Tech-Pro GreenSaver Support


Tech-Pro GreenSaver is a standard Windows screen saver. Its settings are accessed via the Display Properties dialog.

GreenSaver Settings

The GreenSaver Settings dialog is used to set your preferences for the screen saver. The options are:

Frequently asked questions

Why isn't the screen saver animated?

An animated screensaver uses computer processor time, which causes the processor to use more power and run hotter. As a consequence, the computer will use more electrical power than it would displaying a static image. Because the purpose of Tech-Pro GreenSaver is to save energy and help reduce your carbon footprint, it has been designed to use as little processor time as possible.

How can I prevent users from changing the settings?

If you are using Windows XP Professional then you can prevent users from accessing the screen saver settings, and even from changing the screen saver itself, using the Group Policy Editor.

Alternatively you can use the following two registry settings files to disable and re-enable access to the screen saver tab of Display Properties:

Can GreenSaver shut down a computer that has been suspended or logged out, at a set time?

No, unfortunately this is beyond the capabilities of a screen saver. Once GreenSaver has suspended or hibernated the computer or logged the user out, it is no longer running, so it is unable to wake up the computer at a later time in order to shut it down.

Can GreenSaver be used as the screen saver for the logon screen?

Whilst GreenSaver can be installed as a logon screen saver, the Windows security model does not grant a program which is run outside of a logged-in user the privileges to suspend, hibernate or shut down the computer. Therefore GreenSaver cannot suspend, hibernate or shut down the computer when run as a logon screen saver.

To ensure that a computer is shut down if it is still running at at a given time, you can schedule shutdown.exe to run under a user with sufficient privileges by using the Windows Task Scheduler. Type shutdown /? at a command prompt to see the parameters for shutdown.exe.