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Multiple Windows 7 Users-Switch between Users-network stops working

Question: Multiple Windows 7 Users-Switch between Users-network stops working

User 1 logs in and works does whatever... Doesn't log out but screensaver goes back to user screen. 
User 2 logs in (switching users - not logging out user 1) and gets to work. 
Sometime later (ie. not right away) and not at a prescribed time, the network stops working.  
I try to disable / enable the network adapter and the machine freezes.   Reboot fixes problem.
If user 1 or user 2 is the only one logged in then never a problem.
Anyone heard of this? 
Thanks for any help!

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Answer: Multiple Windows 7 Users-Switch between Users-network stops working

When switching users, it's always a good idea to have User 1 close out any applications and documents they have open and then log out before User 2 logs in. It sounds like you have fast user switching enabled, but I'm not aware of that causing any network issues -- unless User 1 was doing something that required a network connect.
Check the Event Viewer for error logs from the time it froze when you tried to disable and enable the network adapter. Post the event ID and description here if you need help diagnosing the issue from the log files. Perhaps another fix is to disable fast user switching, so that users are always forced to log out before someone else can log in.

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Hi Guys,

Need some help over here.

I am having a problem with my Windows XP. When I login to 1 User Account and I try to do a Switch User to another user account, the screen where I get to choose the rest of the user accounts does not allow me to go into the new user account.

Does anyone know why?

Answer:Windows XP - Unable to switch between Multiple Users

Is it that the cursor does not show up in the password field?

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I'll try to keep this simple - as I've already asked this on other forums with no reply. My environment - Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 32 bit client machines. One computer needs to scan patient documents to a specific network folder shared among a group of users.
There are going to be multiple people that will use this same computer through out the day (multiple work shifts -- 24 hour/7 day environment).  Therefore I need multiple windows profiles to all save the scanned documents to the SAME network location.

Currently I'm trying to accomplish this with Windows Fax and Scan and utilizing the "Scan routing "option found under "tools".  There's a check box (once in this option) for "network location".  I am using this option
but its not working and that's the whole entire problem. Its supposed to AUTOMATICALLY save each scan to that specified network location but it does no such thing. The scan isn't saved at all actually it just sits in the UI of Windows Fax and double
click it and then it shows you the image.

Some background information to help people answer this (and all help is appreciated):

1) *YES* the network folder I'm trying to save to is a valid network folder and *IS* accessible across my network from various devices
2) *YES* the user's that log into the computer with the scanner *ALL* have read/write rights to this network folder location
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Is there a quicker way to switch users other than "start", "current user icon", then "desired user icon"?
Why can't all the users be located on one screen so all one has to do is click on the desired one?

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Ok at work we have two computers that are dedicated to running a barcode scanning program. These computers are only used for that currently because in order for anyone else to log in check mail or run other programs you have to log out the barcode log in and then log in under your user name.
At home using XP pro I am able to switch users any time that I want and still leave other log ins active. With the work computer I would like to set it up so that about 8 of us could hit the switch user button then log in check our mail and switch back to the barcode log in.

I asked our IS guy if it was possible to set that up on these two computers. His reply was.

Dan & I reviewed and checked into this.

Because #@%$*'s computer environment operate under a domain, the feature you requested becomes disabled. We tried to think of other approaches that might be possible, but could not think of any. Should we become of aware of something, we’ll let you know. Likewise, if you should hear anything to the contrary, let us know.
Any one out there have any idea how to get this feature back?

Answer:Switch users in a network with XP

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I have a 64bit Windows 7 PC with the whole family?s data on it. Each member of the family has a local user account setup on the PC and share promotions set. The family members PC has a local account with the same name and same password. They are running XP.

The problem I have is, that most of the time all the shares are working but randomly the XP PC?s will stop being able to access any of the shared folders. To fix the issue I have to reboot the Windows 7 PC and then the XP PC?s are able to access the shared folders again.

I have a Windows 7 Laptop and I never have any problems accessing my shared folder of the main PC.

Any help with this issue would be most welcome

Many thanks

Answer:Sharing stops working for some users and have to reboot

Does this seem to happen just randomly? or are the other users making changes to the files prior to this issue?

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I am using windows Vista home edition and I have 2 user accounts on it.
Administrator and user created Gath

I installed CCleaner while I was logged in as Administrator, when I log out and logged into Gath, I tried to run CCleaner and it acted as if the file was not found and could not be run.

I made sure the folder I installed CCleaner on was not locked or blocked by any other users. In fact I was able to navigate to the installed directory (while under Gath) and even saw the CCleaner files. But still, when I tried to double click it to run the program, it wouldn't open.

Any ideas as to why and what I can do?


Answer:CCleaner not working when I switch users on Vista?

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Got a problem here with a classroom full of Windows XP Pro PCs, where if I put new shortcuts into All Users\Desktop, when a user logs on they can only see the shortcut as an unknown file type which does not run. Any existing shortcuts in All Users\Desktop work ok, just not any new ones!

The PC's are on a Windows 2003 Server network (with AD) and have local user profiles.

Answer:Network users cannot run shortcut items placed into All Users Desktop folder

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I am using Access 97 and want to make a database accessable and workable to more than one user at a time on a small network of three PC's.I am using Windows XP and could switch to XP Office if that allows us all workable access at the same time.

Answer:Access - multiple users on network

What you want is perfectly feasible and workable. Access uses a special file (.ldb) top avoid someone trying to edit/delete a file if someone else is using it. There lies one of the strengths of Access - it's ability to work on a network.But it needs needs much more than we can go through on a forum like this! And it all starts off with setting up users and levels.The Help pages in Access to give descriptions of how its done. Perhaps print them off and work through with a 'spare' copy of the database?And A97 is a little 'older', a browse in your local library may find an Access book with some help on networking.If all else fails, there is a good help forum (free registration) and quite busy - meaning that a lot of people look at it - at click here It's a good site - I've used it often.HTHCtA

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Our school environment used Server 2008 R2 and we are transitioning workstations from XP to Windows 7. With XP we were able to enable multiple keyboards and the language bar. The language bar was then visible and set for each any user who logged into that
workstation. In Windows 7 we go through the same setting process, however, the language bar is not visible to any user but the machine administrator.
How can we set this such that any user will see the language bar?

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Ok, I'm having some problems running multiple users on my wireless network. We have 4 laptops that try to connect to the same wireless spot. For some reason one will be able to connect and the other 3 won't...then another one will be able to connect and the others can't, then 2 of them can connect and the others can't. I have tried resetting the router, disabling the security, turning the internal firewall on and off, still nothing. Any idea what might be causing this? Like sometimes when I have the TKIP security enabled 1 or 2 or 3 of the laptops will be able to connect but the others can't. They all have the correct passwords, etc. It is definately a wireless problem because we have a couple PCs that are wired and always have good connection. We are running a WRT54G.

