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Q: Fast User Switching Roaming Profiles

I have recently set up a home network between two computers. One is running widows XP home, the other windows XP professional. The network works well and we are able to share internet, files, printers ect. But I heard that there is a way to establish roaming profiles or be able to use our personal profiles interchangably between the two computers. Is this possible and how do I do it?

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A: Fast User Switching Roaming Profiles

You need a server to use roaming profiles.

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The Goal:
I want five domain controller's to hold copies of every user profile in the agency (no more than 90 profiles), and when a user travels between sites, would like the copy of the profile on the local domain controller be the one that is downloaded (instead of a profile traversing the VPN).

The Setup:
Five separate sites, connected to the Internet via DSL or Cable connections, connected to the main site (Site A) via VPN using Cisco based firewalls. There are no issues with the VPN; it functions perfectly at every site. Each site has a domain controller to handle local logins.

A domain-based Dfs root was established at Site A, with a replicated link target on the domain controller at Site B.

The Test:
I created a single test account, John Doe, to use. In Active Directory, the profile points to \\mydomain.org\roam\profiles\%username%, which will end up being \doej.

I fill the profile up with enough files so the profile size is between 8-10MB. This way, I will know for sure if the profile is traversing the VPN...as it will take about 5 minutes (or more) to log in.

Replication has been set up and no errors reported.

I go to Site A and test it...seems to work fine...though this is where I set everything up. I log out, then try a login at Site B. Login seems slow...it appears that it is still pulling the profile from Site A.

The Question:
Has anyone used Dfs with FRS to handle roaming profiles? I'm hoping to get this to work, then incorporate a few Folder Re... Read more

A:Roaming User Profiles via Dfs/FRS

Mohenjo,

You are one step ahead of me. I cannot get FRS to work on our remote server. We have a cisco pix 506e here at the main site. Our remote site has a cisco pix 501. The site to site vpn is established and working fine. I created a domain-based DFS root on a domain controller here at the main site. I made the remote server a target but it will not replicate. I get no errors either.

Just to be sure I added another local server as a target and replication works fine between the local servers. All servers are running 2003 ent ed. I'm stumped. Any thoughts?
 

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I want to test roaming user profiles to see if the will help a few issues with our network.

when i go to change a profile type the roaming option is disabled.

does anyone know what i have to do to enable RUPs?
 

A:Roaming user profiles

have a look here it might be of use to you
 

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I have a place that's using Win2K server with Windows 2K & XP machines that login to this domain server. The owner of this establishment wants to have roaming profiles enabled, because the business is expected to expand shortly, and they will have a lot more employees.

I can set up roaming user profiles for the local machines that save to the server; that's not a problem. Here's what IS a problem:

They log into a domain server, and the primary profile is for the domain, let's call it IDO. As you all know, when you try to use the "copy to" command within windows 2k or xp, you can only do it for profiles that are not affiliated with a domain server. I need this profile, because it is the primary one that is used, and because they need network access to their My Documents folder and they aren't saavy enough to browse for it.

Any suggestions?
 

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Hiya, I recently started to set up a Server at my work place. Im familiar with Professionl/Server 2k and I am currently taking MCSE...anyhow..

I have created a domain, and I am trying to make roaming user profiles, First I go to Active Directory Users and Computers and create the user, pass etc...Then I go into that newly created user and edit the the profile to go to my server where I want the new profile to be stored eg: \\server\profile\%username%. I then go to my computer, user profiles and copy the settings I want imatated to the same directory as above \\server\profile\%username%. I then log the user on to make sure it is working, on a windows 2000 Professional workstation that is part of the domain...log on the user and it CREATES a new profile path on C:\Documents and Settings\user\ instead of refereing to the \\server\profile\user i previously created.

I can not figure out why it does not refere to the profile path I have created/specified and makes the new directory...any suggestions would be helpfull, Thanks

-Saber-
 

A:Roaming/Mandatory user profiles.

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Hey, I am having trouble finding how to create roaming profiles in Vista. I am a Computer/Networking novice and I just practice at home. I have 1 desktop PC and 1 laptop PC and both are connected to my network. I was wondering if there was a way to make it so that my desktop will act as a server and I can log on to my desktop from my laptop using the same profiles that I have in the desktop. I am mediocre at computer technology and I am trying to get my feet wet here in networking. I know XP had User Profile Roaming and I know vista has folder redirection service and profile roaming but I can't seem to figure out how. I want to know if I can do what I want to do and still use my desktop as a regular desktop computer. Any help would be appreciated. Help out a beginner here!

