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Switch Users Fast In Windows XP With Fast User Switching!
 
It takes at least a few tedious seconds to log one user off and another one on. Windows XP has an option to speed that up: Fast User Switching (FUS) lets you switch without logging off. To enable it, open User Accounts in the Control Panel, click on Change the way users log on or off, and check the Use Fast User Switching box. Now, when you select Log Off, a Switch User option appears that lets you quickly change to another account without making any users close their programs. When FUS is enabled, holding down the Windows key and typing the letter L zips you to the Welcome screen.
 
Beware of the trade-offs of Fast User Switching, though. You should avoid running system-level utilities, such as defrag or indexing utilities, when another user is logged on, and if you're looking for the best performance, you don't want to let idle accounts in the background tie up system resources. The feature is best for those times when you simply need to get in and out quickly. Also note that Fast User Switching does not work if your computer is a member of a network domain.

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