Any feedback would be appreciated!

Answer:Problems with multiple users on wireless network

First thing I do with soho routers is update the firmware, which is easy with the wrt54g there is an update feature in the setup.

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My college hostel has a broadband connection in each room, with individual servers, all of which are connected to a central server.Each hostel has a unique ip range(eg, and others like this, and students are allotted random ips). Each hostel has a particular proxy address that allows us to access the internand by low i mean, quite lowet, and each user has a fixed bandwidth(which is low). My question is, is there a way for one user of a particular hostel to use the bandwidth of multiple users of the same hostel(such that they are in the same ip range, and have the same proxy server for accessing the internet).

i.e Is there a way for me to increase my bandwidth by using the bandwidths of other non allocated ips within the range of my hostel, such that with a single broadband connection, i can utilize the the unallocated bandwidth.

ps - Theres one guy who knows how to do this, but he wont tell anyone.

pps - any help would be really appreciated, cause our allocated bandwidths are low, and by low, i mean quite low.

Answer:[HELP] Using bandwidth of multiple users on a proxy network

The bandwidth restrictions are probably deliberate, and we will not assist in circumventing them. If they are accidental then discuss this with the network administrators. Closing.

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we are using mm2 on our school network to allow students to edit movies. mm2 works on laptops exclusively used by one user (teacher) but when students use laptops/pcs that have multiple users the program shuts down during the process of editting, and not allowing saving to the network drives.can anyone suggest a solution to fix this problem or suggest a freeware editting program that works on a network and is appropriate for 10-13 year old students?

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I have Windows XP on my PC and have set-up multiple users. How can I share all my MS Outlook files/folders (email, calendar, contacts) with another user on the same PC, so both can read and receive the same email and can share the same calendar and contacts?

I also have another Windows XP PC in a home network. How can I set it up so that all my MS Outlook files/folders are shared and synchronized between the 2 PCs, i.e., email, calendar and contacts can be accessed and updated on either PC?

Answer:Sharing MS Outlook files with multiple users on same PC and home network

For the second half of that question it all has to do with your ISP. You probably need to set it up so it leaves a copy on the ISP server. This will allow you to get it on multiple computers. Then there is another option to delete the email once emptied from your deleted items box in Outlook. That way you can use either computer to get the new emails (or viewed but not deleted from another computer).

I'm not sure if this helps, but it could work.

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I've been looking all over the internet for the past 2 hours trying to find a decent thread that would help me, Everything seems the same and I've followed Instructions by the book..

I want to be able to use 2 Administrator accounts or 1 Administrator and 1 Standard account at the same time, for various reasons. I've read that I should try the

and the

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon
I've Tried all of these options but none of them Have Worked, I've Rebooted after each attempt but It will only let me login to the user that locked the screen.

Can anyone help?


Answer:How do I Switch users on Windows 7?

So what happens when you click then choose the arrow next to the Shut Down button to Switch User? It should take you to the Log On screen to choose one of the other accounts.

To keep your work open on one account, you'd choose Switch User instead of Log Off. You can move between all of the accounts this way.

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Have a windows 8 pro computer that I took off the domain.  After rebooting the only login option is the last logged in user.  This is a domain account that, of course, can't login.  How do I get this to allow me to login as the local administrator?
I cannot get into windows at all.

Fixed.  Had to boot to safe mode, hold Shift while clicking Restart to get the support menu, (thanks Microsoft for making this more difficult than it needs to be) and enable to the hidden administrator.  Then I was able to see the account on the
login page and get into windows.

Answer:Windows 8 Can't Switch Users


I?m glad to hear your issue has been resolved. Hope your experience will help other community members facing similar problems.

HuangLeo Huang
TechNet Community Support

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I have Windows XP Home Edition.I use to be able to switch user to another user and still leave my programs running. I can't do that anymore. I have to completely Log Off in order to get to another user. I know you can fix it by going to:Control Panel >>User Accounts >> Under Pick A Task Click on Change The Way Users Log On or Off >> Then check Use Fast User Switching...Hit Apply Options.When I hit Apply Options it just brings be back to the User Acounts screen and when I click on Change The Way Users Log On or Off it says that I didn't check the Fast User Switching Box.Anyone know how to fix this? I am completely stumped.

Answer:Windows Xp Switch Users

When you go Start >> Log Off, isn't Switch User there? Does it just instantly log off?Oh. I see what you mean. Just go into the menu you've been to (change the way users...), tick the box, go apply, and on Start >> Log Off, see if you can Switch Users.But my guess is that there's a bigger problem behind this that we don't know about.

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One day, I get on the computer and I try to switch users. Out of nowhere, I click it and nothing works!. I checked if it was enabled in control panel and even if the service was running (terminal services too). I'm running windows xp (obviously). help?

Answer:Solved: Cannot switch users in windows XP

another way of switching users is to hold down the window on the keyboard and press the L key.


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ok, so i installed service pack 2 today and had restarted the computer only to find that the welcome screen didn't appear, but the normal log in screen that i was used to seeing with earlier windows os. i logged in as both myself and my mom trying to make the welcome screen return, but nothing i've tried works. we are also unable to do the quick switch thing so we're being forced to completely log off and then log on again under our respective user names. whenever i try to switch accounts i get this message:

This computer is in use and has been locked.
Only *insert name here* or an administrator can unlock it.

my dad says there's something off with the registry but he doesn't know what. my mom and i are really dependent on the switch users thing so if i could get some help i'd really appreciate it.

thanks! >_<

Answer:Unable to switch users with windows XP

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Switch users without logging off windows 10

Answer:Switch users without logging off windows 10


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What can I do to resolve this issue? I took one of my end users laptop home and tried connecting and was unable to authenticate. When I tried with my computer it didn't work either. However...the night before we both could logon from home? What could be causing this? Could it be our firewalled router?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Under Windows 2000, when I reformat the computer, I add administrator user as a network user in the install process. Then, I go in and add local users to the computer. Later on when I want to add network users, it won't let me, the computer just hangs. Any ideas?

Answer:Can't add network users after add local users

Not much information to go on here, but are you signed on as a network admin when you are trying to add the network users?

When you say you add the administrator user as a network user, what are you referring to? Are you adding the Network Administrator account to the local PC?

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When my son is on the computer, Is there a quicker way to switch users. And can you tell me how to speed up the logon time.
I love to do away with unneccessary applications at startup!
I am carfefull and love tweaking.

