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Solved: New problem - Switch User

Q: Solved: New problem - Switch User

Now my switch User is not working. I can log out but i can not switch user. Any suggestions anyone?


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I use windows 7.
When I turn on laptop (acer Aspire 5742) cannot connect to internet until I switch user and log in again. Soon as I touch any browser icon the rest of computer stops responding as well. It's only me on computer. Have virgin media security/ spyware/ virus protection. Tried CCleaner. After I switch user everything is fine.
Additional info; On 16th October had great difficulty getting my emails from Yahoo. Sometimes sign-in box appeared without my security signature and different style of writing for browser remembered log-on details.



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Everytime I switch users it automatically logs in to my brothers user name which is very frustrating, any way to change it?

A:Switch User Problem.

Hello adz3d,

One method that would stop this would be to create a password for your brother's account. Afterwards, it will no longer auto sign-in to the account. This would be the recommended method.
Another method is to use step 1 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to always have all users displayed on the sign-in screen to prevent this. However, if you click on your brother's icon, it will still sign into it without having to enter a password since it's not password protected as recommended above.

Sign in - Show All Users or Last User in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
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For me, I have 4 accounts on my computer. I am the administrator. When I switch user to log onto another account, I click the name, and the screen blinks for a second, and brings me back to the Welcome Screen.

Any ideas?


A:switch user problem

Can you login to any accounts? Do allo the accounts do the same? How much RAM do you have? I think there is a requirement, something like if you don't have 128Mb RAM FREE (not total) then the fast user switching functions won't work.

Does this help at all?

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whenever i go to start - log off - switch user...

and it goes to the first windows screen where you see the list of users.. if i click on another user, it just turns black and nothing ever happens. i went to the control panel and changed it so you can do fast use switching, and i think mcafee security center doesnt like that, because i have to set it to allow the script change every time...

but it still doesn't work.
someone pleeeeease help!
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A:Fast user switch problem


Try getting into Safemode and use the Administrator Account
How to Start in Safemode

1. Restart your computer.
2. Before the windows logo you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode..
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A:Windows XP Switch User Problem

You need to do a virus scan. I have been fighting a trojan downloader that installs this and lots of other fun spyware on the computer. Norton does not see this as a virus, but every other AV program I have run does.

You may want to run an online virus scan. is the one I use. Make sure to click auto clean.

After removing the virus, I have had to run spyware removal tools to get the rest of the garbage off the machines that had this. I used spybot, ad-aware and microsoft AS to do this. Took all 3 to get it all.

I submitted this to Symantec and they called it spyware and would not update their defs to catch this. Avast did a great job of cleaning it up.
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A:Windows XP, Switch User Problem

Maybe the feature got disable, to enable it see:
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Hi rbringh

Welcome to the forums.

Have you checked the vendors website for a software/driver update?
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A:Fast Switch User Problem

Depending on the specs of your system, you may not have enough resources to use Fast User Switching (FUS). FUS keeps both profiles in memory when it's used - so you're using up twice the memory (and associated resources) when it's running.

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just noticed that im unable to switch user on my win xp pro machine.
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Is there a way to get my 'switch user' option to work again?

appreciate all your responses...

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A:[SOLVED] Can't switch user

Hi colandj and welcome to TSF !

Have you installed some new program on both your computers ? Do you use some custom skin or desktop replacement utility ?

Read this information from Microsoft :
A discussion about the availability of the Fast User Switching feature

Make sure fast user switching is on :
How To Use the Fast User Switching Feature in Windows XP

Go to start => run and type services.msc. Check that the Terminal Services and Fast User Switching Compatibility Services are started.

Do you have the original XP CD ?
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A:Solved: I don't want to see Switch User

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A:Windows 7 login screen switch user button problem

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A:[SOLVED] Short keys to switch user in xp home ?

Turn on Fast User Switching
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A:Switch User does not permit additional user to be logged in


Take a look at this guide and see if Fast User Switching is enabled?
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Hello kc5hwb, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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A:[SOLVED] 3gb switch problem

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Do you understand the purpose of the setting?

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Welcome to Seven Forums.

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A:Switch User help

Can't think if anything off hand. Something needs to trigger it and of course you can set thing to run when you login by putting it in your startup folder. I don't know of any way to do it from coming out of hibernation or locked terminal.
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A:Switch User

Sometimes clearing the security log can fix this problem. Log into your computer as an administrator. Go Start > 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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Then I switch user and go in annother account when my other account is still running.

