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Why dont allow me to lock the XP machine?

hi folks here,

XP does not support locking workstation any more if you enable fast user switching, i really dont understand why MS had such a design, could some gurus here give me a reasonable explanation?

moreover, i really need this feature. e.g. when i leave the computer for a while, i dont allow others access it while keep the applications running well. so standby is not an option here. any workaround tricks?

many thanks in advance.

cheers,
bbao
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Put a password on your account.  It SHOULD prevent users from reentering your desktop if they don't enter the password.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
so quick reply. :) hehe, i am sure i know this. but how can i lock the machine to activate the login screen? ctrl-alt-del does not do this, it only invoke Task Manager. :(
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I don't generally use XP home, so I can't tell you for certain, but I believe you just go to Start Menu, select Shutdown and "Switch Users".  This should put you back at the user selection screen.  Then, if you've configured a password for your account, you shouldn't be able to get back to your desktop without it.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
i am sure i know this, too. :) it is a bit labor intensive way, so i am here looking for the way to lock the workstation instantly, just like what i do on NT/2K/2K3, to hit ctrl-alt-del. and, i also want to know why MS thinks this function is conflictive with fast user switching, a function i need too.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'm not sure if this will work with Fast User Switching.  Try pressing the Windows Key + L
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
btw, i am using XP/PRO, specifically, XP tablet edition. you may just think it is a PRO.
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vtsincCommented:
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vtsincCommented:
Or for free:

To lock your Windows XP workstation, press the Windows key (i.e., the key with the Windows logo) + L.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
haha leew, you should be awarded: that works! :) many thanks!
but i am still looking for the answer of my primary question, WHY MS does this? hehe.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Because if you can LOCK the workstation then you can't switch users.  Switching users itself is like locking the workstation when you have a password on the account.
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vtsincCommented:
Not trying to be a smartass with the (i.e.) part -just copied from elsewhere.. ;-)  I've wondered about it myself for some time but never bothered to look into the question further until seeing your post...  It worked for me on a tablet PC.

Regards,
Mike
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vtsincCommented:
And now I feel like an ass anyway since someone else already said this.  Answering why MS did this is beyond me....

I do think leew should get the points, though. ;-)
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sramesh2kCommented:
bbao,

The behavior that you explain is absolutely normal. You may look at the LockXP.htm link above. That stand-alone exe allows you lock the workstation (classic lock) without permanently disabling Fast User Switching.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
thanks vtsinc, leew just suggested the WIN+L solution. i also just visited the site you mentioned, it seems a lot of people have the same question as mine. the utility looks good, but it works only with administrator-level user account. :(

as what i thought before, it seems the two features are not conflictive. any reasonable explanation for why MS does it? any MS guys here? hehe ;)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
How are they not conflictive?  When you lock the computer, ONLY the use can unlock it.  So if you are to use Fast User Switching, HOW could they switch if only the current user could unlock it?
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
hi sramesh2k, MS might think WIN+L can completely replace CTRL+ALT+DEL. see the follows for its official explanations:

Using CTRL+ALT+DEL Key Combination to Open Windows Security Opens Task Manager
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q281980

How to Quickly Lock Your Computer and Use Other Windows Logo Shortcut Keys
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q294317

here is another informative link:

Different Ways to Lock Windows XP (by Vic Ferri)
http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=70

thank you all gurus :)
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
> When you lock the computer, ONLY the use can unlock it.
> So if you are to use Fast User Switching, HOW could they switch if only the current user could unlock it?

IMHO, thats not how MS thinks about it. see Q294317 for the answer. :)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I think that's what I said, just poorly articulated:

"If the Fast User Switching feature is enabled and you lock the computer, you can observe the same behavior as if you switched users: The computer returns to the Welcome screen and other users can log on to the computer."
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
thank you, the points splitted, hope that's ok... :)
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