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how to forcefully log off a user when they have locked the


I'm new to this forum but Ihave found something annoying to say the least in Vista(Unless im missing the obvious)

In XP if the screen is locked (On a domain) you can use <cntrl><alt>+<del> and force someone off if you are domain admin etc.

I cannot see how to acheive the same in Vista business. Once someone is logged in and locks the screen using <cntrl><alt>+<del>+<Enter>
The options just is not there to switch users.

any ideas?

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Does Restarting The Computer Fix The Issue?

In reply to: how to forcefully log off a user when they have locked the

Hold the power button in for 20 seconds till the machine turns off. Boot the screen from scratch and you should have your normal login window..

Unfortunately, I'm not at a Vista machine to check for other alternatives.

Hope this helps.


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In reply to: Does Restarting The Computer Fix The Issue?

Thanks for the reply but i think the idea is to not have to reboot in any way.

A scenario would be to forcefully log out a user when connecting via remote desktop (the power button is out of reach) XP can do this but how to do this in Vista.

Cheers Happy

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I just yank the AC line.

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To do this programmatically I must plan in advance to set the machine up to allow this. If not, the power is the next option if the power button can't be used.


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In reply to: I just yank the AC line.

I think I am not making the question clear Sad

If someone is logged onto XP and i want to use that PC remotly I can just log them out as i am a domain admin.

XP states.....
"<domain>\<user> is currently logged on. Only <user> or an Administrator can unlock this computer"

This very simple option is not available in Vista or I cant see it. So only the currently logged in user can unlock the PC.

Is there a way round this

Cheers Happy

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What might be missing is...

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The new Vista Resource Kit. I don't have it yet since we don't support Vista yet for our applications.

You may have missed the obvious issue here. You have to enable this feature for you to force a logout. Or you haven't bought the Resource Kit yet.


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If you're an admin...

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In such situations I'm not given the old prompt of XP, but am still permitted to switch users and enter my own administrative credentials to login. From there I can just use Task Manager to view all connected users and disconnect those I choose. That's not an option if multiple logins are disabled, but as an admin you should be able to enable it and simplify the situation.


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