this issue. The Power troubleshooter will either automatically resolve the issue, if identified, or prompt you to take critical measures to fix the Windows 11 screensaver not working trouble.

Find and use the Power troubleshooter with the following steps:

  1. Go to “Settings” and pick “System” on the left panel.
  2. Select “Troubleshoot” on the right.
    Troubleshoot option in Windows 11
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  3. Navigate to “Other Troubleshooters.”
    Other Troubleshooters
    Other Troubleshooters (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Look for the “Power” troubleshooter and hit the “Run” beside it.
    Power Troubleshooter
    Power Troubleshooter (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Let the diagnosis complete.
    Detecting issues in Power
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  6. Follow the troubleshooter results once they are up.

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Update Display Driver

Another way to solve the screensaver problem is by updating the display driver on your Windows 11. The fix can be performed through the “Device Manager” interface or from the manufacturer’s website. 

Perform SFC And DISM Scans

System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) are two scans that can find and repair corrupt files and data on your system. Consequently, it solves the screensaver issue if caused due to those reasons.

Use these codes one by one in Windows Command Prompt to perform SFC and DISM scans: 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Clean Optical Mouse

The advanced mouse comes with optical sensors that can detect the slightest movement. However, it may detect false movements if dust accumulates on its sensors. Therefore, clean the mouse and the mousepad to avoid false detection.

Additionally, you can also prevent your mouse from waking the computer with this method:

  1. Launch the “Device Manager” and double-click on “Mice And Other Pointing Devices.”
    Mice And Other Pointing Devices
    Mice And Other Pointing Devices (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Right-click on the connected mouse and choose “Properties” from the sub-menu.
    Select Properties of Mouse
    Properties (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Head to the “Power Management” tab.
  4. Uncheck the box “Allow This Device To Wake The Computer From Sleep.”
    Power Management
    Power Management (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Press “Apply” to put these changes into effect.

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Modify Multimedia Settings

You may have restricted the computer from turning to “Sleep” when sharing media. Thus, change the setting to allow the screensaver to come up.

Configure the correct settings with these instructions:

  1. Once again, go to the “Edit Power Plan” settings screen.
    Edit Power Plan (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Select “Change Advanced Power Settings.”
    Advanced Power Settings
    Advanced Power Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Click on the “+” symbol bedside “Multimedia Settings.”
  4. Do the same for “When Sharing Media” under it.
  5. Set “Allow The Computer To Sleep” next to “On Battery” and “Plugged In” modes.
  6. “Apply” the changes.
    Change Sleep Settings
    Change Sleep Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Change Registry Settings

Modifying the Windows Registry settings is also a way to solve the Windows 11 screensaver not working on your computer. However, be careful while tackling Registry configurations since it can affect your computer’s functioning. 

Vigilantly perform the process with these steps:

  1. Access the “Registry Editor” by executing the code “regedit” in the “Run” menu.
    Type regedit in Run
    regedit (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Choose “Yes.”
  3. In the address bar, search “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop\ScreenSaveActive.

    Screen Saver Address
    Screen Saver Address (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. If there are no results, use the address “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop.”
    Desktop Address
    Desktop Address (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Right-click anywhere on this screen in the blank space. Select “New.”
  6. Pick “String Value” from the subsequent box.
    String Value
    String Value (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  7. Name the file to “ScreenSaveActive.”
    ScreenSaveActive Folder (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  8. Double-click on it and set the “Value Data” to “1.”
    Change Value Data
    Change Value Data (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Use Another User Profile

While testing the solutions for this problem, we found that a corrupt user profile can also give rise to screensaver trouble. So, we created an alternate user profile on our Windows 11 and logged in with it. The screensaver was up and running after a while.

Scan For Malware Or Virus

Such threats can adversely impact the performance of Windows and its features. Run a scan to eliminate malware and viruses from your computer using Microsoft Defender Offline or third-party software Avast and McAfee

WARNING: Viruses and malware can harm your computer in many ways, so make sure you regularly scan for them.

Run A Clean Boot

Load your system in a way that all the third-party apps and unessential software are disabled by launching your computer in Clean Boot mode. This helps figure out if any third-party software is causing the issue.

Launch the system in Clean Boot with the following instructions:

  1. Bring up the “Run” menu and type “msconfig.”
  2. Click on “Services.”
  3. Mark the box next to “Hide All Microsoft Services.”
  4. Then, press the “Disable All” button.
  5. Hit “Apply.”
    Disable Services
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  6. Select “Restart” from the dialog box.
    Select Restart in System Configuration
    Restart (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Update Windows

Failure to update your Windows timely can also result in annoying errors and issues with its features, such as the Windows 11 screensaver not working. So, see if any newer updates are available for your OS and install them.

If the issue is still not solved, you can contact Microsoft Support, and if that fails, get your computer inspected by a technician.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Windows 11 Screensaver Not Working?

Incorrect power settings, out-of-date display drivers, and corrupt files can prevent the screensaver from working.

How Do I Fix The Screensaver?

Disable Presetation settings, allow the computer to sleep and modify power configurations to enable the screensaver.

Is There A Keyboard Shortcut To Manually Activate The Windows 11 Screensaver?

Pressing the “Windows+L” keys on your keyboard manually brings up the screensaver.

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