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Windows 7: Unlock computer when switch user is turned off?

31 Mar 2010   #1

win7 enterprise
 
 
Unlock computer when switch user is turned off?

How do you unlock a computer (Windows 7 Enterprise) that has been locked by the previous user and "Fast User Switching" has been turned off? A little more details:
The desktop reads, "Press Ctrl, Alt, Delete to unlock this computer" and below that its displays the user who is currently logged in and locked the computer. When you do press Ctrl, Alt, Delete to unlock the computer you are presented with an icon of the user account, the user's domain\username and a button labeled "Cancel."
There is also the button in the lower right corner for "Ease of Access."
In this situation, how do you unlock that user account or log that user off?


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31 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

To unlock the account, you will need to type in the password.

To log on to a different account, click "Cancel".
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01 Apr 2010   #3

win7 enterprise
 
 
you didn't try what you are suggesting

Yes, typing the password would be obvious. However, I posted the question because I wanted to know how to do it if we don't have the password.
Pressing cancel just brings me back to the current "locked" user asking me for the password to unlock it because, as I stated in the first post, "Fast User Switching" is turned off. So there is no way to log on as a different user....at least that I can find.
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01 Apr 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I do not think there is an easy solution. If there were it would defeat the purpose.
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01 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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01 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

From the description of your issue this is in a domain environment and these settings have been installed by the system administrator. In this case the only one who can provide you with a solution is the said system administrator.

I apologize if you are the system administrator and this has occured accidentally but we must respect the right of the administrator of a system to control things the way they deem fit for there purposes.
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02 Apr 2010   #7

win7 enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I do not think there is an easy solution. If there were it would defeat the purpose.
There's always a workaround. System Admins are able to configure most items on a Windows box.
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02 Apr 2010   #8

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I agree that there is a way, but do not think that it will be easy. Just like using the computer when you forget your password, there is a way, but not easy.
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02 Apr 2010   #9

win7 enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I do not think there is an easy solution. If there were it would defeat the purpose.
Remember in XP, when a computer was locked an admin could simply enter their credentials? Then XP would remind them that the current user would be logged off and lose any unsaved data. Remember that process? How do you do that in Windows 7 without Fast User Switching?
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02 Apr 2010   #10

win7 enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Thanks for the suggestions...
The first one requires you to log in, so since the computer is locked that won't work. I don't want to change a password, just access the computer by unlocking it so we don't have to do a hard power down.

The second one is a nice tool, I'll use that in the future...but again, I don't need to change a password. I need to access the computer when someone else has left themselves logged in and the computer is locked.
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