Windows XP "Fast User Switching" and Utimaco products

  • Article ID: 106628
  • Updated: 08 Jun 2010

SafeGuard Easy multi-platform 4.5x

Client OS

Windows XP SP3

Server OS

Windows 2003


Do Utimaco products support the Windows XP feature "Fast User Switching"?


With Windows XP Microsoft introduced a new feature called "Fast User Switching" which allows to switch context between users on the same machine. Every user gets his own desktop and open applications. However this feature has certain limitations introduced by Microsoft:

- It works only for local users. It will not work for domain users.
- It works only if no other GINAs than the MS GINA are installed.

Based on that knowledge, SafeGuard products that use a GINA will not allow to use the XP built-in fast user switching. These applications will be: SafeGuard Advanced Security, SafeGuard Easy and SafeGuard LanCrypt (if used with SG GINA).

Due to the domain limitation, many customers might anyway rarely use this new XP feature.

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