One user but Switch User at Welcome Screen upon waking from sleep

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Grayhair, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. Grayhair

    Grayhair Guest

    I am using Vista Home Premium, I only have one user active. When I initially
    start up the computer, at the Welcome Screen there no option to "Switch" or
    select a user. When I resume from "Sleep" there is an option to switch user.
    If I select switch user, it shows the same user as when the system started.
    Is this normal behavior?
    Grayhair, Mar 9, 2008
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  2. Grayhair

    Brink Guest

    Hi Grayhair,

    Since you only have one user account, then this is normal. The startup
    logon screen will show all user accounts like the "Switch User" screen;
    this is why there is no "Switch User" option here.

    When you resume from sleep, it takes you to basically the "Lock"
    computer logon screen for only the user that the computer went to sleep
    from. This is why there is an option to "Switch User" here.

    Hope this helps,


    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
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    Brink, Mar 9, 2008
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  3. Grayhair

    Grayhair Guest

    Thanks for your answer but I still do not understand why there is a switch
    user option when there is no user to switch to. I understand that when I
    awake from sleep it return to the user that put the machine to sleep but if
    there are no other active users, why offer a switch? See redundent.
    Grayhair, Mar 25, 2008
  4. Grayhair

    Brink Guest

    Hi Grayhair,

    I believe Casper stated why pretty well. If you need more details on
    Casper's posted solution, you can find them here.

    It is pretty redundent when there is only one user on the computer
    though. ;)



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    Brink, Mar 26, 2008
  5. Grayhair

    Casper42 Guest

    So Brink's reply reminded me of 1 more thing.

    The REAL reason it asks to switch user is because there ARE other users
    on the machine. The Administrator account for instance is on there but
    is hidden by default in Vista.

    I dont remember if its Vista or XP (or perhaps both) but if you press
    CTRL+ALT+DEL *TWICE* at the pretty choose a user screen, you get the
    old Windows 2000 style logon window in which you can specify (meaning
    TYPE in) an account to logon with, or in this case unlock the machine

    If you knew the Administrator password, technically doing the above and
    then entering Administrator and its password would log you on with a
    second account and therefore technically would allow you to "Switch

    I would gladly test that for you but I wiped out my Vista Partition on
    my machine to make room for more games about a month ago.

    Anyway, hope that answers the existential side of your original
    Hopefully a better answer than "Vista is stupid"

    Casper42, Mar 26, 2008
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