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I need to find a way to log-off individual users from a stand-alone XP work station AUTOMATICALLY after inactivity and return the computer to the welcome screen. Several people access the same computer in our office. Each has their own user account. Users frequently forget to log off when leaving the computer compromising their security. Using an automatic screen saver log-off (10-20 minutes of inactivity, etc) doesn't work. It restricts access to the computer in general and other users can't get in. What I need is to log off any user after inactivity and wind up at the welcome screen showing all the user icons... where they would then enter their individual password and get into their own stuff. It seems like there would be a great need for exactly this, but I can't find anything that doesn't require user management from a server.

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There is an hack, but endorsed by Microsoft, which uses a specialized "screen saver" that performs application kill and logout. You'll need to download the Win2000 Kit from MS site, then this is the walkthrough:

http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B314999&x=9&y=13

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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    lserni Nov 14, 2009

    I'm sorry if you did not find the solution useful. Yet, apparently it does exactly what you asked for: "log off any user after inactivity and wind up at the welcome screen showing all the user icons".

    Did you try the solution as provided by Microsoft? May I know how exactly it did not work?

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