Lock Screen and Screen Saver

1. What is the difference in function between the the lock screen and screen saver?

2. Between the two, i.e., lock screen and screen saver, which one would allow the back-up process or any process for that matter to continue to run in the background?

Thank you in advance.


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Locking your display screen will protect the information stored on or accessible from your device. When you manually lock your screen, the computer is continuing to run in the background, so you don't need to close out of documents or apps. You are just putting the display to sleep.

A screensaver (or screen saver) is a computer program that blanks the screen or fills it with moving images or patterns when the computer has been idle for a long time. The original purpose of screensavers was to prevent phosphor burn-in on CRT and plasma computer monitors (hence the name).

Both of them will allow you to run background processes. Just make sure your PC is not set to turn off or sleep after a certain time of inactivity.

Let me know if you need more help.

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Last updated July 1, 2020 Views 16 Applies to: