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windows 7 TS Sessions

I would like to know if it is possible for 2 users to use Windows 7 on the same computer at the same time:
Case 1:
One user will use the computer at the console and the other will use the same computer remotely through RDP
Case2:
both users will use the same computer at the same time through RDP sessions

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jskfan
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jskfan
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Chris MillardCommented:
You can only have one user connected at any one time. If a second user attempts to log on, they will end up logging off the first user.

There are some unofficial "hacks" I believe for this, but I don't think they are legal since they use a modified DLL file, so I wouldn't recommend it.
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rindiCommented:
No, this is a desktop OS and only one user is allowed at one time.
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SommerblinkCommented:
As rindi stated, it is against your license agreement with Microsoft to allow more than one simultaneous user on a Windows OS desktop.

What is it that you are trying to accomplish with this? I mean, the second user who is remoting into the Windows 7 computer, already has a computer. What is wrong with this computer? There are more than a few (legal) ways to skin a cat in the Microsoft world.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
in Windows 7, there is the option to a logon as different user that the one who is already logged on.
But this happens at the console logon, and the previous logged on user will still keep their applications open and running as long as the current logged on user has not restarted the computer.
However when logged on remotely to Windows 7, I believe it will disconnect whoever was logged on to windows 7.
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SommerblinkCommented:
Correct. The Windows 7 license only allows ONE active session. Actually, behind the scenes, when you tell it to switch users, you are in fact using the RDP protocol. Please see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms997634.aspx for more information.

(Fast User Switching is what you are doing. Microsoft changed the terminology on Windows 7)

But back to your problem. There is no legal way around this. It is impossible for you to have two people active on a single computer running Windows 7. This problem is solved if you move to a server-based operating system, like Windows Server 2008 R2, with Remote Desktop Services installed and licensed.

There are other products such as Microsoft Multipoint, but I have never used it, but it apparently allows for people to share a single desktop. It is geared for the Educational market and may not be available for Commercial/Personal licensing. (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/multipoint/)

If you tell me what you are trying to accomplish (beyond having two people log into the same computer) maybe I can assist.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you Guys!
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