auto logoff of administrator level user to free up machine for standard users

Posted on 2014-02-23
Last Modified: 2014-03-11
on a shared win 7 machine, there are 2 users - 1 has admin rights and the other is a standard user. I want to logoff the admin user after 10 minutes of idle so

a) the standard user doesn't get into the admin files
b) the screen saver kicks in after 5 minutes for the admin so I want the standard user to be able to use the machine

I created a scheduled task to run shutdown /r /t /f, but on what conditions / are conditions AND or OR?

I set 2 conditions -
when idle 10 minutes
when the admin user is logged in

I'm working remotely, so I can't tell if this will work to log off just the admin user after 10 minutes (no need for the standard user to be logged off).

This is a workgroup<<<<<   I listed this under SBS to draw on SBS admins knowledge : )

  • 5
  • 3

Accepted Solution

Sylvain_piv earned 250 total points
ID: 39880514
I think you have your answer on the second post. On your scheduled Task select "start the task only if the computer is idle of : 10 min"

source :

Author Comment

ID: 39880516
rather than

idle 10 minutes
when connection to user session,

how about just

on workstation lock

for just that user? but the delay time is only 1 min or 30 min... any way to change it to something else?

Expert Comment

ID: 39880528
if you want to logoff session, make a scheduled task.

If you want to lock screen, configure it with screensaver option and ajust time like you want.
Comprehensive Backup Solutions for Microsoft

Acronis protects the complete Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Windows PC, laptop and Surface data; Microsoft business applications; Microsoft Hyper-V; Azure VMs; Microsoft Windows Server 2016; Microsoft Exchange 2016 and SQL Server 2016.


Author Comment

ID: 39880561
logoff - right - that's what I want.  But how to do it

a) only for the admin
b) after x minutes of being idle

Author Comment

ID: 39880564
And how would you have it log in as the standard user (which has a password)?

I guess reboot rather than logoff? because then you can set control userpasswords2 to log in a certain user, entering the password for them.

but reboot takes longer than logging off.

Expert Comment

ID: 39880618
for a ) see Screen A
For b) see screen B

When administrator session was logoff, Windows prompts for a username or password .
LVL 74

Assisted Solution

by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 250 total points
ID: 39898965
Why do you want the user logged off instead of just locking the session?

If the admin user has an open, un-saved document, logging them off automatically will cause any changes to be lost.

There is no security advantage to logging them off -- locking the session is sufficient.

Is it possible that you don't have Fast-User Switching enabled on this machine?  Because all that the second user needs to do is use CTRL-ALT-DEL and select "Switch User" to log on.  FYI, Fast-User Switching is disabled if you RDP into the machine, so you can't check this remotely unless you use something like TeamViewer or LogMeIn.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 39921375
they decided not to do this. thanks for your comments!

Author Comment

ID: 39921377
they decided not to do this. thanks for your comments!

Featured Post

Easy, flexible multimedia distribution & control

Coming soon!  Ideal for large-scale A/V applications, ATEN's VM3200 Modular Matrix Switch is an all-in-one solution that simplifies video wall integration. Easily customize display layouts to see what you want, how you want it in 4k.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw  "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing.  You will be panic as there are no back…
When you try to share a printer , you may receive one of the following error messages. Error message when you use the Add Printer Wizard to share a printer: Windows could not share your printer. Operation could not be completed (Error 0x000006…
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

820 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question