Answer:How to switch users without going to the users

I love to do away with unneccessary applications at startup! I am carfefull and love tweaking.ClassyHello Lyn I can help out with your second question. We have a Startup Database here @ Bleeping Computer. This database will allow you to search for programs that you find starting automatically on your computer and determine if they are considered to be malware (harmful), unnecessary to run, or necessary to run. You will find itHere

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In 'log off" screen when given the option to 'switch users' or 'log off' --when elect 'switch users' nothing happens and desktop remains unchanged. Have to reboot computer to change to another user. No recent software or hardware installation . Pure frustration!

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP 'Switch Users' Problem


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I've built a new PC for my parents and I've created 2 user accounts on it. My account (as admin) and their account (limited privs). In order to switch accounts I need to be at the machine so I can select which account I want to go to (using the Switch User) screen. Is there any way I can create a shortcut which I can use to switch the accounts without my needing to be at the machine (so I can switch from the limited account to the admin account by VNC)? From the searching I've done it doesn't look likely but I thouht I'd ask anyway.


Answer:Windows XP Home - Programmatically Switch Users

Doing so would be a security issue as any errant app could just switch itself out of one account and into another by doing exactly what you're looking to accomplish, so the basic answer is no, it doesn't quite work that way.

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On HP Envy laptop models (at least 4 different laptops), when switching users on Windows 8.1 with the latest updates, the system hangs with "Please wait..." and the spinning circle. The only way out is to do a hard reboot. Google searches seems to reveal that this issue may be related to only HP Envy 17" laptops, at least those are the users who have reported the problem. I am at home with two HP Envy 17" laptops and an older HP Pavilion 15" laptop. Both Envys have the switching problem but the Pavilion does not. The switch user functioned correctly on the Envys up until about 3-4 weeks ago. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Switch Users on Windows 8.1 Hangs System

Clarification. I thought the swith user worked properly until 3-4 weeks ago (probably meaning an interim update caused it), but I believe that is wrong. Of the two HP 17" Envy laptops that were in my possession (mine and a friend's that has since been returned), he had not previously used the switch user function until he tried it a few days ago and I don't use it on my Envy laptop (just my Pavilion). So it seems that the switch user function has always caused a hangup in Windows 8.1 on HP Envy laptops (but not other HPs and not on other brands).

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hi guys,

really need some help on this one cause i cant seem to get how something that sounds so simple is so hard to do.

i got a client with a workstation that has a local user account on it.
they also have a domain which he has another account on there.

so i have local account joe1 and domain account joe2. now i need to get joe 1 to combind and merge outlook and my docs with joe2. and then get joe2 to stay on the server so that it remains a account that can be accesses on any computer on the domain network. with this in mind the user profile needs to be saved on the server and the profile can be copied to the computer that his sitting at when he loggs on.

anyway i can figure out how to move the local (joe1) account to the server (joe2)i have tried a command moveuser but i keep getting a parameter error on there (error 87) .

i typed it like this

moveuser joe1 (company doamin)\joe2 /c:\\(client machine)

please can anyone help me one this

Answer:migrating local users on xp to domain users on a windows 2003 server.

prob best n easiest way to do it would be to FAST the local profile to the server then log in with the domain profile and FAST it back

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Answer:Multiple users in Windows XP

To access programs from every profile the shortcut to the various programs should be in C:/Documents & Settings; All Users; Start Menu; Programs

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Answer:windows XP pro, Multiple users

make sure in network connections all users share this connection is ticked and secondly configure avg to scan your common drive c or whatever johnny.

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I am a Media Center user and in my home its my only computer.
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and about 2 years ago I went from a part time Media Center User to
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But after I cut the cord and go to Antenna I am just at the range where
TV Signals arent stable unless I install a 50foot tower and a really large antenna.
But even so I will want to record everything that way when 2 shows conflict during primetime
I will have it to watch when Jerry Springer or Judge Judy is on.
I will also have everything I have recorded off of Cable and I will be Legal
meaning watching torrents won't get my internet shut off
Which means my Phone would also get cut off along with my ability to make money as
a developer part time...
Streaming might be the solution for some people but it comes with a cost.
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You are forced to resort to illegal torrents or sites.
or you end up paying higher costs for internet because it takes a ton of bandwidth to stream HD 1080p to the living room, kids room, parents .. whatever all at the same time ..
That free Gigabit Google ain't no where to be seen... so you will be buying 100-200Mbit plans so you can keep your TV, Phone, Alarm / Video Surveillance online at the same time and still surf the web and update your android apps on your cell...
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Answer:15% of Windows Users are Media Center Users that Can't Upgrade

Please check this DVBLink wiki
I used this app a while ago to watch and record IPTV on Windows Media Center. But I think they can do it with other sources too. The latest version can record TV server side so you don't need a Windows Media Center anymore. And now I use Plex server for all of my Video stuff instead of Windows Media Center.
It's really a shame MS stopped so many successful apps.

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What is the effect of multiple users on a Windows 7 Enterprise PC simply locking their accounts and remaining logged in?
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Is it possible to have one Microsoft account (so I have access the store) and have multiple user accounts that have access to the account so they can use the store apps I have bought? E.g for kids being able to use apps purchased on my account, but at same time not need to know my password or access my email.


Answer:Windows 8 - one account multiple users

I think if you create a local account and then install the apps from the store the Store app will ask for a Microsoft account to install and I think you can still run the app from the local account at that point. I've tried this and it seems to work for the apps I've installed.

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If I want multiple users to share the same Windows Store app, in this case Kodi media player, it looks like I have to go into the store and install it for each user. Does that mean that the app actually gets downloaded and repeated in each user's folder? So now if I want 4 users to use a 400MB app, it is going to cost me 1.6GB total instead of a few KB to create just a shortcut?

If that's the case, I'm just going back to installing Kodi the old way.

Answer:Multiple users sharing same Windows 10 App

You can share store log-on (so you only have to pay once) but has to be downloaded and installed for each user.

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Hi, I've been meaning to post this question for quite some time. I brought a new PC last year which has Windows XP - I've since updraded this to SP2.

On my old PC, I can have multiple user accounts so that one person apart from myself could log on and only have access to files in their settings and not access to my files.

On my new PC, this doesn't seem to work so someone signing in on a guest account can still view my documents and settings.

What do I need to do to add this security setting so that users cannot view other peoples files?


Answer:Windows XP - multiple users question

The drive has to be NTFS, and your My Documents folder must be set to be private.

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Just created one Admininstrator user and several non-admin users.

I have few issues/questions:

1. From time to time, one of the users (including the Admin user) cannot log off - all users allways can switch-user but sometimes cannot logoff. After sometime the user can again logoff again but then another user/s sop logginn off. I cannot see any logic for that behaviour.

2. I have Personal Seagate Firewall Pro (PSF) installed and when I switch user, PSF cannot starts and gives the following message: "Sygate Personal Firewall Pro is unable to show the user interface. If you are using Windows XP Fast User witching, make sure all other users are logged off of Windows then try logging back on. If you are using Terminal Services, the user interface is not supported" How can I enable PSF to run in more than one user simoultanously?

