Vista and No Screensaver, Dell

September 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

It happens because of your Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse, version 3–hardware version, mind you–of the sending unit.  If you disable C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe, it works.  Even Psych, my favorite screensaver…works.  In fact, it even goes into ‘sleep’ mode or whatever you want to call the reduced-power mode.  [the name of the file was edited.  What you disable it in is the startup folder.  Probably the easiest way to do this is to just get CCleaner and install it; trust me, the other tools will be immediately useful.  Works with Vista and XP, and I bet it still works with 2000, even ME.  Just disable, don’t delete it (although you could; it is not necessary to run on startup, doesn’t noticeably affect performance except in negative ways, and disables the screensaver at least on the Inspirons]


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  • 1. oregonnerd  |  September 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    That should be igfxtray.exe. The igfxsrvc module is an Intel corp program which works fine with the igfxtray.exe taken out of startup.
    (Eyes better + some minor research here and there. Since WordPress recognizes me but won’t let me edit (at least with Avant, which is much improved again) I’ll make a **** comment. (**** I levy to your imagination… sorry for the bad pun)

  • 2. sedisme  |  December 17, 2008 at 8:49 pm


    Thanks for the suggestion. However, I tried this and it appears I do not have the igfxtray.exe active in my task manager..Any other suggestions.


    • 3. samwise davies  |  June 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Now igfxtray…is absolutely necessary. Vista was a bad OS and Dell has consistent problems with both that and hardware (a Dell XPS 2720 that has lost Home (CR) and intermittently inserts the CR [you start typing at the beginning of the line, have to correct that, get back to the end of the line and start typing again, courtesy of Win 8.1 update]. I no longer have Vista and I wasn’t seeing comments. My apologies.


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