Auto logout after certain time

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by lieb39, Apr 20, 2003.

  1. lieb39

    lieb39 Apple lover, PC User

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    My family members often forget to log out, and I'm fed up. Is it possible after the computer being in idle after a certain amount of time the user currently logged on gets (a) kicked off [logged off] or (b) quick user logoff

    Any applications out there that can do this?

    Thanks,

    lieb39
     
  2. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

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    Well...this isnt perfect but you can try it...

    http://www.moon1000.com/software/download/index.shtml

    called smartbomb.

    I had it when it was freeware and it would shutdown your computer once the cpu or net traffic was idle for a certain period...they may have upgraded it to allow for logoff...
     
  3. lieb39

    lieb39 Apple lover, PC User

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    Nope, looks like that isn't going to do the job, as it only shuts down your pc.
     
  4. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    Isn't there a screensaver which forces you to logon to come out of it?
     
  5. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    use the screensaver, i do it for my dad because he always forgets. just right click your desktop + choose properties then the screensaver tab, there is an option there 2 use the welcome screen once the screensaver is on, just set the screensaver for 5 mins or sumin + when someone moves mouse etc to end screensaver it will be @ welcome screen, it doesn't log them out btw it jus uses user switchin. cheak the atachment.
     
  6. yoyo

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    I think you can use task scheduler. Create a new scheduled task to shutdown.exe in C:\Windows\system32.
    You will however have to create a task for each user and you need their username and password. If there is no password set you'll have to enable running scheduled tasks without password in the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ Lsa set the value for limitblankpassworduse to 0 (that's a zero).


    Open Control Panel - Scheduled Tasks
    Add scheduled task
    the wizard starts, click next
    browse to C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe
    choose a name for the task and click Perform this task - daily or anything else (we are going to change this later anyway)
    click next and then change the proposed start time a little bit so that it will not shut down immediately
    click next and enter user name and password
    click next and check 'Open advanced properties for this task, when I click Finish', click Finish
    In the advanced properties on the Task tab next to Run: add parameters to the command so that it looks like
    C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe -l -t 10 -f (This will log off the user after ten seconds, be careful with the f switch, it forces to close programs whether the work is saved or not, it may cause a family crisis)
    Change to the Schedule tab
    click the arrow on the Schedule Task drop down menu and click When idle, adjust the time at 'Schedule Task When Idle'
    Click OK
     
  7. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    dam what a load of fuss:rolleyes:

    my way works quick + easy, it only switches the user to the welcome screen after a set period of time rather than shutdown the comp like your way will:p
     
  8. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

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    Henyman, you didn't read it :p . The l-switch logs the user off, it doesn't shutdown the computer. :D
     
  9. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    bleh:p

    my ways better;)