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Solved: XP-styled lock (Start+L)?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Callum_Dawson, Feb 12, 2010.

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  1. Callum_Dawson

    Callum_Dawson Thread Starter

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    My network now runs on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, on an active directory domain. I hate how on the modern lock (Vista & 7) you can just click "Switch User", and login to another account. This is very inconvinient for going out of the room for a few minutes as another person could login and "steal the computer from you." Would there be any way (maybe by group policy) to set the lock to the old XP style where only an Administrator or the user themselves can unlock it?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Almost. Try clicking on Start, type "gpedit.msc" (no quotes) and press <Enter>

    Go to the following location:

    &#8226; Local Computer Policy > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

    &#8226; Set "Hide entry points for Fast User Switching to 'Enabled'"

    &#8226; Quit the Group Policy Editor.

    That will hide the "Switch User" button which has the effect that you want if not the actual policy.
     
  3. valis

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    actually, all you need to do is hit the windows key and the letter l. That will lock your pc.

    thanks,

    v
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    It will still show the "switch user" button on the login screen. This is what they are trying to avoid.

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  5. Callum_Dawson

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    On Group Policy Management (on my server) it has a root policy called "Default Domain Policy", if I enforce that, then do what Envandil told me, would that apply it to every domain workstation? It's enforced to "Authenticated Users", would this mean that if I got a new workstation I would have to login before the group policy takes effect? And finally, would it apply on startup if no "Authenticated Users" have logged in since the last boot?
     
  6. Elvandil

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    When else would you use it except when logged in?

    Is there a problem propagating it to all workstations?

    Why would it apply on startup? The purpose is to prevent users from pressing the button when you lock the station. There is no situation where it would be used on startup before users were logged in.
     
  7. valis

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    not on either my domain pc nor my stand alone pc. But then I've got them both to show the 'log-in' at welcome screen.
     
  8. Callum_Dawson

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    If your windows version =< Windows XP then it won't have a "Switch User" button, because it was introduced in Windows Vista.
     
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    What solved your problem?
     
  11. Callum_Dawson

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    I made a GPO for all the workstations, then enabled the object above.
     
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