Tuesday, July 1, 2008

XP: Log Users Off Using the Task Manager

Find out how you can log multiple users off in Windows XP using the Task Manager without logging into their accounts.

XP: Log Users Off Using the Task Manager

With Windows XP, multiple users can be logged on the same machine thanks to Fast User Switching service. I recently came across this question about logging users off the machine without logging into their accounts individual. Well, if you have an Administrator account, you can do just that. Keep in mind, though, that doing this might cause the users to lose unsaved data as Windows will force applications to close without saving.

To log users off:
  1. Start the Task Manager by right-clicking an empty space on the Task Bar and selecting Task Manager on the menu. Alternatively, press CTRL+ALT+DEL at the same time to bring it up
  2. Under the Users tab, you will find a list of all logged in users for the machine. If you don't see the Users tab, that means the Fast User Switching service is disabled.
  3. Click on the username that you want to log off, and then click Logoff
  4. When Windows asks you about the user losing all the data, click Yes
  5. Repeat step 3 as needed

There you go. No need to manually log in to users accounts and logging off from there. The Task Manager is your friend when it comes to your computer.

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