A:Roaming User Profiles in Vista

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hello folks ,

currently we have a forest A where citrix VDI solutions are implemented and users are configured (via GPOs) to use roaming user profiles and folder redirect which are all stored in a fileserver cluster. we are doing a crossforest migration to forest B using
ADMT and native exchange scripts. the goal is we want a migrated user(forest B) to log on Remote desktop session host on old domain (forest A) and access their user profiles and folders which is still on fileserver on forest A. all users are migrated with
sidhistory.

i have configured GPOs in new forest to configure roaming profiles and folder redirections to point to the same location (fileserver in forest a) . also enabled policy allow cross-forest policy and roaming profiles. still when a migrated user logs in (forestB\user)
i receive an error ,failed to locate roaming profile and local copy is used.

how can we achieve this scenario , i though that because sid history is migrated ,that the migrated user will have the same permissions to access profile and folders as the source user is (forest A\user).

also if i need to migrate roaming user profiles and folders of forest A to a new file server in the new forest (forest B) , how to translate or map forest B users to access these profiles ?

apperciate your help

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Hello,

I have a rather unique setup here where I would like to be able to point domain user's roaming profiles to a local account on a Windows 7 PC. Would anyone know how to do this?

We have many computers here, all with a local user called "PE" for profile editor, which I would like to make the standard profile for people logging in. The systems are all locked down with a program called DeepFreeze, which means that no changes would be saved locally at all. Right now PE is set as the default user, so every time someone logs into a computer here, it copies the PE profile to their new profile. However with all the software we have, this profile is around 100 MB in size, which leads to login times of about 2 minutes.

My hope is that I can slim this login time down by implementing this:

1. User logs on with domain credentials

2. Because they have a roaming profile set up to point to C:\Users\PE, they are able to get right in with very little login time. Now they get on quickly and have access to their allotted network storage space.

3. When they log off, the computer will restart and will be back to a fresh image.

Step 2 is the one that I am unsure of how to implement. Does anyone see a way this could work? Thanks for your help.

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Hello folks

I always used "switch to other user" when I left my laptop behind for a while (i.e. when I was going to sleep or leaving the house). As I never turn off my laptop (barely never), the point is that I don't want to get people to use my laptop without my permission browsing through my files etc. It's not like I've got something to hide, I just don't want it.

It used to work before, without making the internet disconnect. I made sure that Windows is not configured to turn off the network card when idle for some time.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance - Joris (my real name)

A:switching between user profiles makes wlan disconnect

Welcome Joris

Are you using a router?
If so make sure that you have the most current updates.
Are you wireless?

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Hi Guys,

I had this issue:when the fast user switching is disabled and someone already login to the computer, I can not unlock or switch to another user to login. Only thing I can do is power off.( I don't have that user's password to unlock the computer).
Can please advise is there anyway do unlock the computer without power off?

Thank you.
 

A:How to switch user when fast user switching is disabled?

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Hello,I got some tips a couple of months ago on tweaking your pc. I did alot of tweaks and guess what? Silly me I didnt back up the REGISTRY!!!!! I also installed Windows Transformation Pack 6. This is what happens when I try to go to Control Panel> User Accounts, and try to click the 3 tabs under "Learn About" . automation server cant create object Now these tabs have crosses next to them So I must of disabled a service or something? I can create accounts. but I gotta log out, and log in other one. I cant quickly switch over while having 2 or 3 accounts logged in at the same time. When I try to switch users, it doesn't do it. Please help!Thanks.

A:User Accounts & Fast User Switching

I believe that if the Terminal Service isn't started then fast user switching isn't available.To start the Terminal Service, go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools and click on Services. Right click on Terminal Service and select Properties. Make sure the startup type is set to Automatic.Also, see this Microsoft article on fast user switiching.

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I have a problem with Fast User Switching. When I click it from the start menu, if I do it very soon after I log on it seems to work, but then if I do it (even if I don't touch the computer or open any other programs), it stops working after a few mins.

I usually activate Fast User Switching by using the keyboard shortcut WINKEY + L if this helps.