But when i log off the second account It gives the blue screen when windows shows "logging off" or whatever it says;

Can anybody help me?


A:Switch User

I see nobody has replied to you yet, but be patient, someone will soon help.

In the mean time it may help you, if your post your problem in a little more detail, i'm not sure I understand it.

I'm not an expert so I can't offer help, but if you do that you may receive it faster!
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Hello Joe,

If you mean the screen below, then the tutorial below can help show you how to change the default lock screen background image.

Lock Screen Default Background Image - Change in Windows 8

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I figured out the problem.... I turned off the program to let multiple users on a pc sorry if i wasted anyones time...
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Check in services.msc that Terminal Services is running and set to Automatic. If it isn't make the changes, and then try starting Fast User Switching :-)
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A:Can't switch user


Go to your Control Panel and then select User Accounts. Choose 'Change the way users log on or off' and ensure that 'Use Fast User Switching' is enabled in there. If it's grayed out, put a tick in 'Use Welcome Screen' first.

Hope that helps :-)
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Hello Gabriel,

It looks like "Switch User" was disabled. See if using step 3 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below may be able to enable it again for you. It's the same in Windows 8.

Fast User Switching - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
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A:Switch User / Lock

Quote: Originally Posted by ButchZ

I leave my PC on all the time and I was wondering which function to use to prevent unarthorized use while I was away.

My main concern is to still have Outlook 2010 send/receive email while the PC is secured.

Can I still send email automatically (appointments) in Outlook 2010 when I click on Lock or Switch User?

Not much information on this subject and not sure if this is the right category.

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You can lock the computer and still receive emails. You cant put it to sleep and get them. You cant send new ones (not yet composed) without unlocking.
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Press hotkey
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A:Switch User Issues

I'm clueless but sympathetic. Only posted to say that I think you should install SP3. Might not do a thing for your switch user problems, but it's a good update with significant security improvements. SP3 systems seem to be much more stable and malware free than lower service pack levels.

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A:Cant See adminstrator in switch user

I Trued:Cmd/net users administrator /active:yes(acces denied error 5)

Can't run this as standard user.

You have the same problem which I've just helped in this week:
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A:Can't switch user accounts

Hello Blancasadam, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if you may be able to fix this error message using the tutorial below.

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A:Switch User dissappeared!!

Quote: Originally Posted by orbitpluto

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64, afetr a recent update I have lost my 'switch user' option on the start button completely, I have two other users on the computer, I have deleted these accounts and then set them up again, still no joy.

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Please follow this tutorial :
excerpt .......
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I have searched the forum and found a few 'solutions' but none have worked. the problem i am having is that first of all there is no switch user listed in the start menu.

when i use the ctrl+alt+del option and use switch user it logs off whatever other user is logged on but before doing so it warns "another user is currently logged on to this computer. if you continue this user's windows session will end and any un-saved data will be lost. do you want to continue?"

i have used the gpedit.msc to try to fix this via the 'hide entry points for fast user switching' but that does not work. has anyone else figured out a fix for this microslop os issue and if so can you post a link?

A:Switch user - logs off!

Why are you doing it through the task manager? In the start menu, click the little arrow next to the shut down button and then click switch user.

"another user is currently logged on to this computer. if you continue this user's windows session will end and any un-saved data will be lost. do you want to continue?"

Yup, it's telling you that it's going to kick you off

Quote: Originally Posted by goyim

I have searched the forum and found a few 'solutions' but none have worked. the problem i am having is that first of all there is no switch user listed in the start menu.

when i use the ctrl+alt+del option and use switch user it logs off whatever other user is logged on but before doing so it warns "another user is currently logged on to this computer. if you continue this user's windows session will end and any un-saved data will be lost. do you want to continue?"

i have used the gpedit.msc to try to fix this via the 'hide entry points for fast user switching' but that does not work. has anyone else figured out a fix for this microslop os issue and if so can you post a link?
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I work in a large organisation where we have many domain user accounts... (duh)

I was in the process of setting up a PC using the local admin account, when I logged out and tried to log into the new users account.

Instead of 'Switch user' being underneath the account name I had 'Cancel'

I've done numerous Google searches and I have come across nothing like this.

I'm not currently situated at the machine so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
It is a vista enterprise SP1 machine

A:No Switch user option

Hello. sounds as if it is corrupted, Try setting up another one. If that fails . try the Hidden Admin account : Administrator Account Also, something to keep in mind. Vista OS's are using SP2 , that computer needs updating .