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Allow Screensavers during Windows Media Player Playback in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

Screensavers in Windows 7 only work when the system is an idle position and no user interaction is detected by the computer. Moreover many people do not know that screensavers also stop functioning with any resource intensive application is running in the foreground. An example can be an active Windows Media Player application. In other words if Windows 7 screensaver is set to be initiated if user interaction is not detected for 10 minutes and Windows Media Player is playing any media file screensaver would not be initiated at all. Under normal circumstances users do not care about this configuration and by default Windows Media Player is set to stop the initialization of screensaver if it is active. However if users want they can change the settings and as a Windows 7 user if you want to do so you can follow the steps provided below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with the user account for which you want to configure this.

  2. Click on Windows Media Player in the taskbar icon to initialize the application.

  3. From the available interface click on Organize menu and from the list click on Options.

  4. On the opened box go to Player tab and from the available check boxes under Player settings section check Allow screen saver during playbackcheckbox.

  5. Click on Ok button to save the changes.