I do not use screensaver. Instead I set the Power Options Properties to turn off the monitor after some time.
turn off monitor

Screensaver is actually for CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor. It does not save the screen for LCD (liquid crystal display) screen but instead deteriorate it. LCD functional period decreases along the light-up time. It is also wasting electricity.

I keep this article just in case some users do use screensaver still and encounter the problem below.
Below are some hidden settings for screensaver.

'Screen Saver' tab disappears
ss not tab

Click 'Run...' in Start Menu.

Type regedit and click OK to open up Registry Editor.

Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ System
ss reg tab

Modify DWORD Value 'NoDispScrSavPage' from 1 to 0. Then go to Desktop and push F5 to refresh the Desktop. The 'Screen Saver' tab should appear by now.
ss tab dword

Grayed out screensaver options
ss grayed

Open up Registry Editor. Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows\ Control Panel\ Desktop
Delete String Value "SCRNSAVE.EXE". Refresh Desktop. Now the "Screen saver" drop-down list should be active. Likewise, delete String Value "ScreenSaveTimeOut" and "ScreenSaverIsSecure" to activate the "Wait" and "On resume, password protect" options.
Posted: 2008-10-31 by Ong Seng Aun.
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