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To achieve the best performance on your computer, it is suggested that you log off an account instead of switching to another one using Fast User Switching. By logging off an account, all the previous user's programs and files will be closed. This will allow the new account to have access to all of the computer's resources, which will allow it to be faster. This tutorial will explain how to log off an account in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
To log off an account in Windows XP you need to click on the Start Button () to open the Start Menu.
Now click on the Log Off button as indicated by the red arrow in the image above. This will open the Log Off Windows dialog.
Finally, to log off, please click on the Log Off button. This will log off the current account and bring you back to the Windows Welcome screen where you can select another account that you wish to login as.
To log off an account in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, please click on the Windows Start Button () and the Start Menu will open. At the bottom of the Start Menu you will see a Shut down button with an arrow to the right of it. Please click on the arrow and a submenu will open as shown in the image below.
In the menu that appears, click on the Log Off option. This will bring you to the Windows Welcome Screen where you can pick another account to log in as.
To switch between user accounts in Windows 8, you need to click on your user name or account picture in the upper right-hand corner of the Start Screen. This will open up a submenu as shown in the image below.
When the submenu is open, click on the Sign out option. This will bring you back to a screen asking you to enter the password for the previously active account. Simply click on the left arrow next to the account name to get back to the listing of all accounts on the computer.
Windows allows you to lock your screen so that others cannot access your computer without entering your password. This is very useful when you need to be away from your computer and do not want other people to use it or access your documents. This tutorial will walk you through locking your screen in all versions of Windows as well as a method of automatically locking your screen when your ...
Fast user switching is a feature in Windows that allows you to switch to another user account on the same computer without logging off. This allows multiple users to use the same computer while keeping each account's programs and files open and running in the background. As you can imagine, this can be useful when someone wants to use their computer but another account is logged in with open ...
Fast User Switching is a useful feature in Windows that allows you to quickly switch between different accounts on your machine. If it's not used properly, though, it can lead to problems as your computer becomes slow due to the amount of programs that are running at the same time. With this said, many people feel its better to disable Fast User Switching altogether and require people to log ...
It is important to know how to properly shut down or restart your computer so that you do not lose data or corrupt important Windows files or Registry locations. Many people think that you shut down your computer simply by pressing the power button. On some configurations, this will work as Windows will recognize that you press the power button and shut it down gracefully. On the other hand, if ...
If you do not want users on a computer to be able to have the Lock option when they enter the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard combination, you can disable it via a policy in the Group Policy Editor or via a Registry key.