I have tried disabling fast user switching, and found that the Lock Computer option DOES work. Re-enabling fast user swithcing makes the problem occur again.

Thanks for any help you can offer.
 

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The option for fast user switching dis-appeared from the shutdown, logon/logoff menu. How do I replace that option in to the menu of options listed there?

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I would first recommend uninstalling your current video drivers as they may have become corrupted. Then install the latest version available from the manufacturer of the video chipset (ATI, nVidia, Intel, etc).

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Ok, so I did a few googles and tried a few things but didn't get anything.

I don't usually require it but when my mother comes to visit she often wants to use the computer so it is alot simpler to give her a guest account than having to stash all my, *ahem* questionable material, inc. bookmarks, google sentence finishing thingy, cookies, yadda yadda . Last time she came I just used a different profile for firefox but I want the guest thing just to be safe as I also have a cluttered desktop with stuff I would preferably not have to sift through and hide.

Can I still just have admin as the one i use passworded and the guest one unpassworded? I read that you should have yet another one for user switching.

Anyhow I also tried making another login account for myself and that didn't work either.

The problem was firstly that it would not stop at the welcome screen and go right into my account. I sort of fixed that by making a password for my account but it wasn't working right still. When logging it came up with the windows bell thing and a box which would disappear. I thought it had hung each time until I figured out I could alt-tab back to this box which informed me I could not log on with such and such password and then it takes me to the welcome screen where I can then logon.

Anyway that sort of fixes the logging thing but still I don't get the fast user switching option. It will be very tedious and pointless having to restart the computer each... Read more

A:Why can't I do fast user switching in XP?

Go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Change the way users log on or off. Choose "Use Fast User Switching" there.

Also make sure you have the service "Fast User Switching Compatibility" set to Automatic.
 

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Alright, this is my second time coming back to you guys because the first time we didnt get this solved, so heres my issue.

On a clean restart, the first person to log in can log-in fine. But once they switch users, the next user to sign on will click their name, and then the background of the first person who logged in flashes, then it goes back to the login menu. only the first person who logged in can keep going on without logging off, or restarting the computer. the only way another person can access the computer is to log off the first person, or restart the computer.

hope i can get this fixed!

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hmm, weird..do you have your XP cd? i would just re-install windows..most likely would fix the problem your having

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hi i have had this problem since installing the new nvidia drivers for my system and also since installing the Alienguise Theme Suite.

MY logon screen automatically chaged to classic logon when i installed these apps. and i cant change it back. when i try to change this in user accounts. a error window comes up telling me that i must uninstall an application that has recently disabled this feature. it tells me that a file related to this application which is responsible for this is called RtlGina2.dll

anyone able to help me sort this out?
Kind Regards, Veraedon

A:Fast User Switching

Hi...

have you tried searching for that file on your pc...rtlgina2.dll? Its location may give you more of a clue on how to fix it.

Also, have a look in services.msc to make sure the Fast User Switching service is set to automatic or manual and is running.

Hope that helps :-)

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I Need help to fix fast user switching on windows xp

A:Fast User Switching!

What's wrong with it?

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Is there a way to get rid of the screen that comes up when I type Win/L?

That's the one with the current user avatar and a Switch User button, it seems to serve no useful purpose, wasn't there on XP

Is there some way of making the User Account avatars more like those on XP?

I have week eyesight and I can't discern which avatar has focus when I use arrow keys, so I have to use the mouse. On XP it was much more obvious which UA had focus.

Is there some way to show the mail and process counts?

I found them useful on XP

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A:Fast User Switching

As far as I know, there isn't an 'XP version' of the locked screen. You can set it up to show a 'Press Ctrl+Alt+Del' screen though, if that'll do for you?

However, once you've press Ctrl+Alt+Del, it just shows you the current log-on screen.

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Im havin a problem with my mums pc, for some reason it wont allow the log off-switch user. Ive been to user account in control panel and ticked the 'use fast user swithing' but when i choose apply options it wont save it. im takin a guess at it bein another setting or registry entry. Anyone got any ideas??
 

