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Unlock workstation without closing session

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sue_brighton, Apr 14, 2004.

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  1. sue_brighton

    sue_brighton Thread Starter

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    For WinNT, Win2000, and WinXP, when a workstation is locked, nobody but the person who locked that station (not even an admin) can unlock the station. When an administator tries to unlock the station, the session will close immediately shutting down all the applications that are currently running on the system. This often poses a problem for us. We often see yellow stickies asking people not to touch the system. Shutting down someones system is simply not an option.

    This does not make any sense to me! This, in effect gives a regular user more power than an administrator who should have absolute control over the system.

    Ideally, as an administrator, I would like to be able to truely unlock the system. That is, unlock the system without closing the session.

    Anyone know how or even if this is possible?

    Sue
     
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    That's a security feature. You would need the user's password to unlock without closing everything.
     
  3. sue_brighton

    sue_brighton Thread Starter

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    Hi cybertech

    Thanks for you feedback. I do think that I may have found a solution though.

    Although I have not found a way of doing this using the OS itself I have found a third party app that does pretty much what I want to do.

    The Transparent Screen Lock (which locks your system either in Transparent mode where you can still see the screen or blanks the screen) can be set to be unlock by the user or an Administrator. When the system is unlocked the user's session is perserved.

    Anyone have any experience with this product? Any feedback would be nice.

    You can find more info on this product at
    http://www.e-motional.com/tscreenlock.htm

    Sue
     
  4. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    Looks like a cool product. Let me know if you choose it and like it.
     
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