My Screen Saver Won’t Run

I teach a computer course called "Intro to Windows Vista".  Recently one of the students sent me the following e-mail:

Hi Bob,
I attended you Exploring Vista class at Boutwell on Monday, January 28th. 
I am having trouble setting my screen saver.  I have followed the directive in "Help & Support", but it still will not turn on.  Any idea why this might be?
Thanks so much!

My reply follows, but basically what I beleive was the problem is that the Power Options settings were turning her monitor off before the Screen Saver settings turned the screen saver on.  Resolving this problem is fairly simple.


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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