A:Fast user switching (log off)

Start->Run-> services.msc
Maximize the Services window
Scroll down to Terminal Services
Double click on Terminal Services
Change Startup Type to Automatic
Then start it
Apply, ok, then close Services window

Now try user accounts logon settings again
 

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Every time I try to set my computer back to fast user switching I get an error telling me that because of a recent installation fast user switching will no longer function. It also gives me msgina.dll as an assist to track down the problem. The only msgina.dll file I've found is a system file for wxp media center edition. Any clues as to how I can fix this problem would be awesome. Thank you all.

A:Fast User Switching

I've recently seen some problems with the msgina file that relate to a router. Do you have a router, and if so, what kind?

As I recall there wasn't much of a solution for it short of uninstalling the router.

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Hi All.

I need a little help.
I have fast user switching enabled - I am not on a domain just network within my house for shared internet connection.
I have been trying to use the fast switching, since reinstalling windows XP media center 2005.

What happens: When I try to log on to an account, the screen flickers and goes back to the welcome screen.
I need to physically log off account before I can access the other account.
Also, windows updates are not working for me - when I try to update some of them, fail automatically.
I have repairs and reinstalled windows a few times now.

Anyone got any suggestions or help?

Thanks
Paulaboo2

A:Fast User Switching

Hello paulaboo2,If you performed a Repair Installation, you may be experiencing the problem described in the following posts:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=627033http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=654151

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I bought a used Dell Computer with Windows XP Pro installed. I tried changing the user login view to the fast user switching option, but when I tried to do so, the box was grayed out and I got the following error message:

"A recently installed program has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching. To restore these features, you must uninstall the program. The following file name might help you identify the program that made the change: MSGINALL."

How can I fix this problem?

*** mod edit, turned off smiles ***
 

A:Fast User Switching

the fix is here...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/836683
 

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All of a sudden I cannot fast user switch. Any ideas why?
 

A:Fast User switching failing

Fast User switching depends on Terminal services to run
 

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Hi------ In Services, other than Fast User Switching (set to automatic) is there any other service that would affect the Switch user function which is not working after I disabled a bunch of services.
 

A:WinXp Fast user switching

Fast User Switching depends on Terminal Services
 

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Hello there...
I'm running a Dell Vostro 460 with Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (64 bit). I have four users set up on the machine, two running as Administrators. I have a big issue when switching between users...

Primarily, I've lost fast user switching, so if someone checks their e-mail or something I lose everything running.

Secondly, after using Win+L to switch users, typing in the correct password removes the Signed in status underneath the user, and then resets the screen to a fresh log-in screen, where I need to retype the password to sign in successfully. This happens intermittently.

The only significant tweak I've made to the system is that I've disabled the Lock Screen using Group Policy Editor.

I've tried looking this up to now avail - does anyone have any suggestions as to what I need to look at/tweak?

All help gratefully received - this whole issue is damn annoying!
Sidney

A:Fast User Switching issues

Any help would be most welcome!

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A recently installed prog (PC Any 10.0) disabled the "
Welcome Screen" and "Fast user switching".

After uninstalling PC Any 10.0, the "fast User switching" returned.

How do I go about continuing to use PC Any and not have it disable XP functions such as “Fast User Switching”.
 

A:PC Any disabled Fast User Switching

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Wanting to migrate my student lab's to & this summer but need to find a way to "Disable" Fast User Switching - I see the advantage for the home user and maybe even a small office but for students who NEVER log off, I want the machines to run as fast and as clean as possible and NOT have multiple accounts logged in at the same time.
While I am familiar with the reg hack to hide the "switch user" button, this is also not an option since if a student logs in and locks the machine, there is no way for the lab instructors to log off the machine with their administrator credentials???? It simply asks for that users information and the only way around is to shut down or reboot the machine??
Did Microsoft miss this??? It may have been in Vista also but we skipped that OS and this will be a MAJOR headache for MANY network admins -
I hope I have missed something and look forward to anyone's advice on this and how they handle this scenario -

A:Fast User Switching for Domain PC's

Try this,

Lock and Switch User - Add or Remove - Vista Forums

The first thing you can do is disable the Lock function,
in the registry browse to the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Then create a a new DWORD (32bit value) name it DisableLockWorkstation
Change the value to 1 which disables the Windows Lock. (The change should be immediate)

From there you can disable the Switch User, from either Group Policy or in the registry..

Hope this Helps...

EDIT: I have just tested this on my Windows 7 computer and it works! I can't Lock the machine or switch users..