3. I craeted one Disk for each user, How can I grant write privileges for one disk to one user only? I want each user to be able to update only one disk and be able to read all other disks. Regarding the System disk - I assume that all users must have all privileges.

Thanks for your support

Answer:Windows XP Pro - Multiple users issues

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Hi guys I got a problem with a computer that my step moms church just got, we installed the programs they need under the administrator account and the other users that need access to the programs are getting the message that they don't have access to the programs. My first guess is that they would need to run it as administrator, which would mean that she would have to give them her password so they can run it correct? If this is the case is their any way around having to give them her password?


Answer:windows 8 and multiple users question

What apps are you trying to use? Older apps, or apps that don't play nice with MS's multi-user app guidelines, are going to throw up access rights boxes. Your install may have users required to enter an Administrator login and password (note: this is not the default).

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On the Windows 8/8.1 platform, they have this annoying process of signing in to the last logged in user by default rather than showing all users so every time if the last user wasn't you (and they don't have a password to their account) you have to sign out from that account to get to yours. What I want to know is does Windows 10 now show all users by default rather than this login to the last signed-in user stuff?

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This has to be possible.

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate box running as my HTPC, but it's a bit of an overkill for an HTPC. It's an AMD x6 1090T w/ 6GB RAM and a few hundred GB of space. I intend to use this box to login via remote desktop; so I can test new mods/scripts for games.

However, when I login it boots the current user out and goes to the "Logon" screen waiting for someone to login; but once someone logs in it boots me off the Remote Desktop connection. This isn't much of a problem unless someone is watching TV at the time I do this, then their show is interrupted.

So my question is; how can I keep the local user logged in/active while I login remotely?

Answer:Allow multiple users same time Windows 7

I use Teamviewer, it works really well for viewing another desktop. They have even allowed it to accept direct network connections, and you can integrate it as a system process so that it will always start up with your computer, so you can remotely log in before you log onto the computer.

Not sure if it'll do what you're trying to do. Maybe a virtual machine would be better?

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Windows 10 Pro No longer requires a login password on startup and logs right in as the user

This is occurring on a Windows SBS2011 domain user account

I scanned PC with trend AV and also Bitdefender - no issues found and PC is generally OK in all other regards and performance is good.

As I was seeing frequent warnings about the machine not being protected I have temporarily removed Trend Worry Free antivirus as clearly a problem there.

This machine was re-installed fresh on a new drive just a few weeks ago due to similar problems.

No other machines on the domain have this issue though one has started showing the trend error.

My feeling is that windows updates have screwed something as it was perfect for a couple of weeks following the reinstall.

Answer:Windows Automatically logs on user upon startup/unable to switch users

Following my nose yesterday I went to settings /accounts and noted that the user had an account type of 'Terminal Services' which I have never seen before.

I set user to local admin and order was restored with the user now required to enter a password and now able to switch users and log out as normal.

Marked as Solved!

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A forum moderator of Microsoft Community has suggested that I repost my question here.
What I need to do is to find a way to switch users automatically right
after the main user account has logged in (when Windows 8 start-up process is over). The sequence should be like this: booting the OS -> logging into the main user account -> logging it off -> logging into another user account.    

Since the edition of the OS is non-pro I cannot use scripts involving Group Policies Editor nor can I resort to the commands provided by 'quser' which is missing. From my understanding,
'Tscon' allows to switch to a user who's already logged in, and 'tsdiscon' just gets me to the Logon Screen.
If there's no other way to switch users via the Command Prompt what 3rd party software would you recommend that's capable of switching users and has a CLI so that I could use
it with Windows Task Scheduler?

(Have been looking into the problem for three hours.. to no avail) 

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Certain PCs at work have multiple Domain users log into them and they all need XP mode. Because each user is unique, a new profile is created, and for XP Mode to work as I need, I end up having to install XP mode for each user. It's a pain. 
What I've done now is to install the XP Mode under the Public profile, configure it as I need, and save the image. When you install for a new user, you're forced to overwrite the existing VM, which I let it do its thing, and when done, I just throw my saved
image to the new user's XP Mode folder, and I'm good.
My question is... Is there an easier way to get this accomplished? Maybe a Registry key or two that you can just insert that points to the XP Mode folder under Public, so I don't have to install per user? Maybe something Global that would only force my to
install once, and all new users logging in would be configured for it automatically. 

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I can't seem to find any information - whether Windows Phone 10 will allow multiple users on Xbox app. I use a business account to sync my phone, but use a different separate account for Xbox gaming.
Will Windows Phone 10 allow signing into Xbox app with a different account than the phone's main account?
Other people may want this feature to allow their child to login into the Xbox app on their phone which uses a different account than the parent's MS account, etc.
Thanks for your help!

Answer:Xbox on Windows Phone 10 - Multiple Users?

As far as I can tell, no, you can't do that. Maybe try voting on it in the uservoice?

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Hey Folks,

I work as an IT Assistant in an office. We have been having a sporadic issue with multiple users (myself included) where Windows File Explorer just hangs and does not populate. All of our machines are running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

What happens is a user will open up computer to navigate their local/network drives and nothing will populate, no network or local drives will show. The left side navigation pane will show only Favorites, Libraries, and Computer with nothing listed under them. There will be the green loading bar crawling slowly at the top and it will finish to no avail. Users can still navigate to drives/folders if they manually type in a directory or use a shortcut to a specific directory. If they use a shortcut that opens a new file explorer window the left navigation panel will be fully populated with drives but the other window will continue to hang.

I have run a chkdsk on my computer as I have had the issue and it returned no errors.

My temporary solution is Task Manager > End Explorer.exe > Run Explorer.exe

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I am currently looking at the concept of sharing a PC between two users, both who would have their own VDU, keyboard and mouse. The amount of actual processing power required is minimal wheras space is at a premium. Although I know I can share the PC with the correct hardware, the following issue has been raised:1. Which version of Windows would be most appropriate?2. Is there any way of ensuring that, although both users are accessing the same PC, they both need to log onto the PC as individuals?

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Hello. I am thinking of upgrading our family's two computer systems, which are about 8 years old. To build/buy a decent computer will cost about $500. Could be done a bit cheaper, but then two computers will double the price.

So, I was thinking. Most modern computers have multiple output video cards. Most computers have multiple USB ports. Would it be possible to plug two keyboards, two mice, and two monitors into one computer and have two people using that computer simultaneously? This should work just fine from a hardware perspective. With USB hubs and multiple video cards, maybe 4 or more people could use the same computer simultaneously. I would like to do this on Windows 7.

