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Switch User Feature

by madambaster / March 3, 2005 4:17 PM PST

Recently I've been noticing a strange minor problem. Whenever I click Start->Log off->Switch User, nothing happens. No error messages or anything. The screen just goes back to what it was doing. I don't know if this is the Fast User Switching thing or not. It says automatic under startup type in the computer management window. And I just scanned with Ad-aware, Spybot, and Microsoft Antispyware to see if there were any bugs. All found were removed but problem remained. If anyone knows how to fix my problem, please help. Thanks.

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general maintinance
by smokeykids / March 3, 2005 7:13 PM PST
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Try some general maintinance for a start,
firstly, Do a Disk Cleanup.
Then do a Defragmentation.
This will put all files etc. back into order & may solve your problem.

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Switch User Feature
by Themisive / March 5, 2005 11:35 PM PST
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Open Control Panel and look in the User Accounts section, it should tell you what users you have registered - chances are that something has wiped off all but your account (a virus or such) - clean the machine and then re-input the accounts and passwords.

Aslo, get a good anti-virus system - preferably with a firewall, and keep them up to date and use them regularly.


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by Cursorcowboy / March 6, 2005 2:49 AM PST
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1. When the Fast User Switching (FUS) feature has been enabled, multiple user accounts can log on to a computer simultaneously. Users can switch sessions without closing Windows, programs, and so forth, [Q279765].

For example: User A is logged on and is browsing the Internet, User B wants to log on to their user account and check their e-mail account. User A can leave their programs running while User B logs on and checks their e-mail account. User A can then return to their session where their programs would still be running.

2. FUS is enabled by default in WinXP Home and Professional on computers with more than 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM.

Note: FUS is not available on Windows XP Professional-based computers that are part of a domain network.

3. If necessary, please read, "Keep a Dial-Up Connection Open for All Users."

4. Supplemental reading:

a. "How to Quickly Lock Your Computer and Use Other Windows Logo Shortcut Keys (Q294317)."

b. "A Discussion About the Availability of the Fast User Switching Feature (Q294739)."

c. Download and initiate, "34. Restore Fast User Switching."

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