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Switching user problem

Q: Switching user problem


Newbie here, I hope this is the right place for this post, if not I apologize. The problem I am having is that I tried to installed Office 2007 the other day and Outlook was unresponsive. All other office programs worked fine. I un-installed office 2007 and reloaded Office 2003. Now everything works fine when I am logged into XP. The problem is that when my wife logs into her profile, no programs work and the computer locks up and has to be rebooted. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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We are running XP Pro and recently a yellow window will come up when I try to switch users. It says "Attention Signal Frequency is out of Range"
"Please change signal timing"

And then the computer locks up.

What the heck do I do about that??

Thanks for any help,

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A:Switching User problem

Thats a problem with your video adapter and it could be because the user you are trying to change to has set the video settings outside the range of the software or your monitor. Try rebooting in Safe Mode and changing the video settings for that user. If you suspect a game may have made those settings then uninstall that game. Failing that you may need to uninstall the drivers for your video adapter and then reinstall them again.
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I have reinstalled widnows, but when I click switch user, it returns to the welcome screen as normal, but when I try and log into anotehr account, the screen either 1)Goes black with a flashing white cursor in the top left corner for a while before returning to the welcome screen or 2) Flashes blank and stays in the welcome screen

I Haven't got a clue what is causing this!
Appreciate any help given,
Richard John
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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 Fast user switching problem do is ctr-alt-del and log her Fast user switching problem back off I noted that norton ghost was not loading properly so I disabled Fast user switching problem 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 ghz intel msi PT neo-v board x mb ddr ram GeForce FX XT 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 nbsp

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.

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.Click to expand...
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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A:Switching user accounts problem

Fast User Switching won't work in every situation.

- The Welcome screen must be enabled.
- The computer must not be joined to a domain.
- Offline files must be disabled.
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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 switching problem user XP fast in 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 fast user switching problem in XP to automatic it was manual but when I try to start the service I get error - 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 -Depending service or group failed to start Under Control Panel - gt User Accounts - gt 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 nbsp

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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A:Fast User Switching Problem


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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I also recently uninstalled Norton Security as I was having the ccApp.exe shutdown problem.

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I have looked for many hours, but all the solutions do not work. There arn't that many. It seems like this a problem that not many have fixed.
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A:Windows xp fast user switching problem

Don't you have the option to just switch users as this would not log a user off(which would close everything) and instead it leaves them logged on and lets you select another user. I've had several programs/internet windows up and never had any problems with them closing just from switching users. Any further details you could provide would be wonderful, like do you have the option to switch users when you hit start -> shutdown?

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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.

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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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A:switching user

It sound like there might be some profile corruption. I don't know how? You can try creating a new profile or try renaming your old profile.

Right click on my computer- manage - Local users and groups-

Click (next to File) Action - new user- and create a new user.

You can also rename the old profile name here too.

If this is what you need you could always try a system restore.

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A:Switching between a user and another

If you choose the Lock option your account will remain signed on.
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A:switching user

fixed dont what she done but did system restore to yesterday and all ok
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My computer is not switching users.. When I click the Switch user button. nothing happens??

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A:Solved: Not switching user

This can be caused by any number of things. This may do the trick:

Disable Fast User Switching, then log off and log on as a limited user. Did anything happen?

If logon happened as normal: log off, then back on as an administrator. Click Start > Run > type in services.msc and press Enter.

In the list, double-click Terminal Services.
In Startup type, select Automatic, click the Start button then click OK.
Re-enable Fast User Switching then restart the computer.
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A:Faster user switching?

Hi Justinc,

The Windows + Spacebar does not work in Vista. The only way that I know of to speed things up is to remove the passwords for the accounts, but this is not a safe thing to do for security purposes.

You can also add a Lock Computer shortcut icon for your desktop. It is the same as Lock in the Start menu. Lock as a Switch User option when you click on it.
How to Create a Lock Computer Shortcut in Vista

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A:Issues with switching user.

Hello Darkstarr, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The tutorial below includes some other ways to switch users to help.
Lock, Log off, Restart, Shut Down, Switch User - Windows 8
It could be a video driver issue causing the displays to be reset and all windows to go to the main display instead of how they were.

In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens.

The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows, and when the user is selected on the sign in screen, times out, and returns to the lock screen. Each user is able to change their lock screen background image to an image of their choice.The default Lock screen image is the one that displays when there are no users currently signed in to Windows or selected on the sign in screen.

Lock Screen Default Background Image - Change in Windows 8

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

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A:user switching on windows 7

Hi Simona... Welcome to SevenForums. Take a look at this link Fast User Switching . It will show you how to disable switch user.
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A:User switching malfunction

restore fast user switching, try the reg fix there

line 34 left hand side

or read here

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A:BSOD after switching User

Hi Vaughan65.

Checked the crash dump, and it does not indicate anything specific.

As it is not causing any more problem, it might be considered as just a glitch and can be negleted for the time being. If the BSODs continue to occur, then take it seriously.

BTW, during last December some BSODs were caused by NetgearUDSMBus.sys, Netgear NetUSB MasterBus. Try to update it. Also update ASMedia XHCI Controller.

If the BSODs continue to occur, upload the crash dumps.
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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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A:fast user switching

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There was a similar thread with no conclusion:

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A:user switching disables itself

Maybe the Fast User Switching Service is screwed up.