I come from a UNIX background and this sort of thing is done all the time on UNIX systems, either text mode or graphics mode. The available hardware is very ripe for this type of usage. Its easy to get multiple monitors and multiple keyboard/mouse connected to a computer. Even multiple sound cards. CPUs are powerful and multi-core. Memory is cheap and plentiful. I think this would be a very good use of multi-core CPUs.

I would think this situation is very common. Several people in close proximity to each other would each like to use a computer. Why should they each have their own computer at increased cost, when modern computers and operating systems are so powerful? They could share one computer.

Does anyone know how to configure Windows 7 to do this? ... Read more

Answer:Multiple simultaneous users on one Windows computer?

You can set up a UNIX machine to have 4 users with 4 keyboards and mice plugged in at the same time and each has their own output to a monitor that doesn't interfere with the other?

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New-ish to Windows XP. Have 2 user accounts (Myself & t'missis), & both use the same email address. However, Outlook Express opens with two separate Outlook Express inboxes. Or, in other words, emails that were in User 1's inbox do not show up in User 2's inbox & vice versa. How can I make the same Outlook Express inbox launch for both users ?Ok, could obviously just be one user account, but we both have our own little bits we like to have on desktop etc, so 2 separate user accounts are desired. Cheers! :-)

Answer:Outlook Express & Multiple Users Windows XP

If you both use the same e-mail address you can't both use OE in your separate user accounts. If you do, you'll find that sometimes e-mails are downloaded to OE in your wife's account and at other times you will download e-mails to OE in your account.The are 2 solutions:You must agree that you will only download e-mails into OE in one account or the other.AlternativelyYou should each have a separate e-mail address and you can then use OE in your own accounts for your own separate addresses.

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I've recently upgraded to Windows 10, and I'm finding the backup process quite confusing. With Windows 7 it was simple enough. I took a system image on a 2TB external drive once a week or so. With 10 I took a system image using the control panel, but how does that tie in with this 'file history' carry-on? I can back up my files, but I have to select automatic backups to allow that. I don't want automatic backups, I just want to make a manual backup every week or so. I don't want my backup drive running all the time. If I make a system image, do I even need to do a separate file backup? Then there's the multiple user question. Do individual users need to make their own file backups? I've read a number of online articles, but none of them really explain it. They tell you where to click, but not exactly what it is you'd be doing and why you'd want to do that, or how the different backups tie in together. If there's something out there which explains it without assuming I'm an IT professional I'd be grateful for a few pointers. Thanks.

Answer:Windows 10 file backups, etc. with multiple users.

I only make System Images (using Macrium Reflect Free).
If I want just some files or folders, I Mount the Image (by double clicking it)
I don't use MS Windows System Images, Backups or File History. I find they are more trouble than they are worth and not reliable or efficient, in my experience.
Seeing as you don't want your backup drive connected all the time, maybe your users can make their own extra arrangements locally or to Cloud Accounts.
Easeus Todo Backup Free might be useful to them.

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For computers that are shared amongst multiple users, anyone found a way to bring back the old style login? Where the ctrl+alt+del screen is avail..user just types in their username in the top, password obviously, and the domain is already in the 3rd line.

With Vista you could bring that back, but AFAIK is such option?

For me and semi-savvy users, no problem going to "other user"..and typing in
user: "Domainmane\Username" and then the password.
But for tons of users....they are getting confused by that.

Answer:Windows 7 login...can you return to old style for multiple users

Found this, seems to do what you're looking for. But I don't have a domain set up here, so I can't verify that it works the way you're asking.

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Is there a way to have multiple user-accounts use the same profile?

Preferably by setting group-policies.

Answer:Windows Server 2003 -> Multiple Users - One Profile

No. Someone is going to get on your case about how you shouldn't bother with this OS if you have to ask a question like that but I'll be nice and spare you.

Through group policy you can point everyone to a specific desktop and other shell folders but local settings, appdata, registry and other items are stored per user.

If you are in a domain then you can be specific about who gets redirected to this standard desktop and start menu. If you need more than that like Favorites, My Documents etc, then you can create custom ADMs that will map various Shell folders to specific locations that you specify.

If you are not in a domain then you have some script writing and registry work to do if you want to redirect more than just the Start Menu and the Desktop. It's not hard to do if you are familiar with these things.

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I want to install a windows store app of same version number in multiple users in a machine.. In each user, the windows store app will have different data..

I want to install outlook express in each user.. but  different email account will be configured to it.
Can anyone give a way for doing it ?

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My laptop was getting BSoDs. I tried a system recovery but after it failed, I brought it to a computer shop where they tried three more reinstalls of Windows 7, and Vista to try fix it. I have four Windows.old files - Windows.old, Windows.old.000, Windows.old.001, Windows.old.002. I want to restore the files from my documents from my first version of Windows 7 but there are no files in the My Documents folder in Windows.old. Is it possible to recover the files.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Restore Users folder from Windows.old after multiple system recoveries

Hello Nigel,

Double check in each of the four Windows.old folders to see if one of them may contain the files. In addition, check to see if you have either C:\$INPLACE.~TR or C:\WINDOWS.~Q folders, and check to see if the files are in them.

Once you have what you wanted to recover, you could use the tutorial below to delete the four Windows.old folders to regain the HDD space they are taking up.

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Hope this helps,

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I have a unusual case where I need to setup two mapped network drives as two different users to the same share location. When I attempt to map the second drive after inputting the user name and password the system goes on its merry way for a few seconds
and then returns me back to the username/password input.
If I change the second mapped network drive to use the IP address the two shares work happily. If I manipulate the host file and point two paths to the same address then I can also work around this problem. However, I would simply like to know why I am blocked
from setting two mapped drives to point to the same share with different credentials? 
TestFolder on TestServer is shared to TestUser1 & TestUser2 where the IP of TestServer is
If I map S: to \\TestServer\TestFolder using TestUser1, if I then map T: to \\TestServer\TestFolder using TestUser2 it will not work. 
Mapping S: to \\TestServer\TestFolder using TestUser1, if I then map T: to \\\TestFolder using TestUser2 it will work and I can access the folder as the two different users.
Case 3
If I map S: to \\TestServer\TestFolder using TestUser1, if I then map T: to \\TestServer\TestFolder using TestUser1 it will also work (but I am accessing S: & T: as the same user). 
Why do cases 2 + 3 work, but case 1 does not? 