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Hey Everyone!

Ok, so two weeks ago, the temp IT guy came and messed with my computer. Before there were two "admin" users on the log in screen: myself and another person.

All of a sudden I get on the computer and I realize that the temp changed both accounts to limited. After logging on to the "hidden" admin account, I changed my account back to "admin" and kept the other one limited. However, now I don't have the option to "switch users"

I have literally tried everything and visited a bunch of forums with no luck! When I go into control panal and under user accounts, and try to click on the fast user switching button, and hit apply, it doesn't save the changes i made.

I have checked the computer services and both the terminal and fast user switching are running an on automatic. However, still not able to switch!

Please help! I have been going crazy for the past 2 weeks trying to figure this out!

Thanks!!
 

A:Fast User Switching on XP not working! :-(

Have you tried a system restore?
 

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I have XP SP3.
I also have the need to run multiple programs on different user accounts all logged in at the same time... is there any way I can get those programs (that are logged in on seperate accounts) to show up on the same user/session/whatever at the same time?
 

A:Fast User Switching Question

Not that I know of. Windows only lets you see one session at a time so you can only access them from the session they are running in.
 

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Ok, so I did a few googles and tried a few things but didn't get anything.

I don't usually require it but when my mother comes to visit she often wants to use the computer so it is alot simpler to give her a guest account than having to stash all my, *ahem* questionable material, inc. bookmarks, google sentence finishing thingy, cookies, yadda yadda . Last time she came I just used a different profile for firefox but I want the guest thing just to be safe as I also have a cluttered desktop with stuff I would preferably not have to sift through and hide.

Can I still just have admin as the one i use passworded and the guest one unpassworded? I read that you should have yet another one for user switching.

Anyhow I also tried making another login account for myself and that didn't work either.

The problem was firstly that it would not stop at the welcome screen and go right into my account. I sort of fixed that by making a password for my account but it wasn't working right still. When logging it came up with the windows bell thing and a box which would disappear. I thought it had hung each time until I figured out I could alt-tab back to this box which informed me I could not log on with such and such password and then it takes me to the welcome screen where I can then logon.

Anyway that sort of fixes the logging thing but still I don't get the fast user switching option. It will be very tedious and pointless having to restart the computer eac... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Why can't I do fast user switching in XP?

Switch User is on the Log Off menu, not the Shut down/Turn off computer menu. Do you have the Log Off button on the start menu? It may have been disabled.

To stop the auto logon to your account:
Disable Autologon

Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type control userpasswords2, press Enter
Check the Box Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
(If already checked, uncheck it, click Apply, then check it)
Click OK

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This is a reopening of this subject. I've read the posts in the closed thread, and tried the solutions there, with no luck.

Fast user switching quit working for me. No doubt I did something to cause this, but I can't identify it.

I can't switch users at all -- I have to log off one user before I can log on another.

I ran services.msc and set Terminal Services to automatic (it was manual), but when I try to start the service I get error 1083 - Executable program that this service is configured to run in does not implement the service. I set Fast User Switching service to automatic (it also was manual) but when I try to start the service I get error 1068 -Depending service or group failed to start.

Under Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Change the way users log on and off , Fast user switching is checked. However, if I uncheck it, and Apply, it doesn't make any difference. I still have to log off to switch users.

Any help appreciated.
 

A:fast user switching problem in XP

Please try to follow the microsoft kb article id: 910337 and 905999 for the complete troubleshooting steps of Error 1083 and 1068.
 

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What I would like is to have the need for passwords to be entered on initial login, but not when switching users. Is this possible?

A:Fast user switching without password

Hello Forkboy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but no. You will either have to enter passwords at all log in screens, or remove the passwords for the user accounts to not have to enter passwords.

