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I Keep Getting the Windows Screensaver during Video Playback in Winamp Player

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Almost every media player that is available in the market today has a default configuration according to which as soon as it plays any video file, the default Windows screensaver gets automatically disabled temporarily. When the video playback is stopped, the screensaver gets the re-enabled without any user intervention.

The Winamp player is not an exception either. According to its default configuration, every time you start playing a video file, it automatically disables the Windows screensaver for the entire duration till the video is played back.

If your instance of Winamp player is unable to restrict the Windows screensaver from popping up at its scheduled time, it means that the Windows screensaver disabling feature has been disabled by either any incompatible application or any new user.

In either case, you can revert the settings back and can reconfigure the Winamp player to automatically disable the Windows screensaver and prevent it from popping up during the video playback.

After following the instructions given in this tutorial, you will be able to configure your instance of Winamp media player so that it can automatically prevent the Windows screensaver from popping up during video playback.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Log on to the computer on which the Winamp player is experiencing the issue.

  2. Initialize the Winamp player.

  3. Once initialized, go to Options menu from the menu bar.

  4. From the displayed list, go to Preferences.



  5. On the opened Winamp Prefereces box, from the left pane, click to select the Video category under the Playlist tree.

  6. From the right pane, under the Video Playback section, check the Disable Windows screensaver when playing video checkbox.



  7. Once done, since there is no Apply or OK button available, click the Close button present at the bottom of the left pane.

  8. Try playing the video file this time. If the issue still persists, restart Winamp player and then try again.

  9. Sometimes the modifications are not effective till you restart the computer. If so, restart the system and then retry.

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