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 hp computer,xp home,512 memory processor 2.08ghzHi, "switch users not working"All of a sudden I got 3 things that don't work.1. switch user quit working2. system restore won't restore3. task mgr won't show accountsI tryed last known good configurationjacobi3x

Answer: "switch users not working"

First I'd say check into the malware forum here at CH for a virus cleansing here.  ... Read the pre posting instructionsIf malware doesn't seem to be the case here, there's a few other things we can try...  But first things first, we need to address the possibility of malware in the system otherwise we might be chasing our tales

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Hi Guys,
I have just set up a small windows 7 network in an office and i seem to have come across a slight problem after a configuration change was requested by the office manager. Basically what i want to be able to do is centrally manage all users from one PC, So that the users only have to be created once, not once on each machine. I understand this is probably a Windows Server situation but don't really want to go to that expense purely for centralising users.
Are there any other ways around my problem?

Answer:Windows 7 network / Users

If you are not running server software, i.e. have a Client/Server network, then you are running a "peer-to-peer" network. This is the type of network used by home users and every computer in the network has an equal status; there is no particular computer having overall control of the network.
"So that the users only have to be created once, not once on each machine"
I don't understand what you mean by creating users ???

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i accidentally switched users when i trying to log in...there is no option to switch back....i have tried control, alt, delete but nothing happens

Answer:how do i switch users

Click the arrow beside the Restart button, then Switch User.

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Hi All
I am having many problems
I cannot switch users and also cannot log off properly.

Cannot connect to internet all of the time.

I have a Duron 750 with 512 mb ram

when I shut down, it seems to take a long time.

I am not aware of any trojans,etc

Here is my log hope you can help me...thanks

EDIT: removed inline log

Answer:Help...Cannot log off, or switch users


1st off you have 2 firewalls installed in Symantec/Norton and ZoneAlarm, uninstall the ZoneAlarm one as you have the rest of Norton Internet Security installed, this may not the the cause of your slow shutdown but will not help overall PC performance.

One service that is known to slow shutdown... down is the NVIDA Helper Service, so goto Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > look for Nvidia Display Driver Helper and double click it then click STOP > in ist Startup Type choose Disabled > Apply ( this will have to be actioned each time the Nvidia driver is updated, but it does shave a small amount of time from shutdown )

the rest is to follow this guide and lets rule out malware as the culprit,

Please follow our standard cleaning procedures which are necessary for us to provide you support. Also there are steps included for installing, running, and posting HijackThis logs as attachments.
Run ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support
Make sure you check version numbers and get all updates.
Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.

After doing ALL of the above you still have a problem make sure you have booted to normal mode and run the steps in the below link to properly use HijackThis and a... Read more

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This happened some time in the past month. One laptop being shared by 2 people -- normally after booting up a screen appears with a choice between two user profiles to load -- which would take you to one desktop or another.

Sometime in the past month, somehow this screen was eliminated. The choice gets made automatically by Windows now and only one profile will ever load. I've gone into Control Panel: Users and tried to change it, but am blocked from doing so, with a message that says "Client Services for NetWare does not permit User switching" (or words to that effect) with just an OK button.

I have no idea what "Client Services for NetWare" is. No programs of either of those names on the computer. There's no "more info" or any information anywhere about why this is happening, or how to undo it.

The 2nd profile DOES exist in the Users area of control panel, but it can't be selected.

Now it occurred to me that networking may have something to do with this. This is a new Dell Inspiron E1505, and the Dell Network Assistant was turned on. I considered uninstalling it to see if it takes care of this problem. But that's a shot in the dark, really.

It also occurred to me that it might be virus related. Norton shows it as clean though.

Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Can Not Switch Users In Xp

Are there any programs from Novell on the PC?

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Question: Can't Switch Users

When i attempt to switch users I have a screen displaying all of my user accounts but the cursor freezes and I can't use the mouse or keyboard. I must power down and then power up to reboot.

Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

Answer:Can't Switch Users

These threads might point you in the right direction

System Hangs/Freezes when account switching - Tech Support Forum

Vista crashes when I switch users. - Microsoft Answers

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Question: cant switch users

hello, i am unable to switch between user accounts. i have xp

Answer:cant switch users

We need more information. Do you have another user? Try to Log out and log in as the other user.

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What is the easiest way to switch Microsoft accounts users in windows 10?

Answer:How do I switch users?

Click on your account at the top of the start menu.

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Question: switch users

Hi. im pretty new here. my computer is behaving quite strange in the past few months. im have alot of basic knowledge but dont know alot about windows.
right now im trying to find a cause/resolve to being unable to switch users. i normally use the shortcut key winlogo~L but sometimes it doesnt work. neither does the button, start~logoff~switch. When i restart the computer the problem does not fix half the time. seems to be random, sometimes a reboot fixes it, and i dont restart for days. But mostly reboot does nothing.
In spring, I had a bad trojan virus that took a long time to scrub off, and i think its the origin of problems, including why i have to reboot 1-2 times a week. But virus is long gone and im trying to repair the pc.


my pc is from 2003, winXP SP1, pentium4 1.6ghz, 512 ram, nvidia gforce4 ti 4200, generic audio, matshita dvdrom, realtech rtl8139 ethernet & DSL internet.
the programs running on startup are: HP psc printer, Konfabulator, blackice, adwatch, taskmgr

Answer:switch users

Download and install service pack 1A. DO NOT DOWNLOAD SP 2 YET!!!! Then download hjt and post it in the section in security for hjt logs. Follow their instructions.

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Hi, I've been trying to get this problem fixed for a while but I just can't seem to straighten it out.

Currently I am logged on to my Administrator account. I have a program that can only be run on an account which doesn't have administrator privileges. So I made another account and it was working. Then out of the blue I can not switch users anymore. I can lock and log off the admin account but whenever I try to log on to my user account I look at the loading screen for a minute and then my screen fades to black and I can only see my pointer on the screen.

At this stage I can ctrl + alt + delete and log off but I can not access anything or even ever see any icons or desktop on my user account.

Is it something in my registry or what?

Thanks in advance.
Windows Vista Home Premium
2 GB's of DDR2 Ram
150 GB free hard drive space.
8800GTS Video Card
e6850 CPU

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After returning from vacation (computer off for a week) I found that I cannot switch between users on the computer (XP SP3). I can log off and log on to another user without any problem, but cannot leave one user active and switch to another. When you go to switch users it will take you from the first user to the Welcome Screen. Then when you click on the next user it switches you back to the first users desktop then back to the Welcome Screen. All software is working fine, scans reveal no virus, adware or spyware.

Answer:Cannot switch between users


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Question: Switch Users

My computer is telling me that there are two users on my system, but I'm the only one using the computer. It also shows that the second user ID is the same as mine. How do I remove one of these to eliminate the conflict?