Go Start>Run>type "services.msc" w/o quotes. Find Fast User Switching Service. It should be set to Automatic. If it is, stop the service if it is running, then restart it. If it is stopped, start it.

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A:Fast User Switching


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.

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A:BSOD when switching user

There are no minidump file within that zip file, can you follow these instructions and reupload your dump files:
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A:Fast User Switching

the fix is here...
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A:Switching everything to a new user account

If you attempt to migrate all of your program settings you could potentially find that you migrate the problems as well. Switching things to the new account however:

Programs typically do not need to be transferred at all. They are installed independently of any single user, stored in the program files folder. At most you will have to create a shortcut to the programs you need on the desktop of your new user account.

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A:UAC switching the user's passwords?

Never heard of that happening before...
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A:fast user switching

hmm, you have your XP cd? i would just re-install windows..most likely would fix the problem your having
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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.
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A:Fast User Switching

Hello paulaboo2,If you performed a Repair Installation, you may be experiencing the problem described in the following posts:
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THANK you IAN27766

A:switching user problems, needs help plz

Hello ian27766,

Welcome to the forums.

Have your daughters ever gotten logged in to their accounts? The first time they log on, Windows will take a little time to build the desktop, etc. Shouldn't take too long though. Are they able to log in from boot up?

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A:Switching To User Admin.

I'm sorry, but in XP the "Admin" account is only available in Safe Mode (a user account can have admin privileges, but this is not the same as the "Admin" account).
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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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A:switching user accounts

Hello gemma6689,

Go to the following site and run #34

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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?

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A:Fast user switching (log off)

Start->Run-> services.msc
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We are administrators on the local machine but don?t know how to log off the user.
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We only want 1 user at a time to log on the the client machines but also need to be able to log them off if we need to service the machine.

A:Log off user with "Fast User Switching" enabled

Quote: Originally Posted by kenboy

We are in a domain environment.
We want to disable "Fast User Switching" on our Windows 7 client machines.
We know how to do that, but how do you log off a user who has locked the machine AND the machine has "Fast User Switching" enabled.
We are administrators on the local machine but don?t know how to log off the user.
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Surely you can log them off from the server.

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

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A:comp switching user accounts

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and

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A:Fast User Switching has disabled

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

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon
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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.

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A:Taskbar Pause (35 Sec) After Switching User

Hi Garmanma.

I Only added the Hijackthis log for completeness. someone was bound to ask for it.

I don't think this is a security / malware / spyware issue. So now I think my post is in the wrong forum.

Shall I repost the question without the hijackthis log?
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A:Automatic Fast User Switching

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A:Desktop changes, but only after Fast User Switching

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Apparantly and driver problem. Driver verifier may be able to tell us which one
Driver Verifier
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A:Blue Screen when switching user

Try this out:

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

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Previous behaviour in Windows 7: I could leave an internet radio station playing on VLC for example and allow my partner to switch to her account we could still hear the audio playing.

I am aware that switching users in Windows 8.1 required me to apply the registry hack available in the tutorials.

Since MS might not have wanted to give us the opportunity to switch user as a default - making us sign out every time - it made me wonder if this is the reason the audio switches off.

But then again I can still leave a download running in my account and switch user and then when I return to my account the download has completed, so clearly activity is still occurring on the other account.

Any ideas how I can keep the audio going without having to run a new instance of a player in the switched account to continue listening?

Best wishes.

A:switching user turns off audio

Welcome to the forum!

Are they the same type of accounts as in Local or Microsoft? Don't know if that would make a difference but maybe.

Also is the default audio playback set the same in both?
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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?

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A:Fast User Switching issues

Any help would be most welcome!
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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.
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Do you have a firewall? If yes, does it support Fast User Switching?
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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.

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


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.
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...
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I have done the gpedit.msc (policies/templates "hide entry points for fast user switching" which is disabled.

I have also added a registry HideFastUserSwitching. These two tips are offered in a few places.

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A:switching user profile in registery

I'm not sure whether this is what you're after, but I'll post the link nevertheless: How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7 | Windows7hacker

More information here: About User Profiles (Windows)
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A:Taskbar Pause (35 Sec) After Switching User

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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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A:Fast User Switching Issue

hello and welcome to techsupportforum.

please post a question in one area only.

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Hello guys

I am having a problem, I installed windows xp home, and set up 4 accounts, all admin privaleges.

I want to enable the user switching so that you can switch users without logging off, but it wont run.

I have tried the user accounts "change the way users log on or off" and it does not work.
I have also tried the MSKB Fix and again it does not work.

I have not connected to a the internet yet, this is a fresh install of WinXp home
There is no other software installed yet either (no point in going forward of this isnt working)

If I click Switch users, it blinks then sends me to my desktop again, not the users I chose. This happens in all 4 user accounts.
Thanks in advance.

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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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Since I feel like it's pretty self-evident that I want to switch users, I feel like that extra screen is unnecessary and irritating and it makes me want to break my laptop in half. Is there another shortcut key, or is there a way I can change my settings so that when I Windows Key + L it, I get to the user accounts directly, rather than yet another screen asking me if I'm sure?


A:Switching from one user account to another efficiently.

Hi mlehcar and welcome to W7 Forums

That key combination takes you to the lock screen. It is possible to navigate from there and switch to other accounts, however you can always create a shortcut by following the instructions here: Switch User Shortcut - Create If you place this shortcut on the Public Desktop (which, as its name implies, is available for everyone), you should be able to switch accounts by simply clicking on the shortcut.