login to same workstation windows 7 pro with two id's

Can I login to a workstation twice?  I know how to use the runas command and what not.  But i'd like to have two active sessions from my keyboard and monitor that I can switch to and fro quickly.

same physical workstation.
windows 7
two logins staying active and when I switch between them.... no applications close....the desktops keep their state between switching logins
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can I login to {the same} workstation twice {at the same time}?  No, you cannot do this and not close out of one before logging into the other.

You need a second machine. I use Virtual Machines for this.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Can't he use remote desktop? If the other user doesn't respond, he's allowed access. When he closes that session, he can login the first. Everything is still there.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Of course, like John said. It must be done on a second machine. 8-)

I think this is NOT what you want but just FYI... For different desktops of the same logon, use something like the free http://dexpot.de/
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Possibly I'm not understanding the question properly but ...

If you've got two accounts on the machine you can run them both at the same time.  You can switch between them and the states are saved and restored.  I run a restricted user account and Admin account this way on Windows 7.

However because the admin account is passworded and the restricted user account isn't I have to supply the password for the admin account every time I want to switch to that one.  No problems with switching to the restricted user account.
On Windows 7 Pro and above, you can logon with more than one user account, but you may only use one at a time. That is what the "Switch User" menu entry is for when you click on the arrow at the Shutdown button. The logged on user account stays active (open software etc stay open), but you can't use that account until you switch to it again.

If you want to use different logins at the same time, you will need a Server OS with Remote Desktop services enabled. On server OS's you can have 2 concurrent RDS connections in Admin mode, along with the locally logged on user. But on Desktop OS you can always only use one account at the same time.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can run two accounts simultaneously but they have to be different user names. So far as I know and have tried, you cannot log on simultaneously with 2 occurrences of the same name with is I think what was requested.
The same user account logged on twice wouldn't make sense and of course doesn't work. But what is possible you could have a local account with the same name as a domain account, and with those you can logon at the same time. But of course they are still different accounts, with their own user profile, even if the name happens to be the same...
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
sorry guys... should have made it clearer
I still got the info I needed.

it was two different accounts... same workstation.
switch user seems to work well enough.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@jamesmetcalf74  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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