Answer:Switch Users

When...and your computer "telling you that there are two users"?Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it. Checkmark the following checkboxes: List last 10 Event Viewer log List Installed Programs List Users, Partitions and Memory size. Click Go and paste the content into your next post.Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - .Louis

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Machine details:

Dell C840 laptop, 1.8 MHz, 1GB ram (recently upgraded from 512 MB) 40 GB HDD; laptop spends most of its time in a Dell C docking station, 8 port powered USB hub. XP Pro SP2 with latest updates, ZAP firewall, Norton 2004 antivirus, sync to iPAQ 1945 using ActiveSync 3.8. I run SpywareGuard, SpywareBlaster, SpyBot S&D and Ad-Aware SE - full scans for viruses and spyware weekly. I have used Wintasks and SpyBot utilities to selectively limit the startup list (maximise resources and minimise startup, which takes about 3 min). Broadband internet via BT and an Intel AnyPoint DSL modem. Lots of software loaded (MS Office, MS Project, Lotus SmartSuite, Paintshop Pro, Adobe Acrobat, etc, etc.). I use Firefox 1.5 rather than IE6, except when I have no choice.

I have run SpeedUpMyPC and Registry Mechanic to keep load times down and registry clean.

Problem seems to be twofold, which may or may not be linked. Machine is reliable as a single-user machine (occasional lock up during shutdown) but if I try to have more than one user logged on and switch, the machine locks and I have to force a shutdown via the power button. Also, Restore occasionally loses the ability to restore back - switching it off and on fixes this, but it seems to fail a few days/weeks later. Also. I get a completely black screen for 1-2 secs during boot up, just before the users logon screen appears.

It's as though XP has some damaged files. I haven't tried a repair from... Read more

Answer:XP will not switch users

OK, so now I'm embarrassed. I have to admit that just I stopped SpeedUpMyPC from running at startup after a Norton update that required a reboot, and the PC switches users fine now. Oops!

So that just leaves any ideas on the black screen at startup before the logons appear (is that normal?) plus Restore losing its marbles.

Any comments, guys? (on the PC, not my incompetence)

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Question: cant switch users

What happens is after booting up, I can log on to any of the users normally. If I log off, I can log on to any of the other users without a problem. If I click "switch user", it takes me to the welcome screen as it normally would. If I try to click on a different user the screen flashes briefly and then goes back to the welcome screen. No error message. I can still get back on to the user that is already logged on.

I have already checked the easy stuff, fast switching is enabled. One of the help threads I read suggested checking "services.msc" and setting "terminal services" to manual, it was already set this way. I have read the threads about MSGina.dll and tried several fixes for that, all say that it is working fine. I haven't installed any new programs outside of the drivers for my new MB. I have done virus and spyware scanning, all clean.

Anyone have any ideas how I can fix this?

Thanks for any help,

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Question: Switch users

I know how to turn off the switch user option but i want to know how to disable that option for some users not all.How can i do this?thanks.

Answer:Switch users,33586.htmlWhat is your operating system?

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When ever I try to switch users on my computer it brings up a warning telling me the security log on computer is full and wont switch users just gives a black screen. What do I do? please help me

Answer:"can't Switch Users"

To clear your security log, and allow you to switch users.

Log into your computer as an administrator.

From the Start menu, select Settings, then Control Panel.

Double-click Administrative Tools, and then Computer Management.

Beside Event Viewer, click the + (plus sign) to expand the list, and then click Security.

From the Action menu, select Clear all Events, and then click No to clear the log.

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Ok, for the past 3 months or so.. I have not been able to switch users. I go to start>switch user. When I do, the blue error screen of death appears. I would have taken a screenshot but I can't because when the blue screen disappears, the print screen deletes (since the computer restarts). The blue screen does say something about a bios error. I can log on to the accounts fine, just whenever I try to switch between user accounts, it won't let me. Help please!

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I have windows XP home installed on one of my computers, there are two user accounts on it. For some reason, it won't let me switch users, only log off and then log onto another user. Why?

Answer:XP won't switch users...

check "fast user switching" In user accounts inside control pannel.

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Question: Can't Switch Users

I recently got help removing malware and viruses from this system. Now it will no longer switch, when you try to switch users while another is logged on.

Answer:Can't Switch Users

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hi,all i have vista ultimate sp1 on ma pc ihav been facing a problem whenever i switched between users my computer did not boot properly it is not bootin in another user properly som startup programmes are not aappearin can neone help on this topic

Answer:switch users

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I press start, log-off, switch users, I then click on the new user...the screen flashes on that desktop for a fraction of a second, turns blue for a fraction of a second and then goes right back to the switch users window. I can only switch users by turning off the computer and then rebooting and clicking on the user that I want.

Answer:Cannot Switch Users

. Click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.
3. Under Selective Startup, click to clear the following check boxes:
&#8226; Load Startup Items
Click OK/Apply and reboot

Test and post results.

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Hi, Thought I had malware, ran all the programs From Remove malware, and was told my logs are clean, started happening a few weeks ago, can only switch by logging off, I have Win Xp with all security patches, ect. Does any body have a
guess why, I've tried to check box on control panel but it switches back, Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Answer:cannot switch between users on XP

livekarl said:

Hi, Thought I had malware, ran all the programs From Remove malware, and was told my logs are clean, started happening a few weeks ago, can only switch by logging off, I have Win Xp with all security patches, ect. Does any body have a
guess why, I've tried to check box on control panel but it switches back, Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.Click to expand...

Try by starting with this!
>Start by opening the Control Panel. Open User Accounts. Click on "Change the way users log on or off".
>Are there check marks beside both "Use the Welcome Screen" and "Use Fast User Switching"?
>Even if you use this method, you might try toggling the settings to off, applying them, then toggling them to on again.

Good Luck

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I cant log on to any users but the local administrator. I cant even go under and make changes to the other accts.
Any ideas ? I am not very computer savvy.

Answer:I cant switch users

Hello Sarah, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What happens when you try? Do you get any error messages?

For now, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this started may be able to fix this.

Hope this helps for now,

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Question: Cant switch users


First off I would like to thank you for any help I recieve in advanced. I dont know how or why but for some reason it wont let us switch users in windows xp. It will let a user log off but not switch so that you can keep programs running. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks

Answer:Cant switch users

Some loaded programs will disable user fast switching. PcAnywhere is one I know for sure does it. I am not sure if this helps, but maybe one of your programs disabled it.

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Question: Can't Switch Users

I can't seem to switch between users, it just dosen't let me, if i click on another user the screen just goes back to the log onscreen I don't know what happened. I checked and I don't have a virus of any kind, I have cleaned up my pc ect. I have fast user switching enable. Thanks.

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Question: Switch Users

How do I stop the "switch users" page from coming up, if my computer is left idle too long? I've tried the Restore thing many times, and it only lasts for a few days. It just started doing it around the end of November on my Vista. Thank you for any help I can get on it.

Answer:Switch Users

hi, welcome to TSF

right click on an empty spot on the desktop, choose personalize, screensaver if their is a check mark in the box that ask you for password on resume from screensaver uncheck it. should be half way down on screen.

