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Fast user switching no longer working :(

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by -GSS-, Aug 18, 2005.

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  1. -GSS-

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    I recently toughened the security on my machine, which led to this problem. I'm using XP Home Edition with SP1 and various hotfixes (the problems don't lie here as these updates haven't disturbed anything). I heard about this forum from another website and am now posting here.

    But why is this? I use Sygate firewall and Avast! anti virus, and I've also got XP-Antispy, xplizer and safexp. I know it's stupid to have all those apps (other then the av/firewall), as they all do basically the same thing and conflict. I looked through all of these apps for any fast user switching-related options and I couldn't find anything of relation, so I can't see a solution here even though these apps are to make XP secure (fast user switching being a security issue). Reverting back to the default settings of these apps is of no use, either.

    When I go to control panel > user accounts > how users logon, I see that the fast user switching option is disabled. Fair enough, I enable it (checkbox). But when I go back to view that screen where that option is, the option is disabled.

    I'm adament the problem and thus solution lies somewhere with these programs as the problem started after these programs were installed and working fine. But the problem didn't start straight away since I installed these applications (a while ago).

    What else could it be? Nothing of help in TuneUp utilities 2004, either.

    Would sysrestore save me here? I currently have it detailed.

    P.S. does anyone know of any good apps that allow me to password protect as many folders as I like on XP? So everytime I access that folder, a PW is asked for (might make a seperate thread for this).

    Ta
     
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    Start > run > type services.msc and click ok.

    Find fast user switching compatibility and make sure it is not disabled.

    System restore could help.
     
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    Well I went into this service. The stattup type is on automatic (or should this be manual?), and it has not started. Service status: stopped.

    When I click start it attempts to start but then says:

    "Could not start the fast user switching compatibility on Local Computer.

    Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start."

    So I check the dependency tab. The depency is RPC. My attention thus obviously turns to RPC (I've heard all the problems about it). Both services are started.

    I also checked the apps I mentioned in my opening post to this thread - SafeXP, antixp-spy, XPLizer, etc. The only option of relation here was the "RPC Locator" option, which was disabled anyway.

    Any more ideas?
     
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    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    #34 Restore fast user switching

    To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.
     
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    That did the trick! Thanks a lot! (y) :) :)
     
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    Unfortunately, I now have a very similar problem. When I click to logout on XP, I get this dialogue box instead of the usual one:

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    I'm not sure what has changed for me to get this setting. How can I get standard logout dialogue box back?
     
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    In user accounts use the welcome screen must be checked in order to make the use fast user switching option available.

    If use fast user switching is already checked, uncheck it, click apply options. Now go back and recheck it and apply options again.
     
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    Didn't work unfortunately. When I check allow fast user switching and apply, the option goes back to being disabled once I check that screen aftewards. Use the welcome screen was always checked.
     
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    A long shot but go back to http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm and download
    #30 Windows XP doesn't save user settings. Apply it, then run the fast user switching regedit you downloaded earlier. Reboot.

    If that doesn't work, check through XP-Antispy, xplizer and safexp to see if there is anything concerning fast user switching.

    I have the other programs you mentioned and I didn't see anything about fast user switching.
     
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    Still to no avail I'm afraid. :(

    Can't find anything of relevance in either of those apps for myself either.

    Thanks for your help though! :) (y)
     
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    Enable Fast User Switching - Terminal Services Must Be Enabled. =RPC?

    Go to admin tools -> computer management -> services -> terminal services

    also in the same place is the "Fast User Switching Compatibility" service.
    (y)
     
  13. cooltrip

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    Thanks so much mike5532g, worked a treat. My computer has been suffering with that problem for so long and 3 minutes on this website and it's fixed. Cheers again (y)
     
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