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Old 10-06-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Unable to load multiple profiles on XP.

Whenever I try to switch from one profile to another, the screen will blip, show the background of whichever profile it is previously logged into, then click back to the log-in screen. In order to switch to another profile, I have to actually log-off the previous one, instead of simply using switch user. This is a HUGE pain in the ass since my sister uses this computer for her "school"(i.e. checking her damn myspace) and frequently restars the computer so she can log-in when I have a virus scan or a long download going on my profile, thus restarting the whole friggin thing.

Also, whenever I use my DVD copying software (DVDFab 5), it shows an error message stating "the application failed to initialize properly (0x0000005)" upon starting the program, yet it still loads an copies DVDs. Problem is, once I copy the DVD and close the application, or try to run anything else, it gives the same error and will not load them. It only started doing this a few days ago. Can someone please help me?

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Old 10-07-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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Well, one thing I can suggest is this...

1. Click on the button for the start menu and go to run.
2. Type services.msc and hit enter.
3. Make sure "Fast User Switching" is set to either Auto or Manual.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:13 AM   #3
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Well, one thing I can suggest is this...

1. Click on the button for the start menu and go to run.
2. Type services.msc and hit enter.
3. Make sure "Fast User Switching" is set to either Auto or Manual.
It's set to manual.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:37 AM   #4
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It's set to manual.
Crud. I'm not exactly sure what else to suggest then (that should work, mine is set to manual and user switching seems to work fine).
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:28 PM   #5
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try reformatting your HDD. should work with a fresh OS
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Old 02-01-2009, 03:12 PM   #6
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This is a very old thread, but reformatting a HD is a last resort. Ofcourse it will fix the problem but it will wipe out all the install programs and data that is currently on the computer. Unless you have an image of your PC, it will take hours to recover.

A more prudent course of action is to google and try and find a microsoft kb on the issue. If you cannot find it, the next step is to do a system restore to a date when this feature worked correctly. If that does not work the next step is to try and remove the local profile of the affected account. Yes, you do lose some settings, but it is much less painful than a full reformat. If the problem is corruption in the local ntuser.dat registry (HKLM\current user or somthing like that), this will regenerate it. Yes, there will be some recovery need, but much less than in a full format and reinstall. Make sure you back up your favourites and my docs folders, because if you do not, they will be gone!

Than, if that does not work, you may want to format.
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