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hello to all..i am new here but have found this site very helpful and i want to thank you in advance for any info regarding my problem. this problem is really affecting my friends pc which is running win xp home on a compact laptop, he has spyware sheriff malware on his pc and after using SMITFRAUDFIX his fast user switching ability started to malfunction...where he now has to log off before another user can get in...any help with this problem will be appreciated Mod Edit: Topic moved to more appropriate forum ~ Animal

A:Can't Use Fast User Switching After Using Smitfraudfix

I have not heard of the smitfraudfix causing this type of problem so it may be something else.Go to Start > Run and type: services.mscIn the Services Window that opens, scroll down to "FastUser Switching Compatibility" and try activating the service manually again.If that does not work, then check the registry. This may require making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to do this on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable.Go to Start > Run and type: regeditNavigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AllowMultipleTSSessionsMake sure the Value Data is set to 1Value Data: (0 = Disable Fast User Switching, 1= Enable)If that does not work, then chances are malware still exists on your machine and may be responsible. If that's the case its time to have a deeper look as to what's going on with your system by creating a hijackthis log. This will help us to identify and remove the malware files responsible for your problems.Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log.When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, not here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts.It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy. Pl... Read more

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I log on as administrator. When I try to switch to my wife's account (the only other one) it starts logging on but freezes. It doesnt complete, and the only thing you can do is ctr-alt-del and log her back off. I noted that norton ghost was not loading properly so I disabled the tray icon using msconfig, but the problem remains even when the tray icon doesnt load up, so I think something else is the problem. Has anyone had anything similar? What could be causing this? If I log off, then log on as her, it's fine - the problem is when we use the switch users command. The problem, I think, started when I updated my via drivers after having problems with one of my sata drives (I am NOT running any kind of raid array).

Here's my setup:
3.2ghz intel
msi PT8 neo-v board
2x512mb ddr ram
GeForce FX 5900XT
win xp pro.

I've scanned for spyware, degragged and eliminated viruses as the problem.

Give me a shout if there is any more info that you need!

Atrac.
 

A:Fast user switching problem

atrac said:

I log on as administrator. When I try to switch to my wife's account (the only other one) it starts logging on but freezes. It doesnt complete, and the only thing you can do is ctr-alt-del and log her back off. I noted that norton ghost was not loading properly so I disabled the tray icon using msconfig, but the problem remains even when the tray icon doesnt load up, so I think something else is the problem. Has anyone had anything similar? What could be causing this? If I log off, then log on as her, it's fine - the problem is when we use the switch users command. The problem, I think, started when I updated my via drivers after having problems with one of my sata drives (I am NOT running any kind of raid array).

Here's my setup:
3.2ghz intel
msi PT8 neo-v board
2x512mb ddr ram
GeForce FX 5900XT
win xp pro.

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Hi Atrac,

If you create a "dummy" account (just some generic local user account) log onto it once, then log off and log back on as Administrator and try to switch to the dummy account, does the same problem occur?

I only ask because it would rule out your wife's User profile as being the source of the problem.

Also, do you have Service Pack 2 installed?
 

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My wife and I have been using fast user switching on out computer for years with no problem. Beginning a few months ago, I started Win XP Prof one day I get to the welcome screen with no user names displayed. I then press Alt+Ctrl+Del twice and type in the username and then am able to login to Windows with an account of owner. When I go to user accounts in Control Panel I get the error message cells.item(...) is null or not an object. When I go to computer administration and then local users and groups there are no users listed under users but the groups are listed. I have done system point restores and imports of exports of the registry I take with export. I have tried everything under safe mode and it makes no difference. This followed a Microsoft update the night before as I left the computer on. I tried to do a restore point but all my restore points were corrupt. I was working with a fellow from Microsoft and he had me do all kinds of things but to no avail. He seems to think a DLL file is corrupt but which one? Finally in desperation he sent me a new OS XP Prof SP3 disk and I installed it and it wiped my hard drive. Luckily I took an Acronis Image backup first so I easily restored my system. This has been going on for months,, I need help. Thanks - Johnny

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I am using XP Pro (Corporate edition I believe) and wish to enable fast user switching. However, whenever I go into the options to do so, it automatically changes back after I push apply settings. I have turned offline files off. Any help? Thanks.

A:I cannot enable fast user switching.

It may be a network client or service that's installed. For instance at work I use Novell, so all pc's have the Novell client installed, which blocks Windows from using the welcome screen and the fast user switching.

do you really need it? past experience is that you end up with several people left logged on, and a pc that's running quite a bit slower as a result...

