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Screen saver (I think)

When I turn on my computer, there is an image that takes up the whole screen (I THINK this is called a screen saver but not certain). It is a landscape image. I want to remove it because it seems to be slowing down my computer. Is this, in fact "screen saver"? How do I eliminate it? (I never installed least not intentionally.)

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Anonymous3 years agoWindows 10 x64, Edge

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  • Hi there,

    In Windows 10 the feature you describe is called the Lock Screen. It has a similar function in that it automatically locks you out of your computer after a predefined period of time, requiring a password to regain access to the desktop (unless you haven't set a password). The same screen appears when you start your computer, when it goes into sleep mode, or when you manually lock the screen by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and the letter L.

    The image doesn't change often like in a slideshow or animated screensaver, so it's not really a screensaver, but it's easy to confuse the two, even more so because the way to get to the Screen Saver Settings is through the Lock Screen panel.

    It is unlikely that the Lock Screen itself is slowing down your computer, since it's a very simple feature of the Windows 10 operating system, and it can only affect your computer when it runs, i.e. when the image appears, not when you're actually using your computer. It is possible, however, for the Lock Screen itself (particularly its animations) to be slow and laggy, for example when you swipe it away or when you enter your password to return to the desktop.

    Is that the problem you would like to eliminate, or is it something else?

    Thanks for visiting!

    A moderator edited this post 3 years ago.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)3 years ago

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