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richardwmason



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:04 pm    Post subject: Switch User capability Reply with quote

I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows XP. Becasue it was running rahther slow I have gone into the "services.msc" area and switched a number of the services to disabled. This has speeded up the PC but now when I go to start, log off, and select switch user nothing happens. Which servcies does this use?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the service you need to start is called Fast user switching. You really shouldn't disable any service that you don't know what it does!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Switch user capability Reply with quote

Thanks for the response and I did read the notes on each service before disabling them - no doubt my understanding was wrong. However I have found the screen and selected the box "use fast user switching" and then selected apply options but it does not save it. I am classifieid as an administrator?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fast user switching is dependant on Terminal Services, so you will need to ensure this is started first.

If you had the permission to stop the services in the first place, you should have the permission to start them. A quick way to check if you have Administrative privileges in XP is to right click on your Start button - if you get an option to Open All Users and Explore All Users then you have Administrative rights.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject: Fast User switching Reply with quote

Thank you for your assistance. With Terminal Services on it now works fine.

But back to where I started from - are there any services that I can switch off to secure a speed improvement - where can I learn what each one does and whether they are still relevant or not?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Fast User switching Reply with quote

richardwmason wrote:
Thank you for your assistance. With Terminal Services on it now works fine.

But back to where I started from - are there any services that I can switch off to secure a speed improvement - where can I learn what each one does and whether they are still relevant or not?

Thank you


Go to My Computer | Properties | Advanced | Performance and then choose "Adjust for best performance". That will turn off windows themes. You can then disable to Themes service too which I find helps boost older machine performance quite nicely.

You may be able to disable other component services but I don't know which ones are being used by the myriad of software I'm sure you have on your machine.
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