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I have a problem with IE and fast user switching. I am using windows xp home. The problem occurs when more than on user tries to log into IE. There are 4 users on the pc. If one logs into IE it seems to work fine. If I switch user and try to log on I get a runtime error. Also being and old windows 98 user I am still used to using windows explorer to find files and if one user is on IE. windows exp will not open for the second.
I posted this problem on the hijack this forum thinking that it might be a malware problem but it was not. The computer is malware free.
I have tried SFC and Registering the IE dll's with no success.
Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide. stroh

A:IE and Fast User Switching Problems

Hi...

Do you have a firewall? If yes, does it support Fast User Switching?

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Hi all,

We've got 4 user accounts set up on our XP Pro machine, but only two of them can ever be logged on at once... when we try a third, it acts like it's gonna load but dumps back to the Welcome screen. We have 1.25 GB of RAM and a 1.6 GHz processor, and it worked before but not now.

I've noticed other issues... like when we try to logoff sometimes it hangs on "saving your settings" or just displays the desktop wallpaper and forces us to reboot. I am thinking these issues are related. I made a seperate post about this one earlier but never got it resolved.

Anyone have any ideas???
 

A:Problems with Fast User Switching....

There is really no reason to have more than one acct logged in at a time in my thinking. Two, maybe. There really is no reason to have 3 or more. That means you have all start up programs running 3 times. Plus any other programs the individual user has open. With a 1.6 P4 it sounds like you might jsut be running into a barrier. You can put all the memory you want in a slow computer and it won't make it fast.
 

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Message:
I have a problem using my Windows XP 'Fast User Switching' feature; everytime I connect to the internet [dial-up] and then attempt to switch users I lose my internet connection every time.......I suspect that perhaps the problem is w/ my ISP's [PeoplePC] proprietary software, because previously when I used the Dial Up Networking [DUN]feature in Windows XP w/ my former ISP, the 'Fast User Switching' feature worked just fine and no disconnects, however I MUST use PeoplePC's proprietary software [Version 6.1] included on their setup cd to connect and surf the net. I am not able to connect by simply using Windows XP Dial Up Networking, which would resolve the issue.



Here's one for you tech gurus.........any help would be much appreciated!!!!!!

A:Fast User Switching Issue

hello and welcome to techsupportforum.

please post a question in one area only.

i have put your other two identical posts in the trash.

if you aren't sure which is the best section for a particular question, just pick which one seems best, if it's in the wrong spot, we will move it for you.

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Im operating many windows vista user accounts, and switching between them is just pain and slow.

Im using windows+L buttons shortcut, but its still pretty slow.

Is there any way how to switch straight away from account to account? For example by making some command icon on desktop for each account, that would get me straight there. Or anything else you can think of and is faster than what im using ?

Also any tips, what to cut down in vistas to make whole process faster? I mean some tweaks that would affect exactly my problem.

Thanks
 

A:Fast user account switching

Well you can create a shortcut on your desktop but using WinKey + L seems faster to me. I don't know of any way to directly switch it another user. Wouldn't makes sense considering most accounts should be password protected. I am sure this is something MS would never code because the security community would scream bloody murder over it.

This works on my XP Pro computer but I do not know if it works on XP home or Vista Premium because they don't have terminal services.
http://www.theworldofoffice.com/xp-tips-tricks/create-desktop-shortcut-fast-user-switching/
Vista link. There is an update to his story at the bottom for a program to do it on Vista.
UPDATE 2: For your convenience: I’ve compiled the above and packaged it into a ZIP along with the source for download here.Click to expand...

http://blog.dotsmart.net/2008/01/17/shortcut-to-switch-user-in-windows-vista/
 

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I recently replaced my 1920x1200 display with a 2560x1440, and it seems that since then whenever I do a Fast User Switch from the intial user logon to a 2nd (both Admins), when I logoff User2 and switch back-again to the original user profile, certain of the gadgets and desktop icons move, those at the bottom of the desktop and below/right also. Although I'm not certain they necessarily move PRECISELY in alignment with a 1920x1200 desktop, that of course is what I suspect (suppose I use use a measuring tool to determine this exactly).

I have been to-the-moon-and-back trying things, including checking Device Manager for a hidden 2nd monitor (there is none), updating/checking Graphics drivers (this is an Intel DH67GD with HD2000 onboard graphics, W7HPx64), searching the Registry for appearances of the old 1920x1200 resolution, setting both desktops to the same theme, unchecking "allow themes to change icons", setting icons the same size, etc. etc. ad nauseum, to no change. What is further interesting is that if I logon originally to User2, and then fast-switch to User1 and then log-off User1, then User2's desktop is changed. So this problem occurs in "either direction". But it does NOT occur if I LOGOFF then logon again to the other user--it ONLY occurs when fast-switching such that the first user is still logged-on.

