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WIndows XP User Switching Lock-Up

Hi Everyone, I have set up XP's User Switching facility on our family's Dell 8300 but it's driving me mad because XP regularly locks-up and won't switch. I'm left with no option but to power down and re-boot.

I believe that this is a known problem but I haven't located any resource to let me know what is the likely culprit. Some existing software must be conflicting but I'm using mostly standard stuff Office XP Pro, PhotoShop Elements, etc. Any advice?

Dara Hogan

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Same problem

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I seem to have the same problem and I I'm not sure what it is but I thing it's a glitch in XP. I'm curious to know what's causing it also.

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Dara & Latina, Just A Suggestion..

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It would be nice to know which Service Pack you both are using for XP because SP2 helped "a little" with the Fast User Switching problem.

Still, Fast User Switching as been a problem for a number of reasons and not all of them are necessarily related to XP...Many programs which "hook" your system and require specific permissions in order to function will have problems with Fast User Switching...Many antivirus programs, firewalls, etc. can actually be the culprit for your freezing..

As a result, we NEVER use Fast User Switching...Although it takes a few seconds longer, a standard log-off, then Log-on is much more secure and causes fewer problems.

Hope this helps.


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Solved - Windows XP Fast User Switching Problem!

In reply to: Dara & Latina, Just A Suggestion..

Hi C-Net People,

I seem to have resolved my problem by switching off the Windows XP Screen-Saver. I had set up a little slide-show of family pics ; this is one of the options in Display Properties. As soon as I disabled the screen-saver I found that Fast User Switching worked perfectly. With five of us in my family it is a valuable feature that I'm glad we can now use again. However, it does seem surpising that MS have a built-in conflict with their own OS. Has anyone else with this problem been able to resolve it by my method?

>>> Dara <<<

P.S. to Grif - yes I'm on SP2 so they didn't manage to fix it with that release.

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(NT) (NT) Dara, Thanks For Posting Back.

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