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I know this is not a real big problem however I can no longer switch between users. We were able to before I had a computer shop clean up after a virus and they turned some thing off. They said we could bring it back in and they would try to turn it back on but..... well why pay for them to turn on what they should not have turned off. I only ask now because both my husband and myself are in school and need to use the computer at the same time.
Thank you

Answer:cannot switch users

So what is wrong with just logging off. I personally think the Fast User Switching is the most useless things on the planet. Hate it when my wife doesn't log me off before she logs on. But that is just my opinion.

Lets see if we can fix your problem.
Have you tried to re-enable Fast User Switching in Control Panel > User Accounts > Change the way users logon and logoff?

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Ok, So I can log into one of the 4 accounts fine but if I try to switch users the screen flashes the desktop that is already logged in then just flashes back to the blue log in screen,

this started just a few days ago and I also cant system restore, dont know if thats part of the same problem

Thanks for any help

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Question: can't switch users

I am having fits with this issue of switching users.  I have access to the administrator user but the secondary user will not switch.  When I click on switch user and select the other user it looks like it's going to switch but says logging off and brings me back to the user profile screen.  I have even tried setting up a new user but still cannot switch over.  Things I have tried to fix this are virus scans using avast and housecall,  malwarebytes scan, and ccleaner.  The virus scans and malwarebytes found nothing.  Any help troubleshooting what is causing this would be so very much appreciated.  Thanks.

Answer:can't switch users

If it was my computer, I would run "sfc /scannow" (without quotes) from an elevated command prompt to determine whether there are system resource integrity violations.  If that scan comes back clean, or problems are successfully repaired, you can eliminate that as a cause.  I would also run a "chkdsk /r" (without quotes) from an elevated command prompt to eliminate (of fix) problems with possible corrupt sectors.
Let us know how you make out.  Depending on the size of your hard disk, the chkdsk could take many hours.  Be patient.  Hope this helps.  Have a great day.

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We have three medical clinics and the front desk staff float from clinic to clinic depending on their schedule.

I only started here a few months ago and I am working on upgrading their Dell xp systems to Windows 7 systems.

The problem begins to crop up when say a user named Sally will come in and sit down at this system for the first time.. Well, she needs to login, click on outlook icon, let it find her exchange PST and copy settings to her user profile, then she launches the application for the scanner that she uses to scan in ID's and insurance cards for every patient coming in.. The scanner is set to default settings and needs to be tweaked on color depth and double sided, etc.. Then after that, she needs to launch her Medical EMR application.. and then choose various options in the citrix client, ..

TL;DR - Each user needs to spend 20 minutes resetting the defaults at this updated system.

Well this is fine except, I am planning on updating 2 front desk systems at each clinic, the user Sally will need to do all these things EACH time she finds herself sitting down at a system I just swapped out the previous evening.

My thought is this, put a single system down in one clinic and let it sit a week giving most of the float users a chance to work on it for a day, setting all of their preferences etc.

Once I get a bunch of them with user profiles on the local drive, grab an image of that drive and just deploy that to each system I roll out..

Couple issues I... Read more

Answer:Multiple users on multiple win7-64 systems.. Easy way to clone one?

If Sally logs onto the computer with her name it should have all her preferences saved do you have a separate account setup for every user, maybe if you setup the account as admin to begin with then after everything is setup the way she likes remove the admin privilege and do the same for all users

look at this tutorial on Seven Forums
User Account - Create

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Hi all,

My computer has three users on it (John, Lawrence, and Elizabeth). The problem right now is that John is the only one that can login to the computer.

For Lawrence and Elizabeth, their users don't appear at the login screen (not even in the bottom left hand corner). When the computer starts up, John is already selected to login and just has to input his password.

Also, when logged in as John, you are not able to see the "Switch User" button when clicking on the top left button of the start menu.

I have tried following already:
Running the "secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbos" script in the command promptUsing the lusrmgr.msc to add the users

I have attached a screenshot that shows how there are multiple users on the computer, but there is no "Switch User" option available.

Anyone know what is going on and how to fix it?

Thank you,
John Panzo

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Hi all,

I installed XP SP3 last night, and all was seeming pretty ok, surprisingly...
But I've discovered that I can no longer switch between users. When I try to switch, the system freezes as it is loading the desktop for the second user and all I can do is reboot to get out of it.... infuriating! There's no problem at all if I log out of my user account, and my wife then logs into hers... but they just won't run at the same time as they used to.
I've tried checking to see if Terminal Services and RPC are running in the services list, and both are, so it's not that....
I'm at a loss!

Any ideas, or experiences of getting out of this?


Answer:XP SP3 Installed - Can't Switch Users.... Help

You might try toggling off Fast User Switching, reboot, then toggle it back on, and reboot. (You have to be logged on as a member of the Administrators Group to do this).

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Is there a tool/utility/hack which will allow me to switch users in Win2k as is done in XP?
- I know about right-click; Run-as... but what I would like is another whole desktop etc...


Henry H

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Please, I am aware of many other ways.
I am looking for this particular option.

Answer:How to add Switch Users option

Windows 10: Enable or Disable Fast User Switching

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Hi folks don't know if this a real biggie but I can't switch users without my pc frezing up I can log off and on and have both users logged on but as i said i can't switch back and forth is this me or my machine any thoughts would be good thanks for any and all help

Answer:Solved: xp can't switch users

In Control Panel / User accounts / change the way users log on and off

make sure both opitons are checked in there
Use the welcome screen
Use fast user switching

Apply Options

Hope this helps


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Hi everyone... first post here...

I have Windows XP Home SP 3. Had bigtime malware issues, used a combo of smitfraud fix/spybot/malwarebytes to clean it up. Running very smooth now (prob better than before the problems), however since malware attack #1 I've lost my Welcome screen and ability to switch users w/o logging off... here's what I've tried so far:

The simple fix of changing the classic vs. Welcome screen in Control Panel -> User Accounts - no luck.

Tried the Gina.dll fix - no luck

Checked the Registry - nothing unusal (that I can tell anyway)

It's not the end of the world but 2 people use this PC and it was convient to switch back and forth...

Any ideas/sugesstion???


Answer:No welcome screen/no switch users

If only one user is listed the Welcome and change user will not work. To fix it have you gone into the Control Panel and selected User Accounts. Then added the second user?

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I recently updated our computer from xp pro to vista business. The computer is a dell optiplex gx620 with 2 gb ram.

I've been unable to switch between the limited user account and the admin account. When I click "switch user" or "log off" the screen goes black and won't return. I have to press the on/off button and turn off the computer and then restart.

I've tried a few things I found through google such as deleting the limited user account and recreating it. Also going into msconfig /selective startup and uncheck system startup (not sure if I'm remembering).

Help appreciated.

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