Windows® Vista switch user
How to switch users in Windows Vista?
Windows Vista succeeded the Windows® XP Operating System and was aimed at home and business users. The improved GUI (Graphical User Interface) makes Vista stand out from its predecessors. The visual styles added to the looks of this OS. Windows Vista has got good security features unlike other Windows® operating systems. The applications in it include Windows® DVD Maker, Windows Media® Player 11, and Internet Explorer® 7 and so on. The Shadow Copy feature is used to create back up copies of data in your system running on Windows Vista. This is done automatically and every day. Windows Vista has got eight versions, for home and business consumers separately.
In Windows Vista, you can have different accounts for different persons or for different purposes and can switch between them easily. Following things are to be kept in mind while doing so:
- Save open documents
- Creating a shortcut for switching
- Retaining Internet connection
Save open documents
Windows Vista has features to save back up copies of daily documents. But it does not save your documents if you leave them open while switching into some other account. Make sure you save all the documents that are open before logging out of a particular account. It will prove difficult to recover those documents in case you lose them.
Creating a shortcut for switching
Windows Vista does not provide any shortcuts for user switching unlike XP. If you want to switch users with just one key stroke, you can add an option manually for that. Create a desktop shortcut to Terminal Services Disconnect (TSDISCON) and give it a name. Assign a shortcut key to it by going to the Properties. Move the key to the Programs folder by choosing “Open All Users” in the Start. Logout and login back for the settings to take effect.
It has been found that the Internet connection is disrupted while trying to switch from one user to another. To retain the connection, you need to make a change in the registry. Open regedit and key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft WindowsNT CurrentVersion Winlogon. Give the value “1” in the field to enter new data. Reboot the system for changes to take place.