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

02 Apr 2010   #11
orourkev

win7 enterprise
 
 
I found the answer

You can use terminal services to remote into the locked computer. In Win7 click Start and type mstsc in the search box. At the top of the start menu those very smae letters will appear with an icon. Highlight it and press enter. A dialogue box opens titled, "Remote Desktop Connection." Type in the name of the computer, your credentials and eventually you are reminded that a user is currently logged in. You are asked if you want to continue because that will log them off! Hurray.
This way you do not have to hard power down the system, which is a real time saver in our environment. Not to mention the stress it puts on the O.S. and hardware of repeated hard power downs. We have over 18,000 students on our district...that's alot of locked user accounts.


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02 Apr 2010   #12
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

why not just turn fast user switching back on? i appreciate its not what your asking but it would fix your problem,

failing that, nag said user who is causing the problem to log off when their finished
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11 May 2010   #13
hokieman91

Windows 7
 
 

Your problem is EXACTLY what I am trying to find a solution for - I want to deploy Win 7 in a lab where students from 8th grade to 12th will access it throughout the day. I MUST disable fast user switching since NONE of the students (or very few) take the time to log off the box - in XP, it was easy - just have the lab admin log off their locked session and whatever they lost, they lost - there MUST be a way to do this is Win 7??!!! Why would I want to bog the machine down with potentially 10 to 12 concurrent sessions and make the machine basically useless after that many people have logged in and claimed all the RAM??
I want to migrate off XP but this is HUGE for me
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11 May 2010   #14
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try this hokieman: Fast User Switching - Vista Forums

Welcome to SF by the way!
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11 May 2010   #15
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

QUOTE: In Windows 7 click Start and type mstsc in the search box. At the top of the start menu those very smae letters will appear with an icon. Highlight it and press enter. A dialogue box opens titled, "Remote Desktop Connection." Type in the name of the computer, your credentials and eventually you are reminded that a user is currently logged in. You are asked if you want to continue because that will log them off!
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hokieman91 this is exactly what orourkev was trying to do. So from the admin's computer, you would type mstsc and then you can type in the admin user/pass and enter the computer. the other user would be logged out and you logged in. then you log out and the system is free again.
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12 May 2010   #16
hokieman91

Windows 7
 
 

Thx for the suggestion and this is a partial solution - I was just trying to prevent having all the machines keeping the port for mstsc open. Also, when the remote user logs into the locked machine, the locked user's session is still running (verified that after logging in and checking task manager) - this method does give back the CTRL-ALT-DEL but it seems the only way to clear out those sessions is still to reboot the box
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02 Nov 2010   #17
jdureta

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

I had this problem, remote desktop is disabled on the computer that was locked by another user, so I cannot establish any session from remote. I was able to log out the current user by re-starting the locked machine remotely by "shutdown -m \\machinename -r". After it rebooted, I was able to login as myself.
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22 Feb 2011   #18
justusthane

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hokieman91 View Post
Also, when the remote user logs into the locked machine, the locked user's session is still running (verified that after logging in and checking task manager) - this method does give back the CTRL-ALT-DEL but it seems the only way to clear out those sessions is still to reboot the box
By now you've probably either figured this out or come up with a different solution, but once you've remoted in, you should be able to bring up Task Manager, switch to the Users tab, and log off whoever you want.

Edit: I just tried what I preached, and it doesn't seem to work. I get an "access denied" error when trying to log off the inactive user through Task Manager, even though I'm admin. Strange. Curious if anyone else has found a solution to this.
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02 Mar 2011   #19
hokieman91

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the reply - I actually thought I could also initially do this with RD (bummed I couldn't)

We have learned to live with this and it actually has proven to be useful on more than one occasion but it would have still been nice to have been given that choice since there are still plenty of areas around my campus that I would love to turn that feature off~
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10 Mar 2011   #20
CPTaylor

Windows 7 Enterprise, 32 bit
 
 
Unlocking Win 7 when locked on another user

I don't know how this works exaclty but if I do CTrl-Alt-Del a number of times, I eventually get the option to log in as a new user. This has worked for me a number of time on my library's loaner laptops. I'll have to pay more attention next time to see if it's a set number of repetitions that makes it work.
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