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A:Desktop changes, but only after Fast User Switching

Well I seem to know how to "stump the stars" around here don't I. OK well my workaround is "don't do it" (Fast User Switch) i.e. log OFF and then log ON every user every time.

I've also set-up my Firefox profile on the main user profile so I don't have to switch to the other for surfing...

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Hi,

Is there any way to automate Fast User Switching on Windows XP?

Say, there are 2 users, user1 and user2. How can I automate the switching procedure to user2?

Thanks,
Haku
 

A:Automatic Fast User Switching

I'm not quite sure what you mean here... do you want to create a shortcut that will automatically switch over to user2 when you click it or what?

Although I have it disabled, I was under the impression that fast user switching was already pretty automated; just 2 or 3 clicks right?
 

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I don't know why, but for whatever reason the "Fast User Switching" option on my computer does not seem to work. I am running XP and don't really know a ton about computers, but what happens is that I go into the control panel, check the box that says to "enable fast user switching, hit apply after, but as soon as I go back in, the box is unchecked again for no apparent reason.
 

A:Fast User Switching Problem

Hi,

Do either of these apply?

Only users with a computer administrator account on a computer can turn on or turn off Fast User Switching.

Fast User Switching cannot be turned off while multiple users are logged on to the computer.
 

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Hi

Just set up a few accounts for my family on my Vista SP1 Ultimate machine: myself as Admin, rest as users. When I try and Fast Switch (or even log off from one account and try to open another) I get the correct background, but sidebar and systray don't load and, mousing over the Start button, the mouse turns to busy still indicating activity. What's going on??

Thanks
Simon
 

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Hi,

My comupter has of it's own accord disabled fast user switching and changed the welcome screen. If i try and change it back i get the following error message:

A recently installed programme has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching. To restore this feature you must uninstall the programme. The following file name may help you identify the program that made the change: C:\WINDOWS\System32\BCMlogon.dll

I have no idea what may have been installed (I haven't installed anything, and my McAfee and Adaware haven't picked anything up).

Can anyone help me?

A:Fast User Switching has disabled

Well I've never encountered this problem myself, but after a little research there are a couple of possible solutions: (attempt these solutions in order, they go from least intrusive, to most intrusive)

1). IF you have a BroadCom wireless network card and have it set to Manage your wireless settings & Authenticate prior to Windows Login.

Simply right-click on the utility in your Task Manager and click Open Utility.

Click on Wireless Networks, and click on Properties for each Preferred Network.

Ensure that "Authenticate prior to Windows Login" is unchecked.

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If that does not work:

2). * Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT
* Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon
* Backup the key by exporting to a file.
* In the right pane, right-click GinaDLL, and then click Delete. (You need to remove the whole value, not just its Value Data)
* Close Registry Editor

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Hey all. I run a Windows XP SP3 system, and after several failed attempts to install brand new RAM (it turned out to be faulty), my windows installation became corrupted so badly that a repair install couldn't fix it. I gave up before discovering that fact, and had it sent to a repair shop. They pretty much just installed a new copy in C:\WIN.NEW without removing the old one (they figured I could do it easily enough). However, after getting it back, I noticed that the Fast User Switching feature was no longer working. After clicking Switch User or pressing Windows+L, it would return to the Welcome Screen as normal. Then, after clicking on another account, it would kick the user straight back to the Welcome Screen. I soon fixed it, after some Internet research, I found that Terminal Services was not running. downloaded a quick fix for it, which did fix it for a time... then I began to notice small errors appearing one after another (I'd get frequent "Aw, Snap" pages in Google Chrome almost all the time after running the computer for more than 15 minutes, various errors stating that "soandso.dll is not a valid Windows image" associated to various programs like Windows Live Messenger, Adobe Photoshop, etc.)
After getting ticked off about this, I did a repair installation of Windows XP from a disc obtained from said repair shop about a year ago. Following that, I hurriedly updated AVG Free antivirus and Malware Bytes Anti-Malware, then had them both do thoro... Read more

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