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Hacking Vista to allow concurrent sessions

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 21st 2007 12:21PM
Vista Media CenterMicrosoft seems to have left out from Windows Vista the ability to log in to your PC without logging out another user. While this was something that was technically only supported on earlier Windows Server products, there was an easy hack that allowed you to replace a dll file in Windows XP.

Okay, so why is this important? Well, if you want to update your Windows Vista machine or access some files on it, but someone's currently using the media center application to watch a movie, you pretty much have to wait until they're finished watching, take over the machine until you're done, and then deal with an angry spouse.

On the other hand, if you could login from a remote computer without logging off the first user, one user could continue to use the media center while the other user performs tasks in the background.

Well, as tends to happen when Microsoft leaves a useful feature out of their operating systems, the user community finds a way to enable it. The fine folks at The Green Button are working on a hack. Unfortunately one of the primary developers had his computer (with the source code) stolen the other day, which could slow the progress.

[via Missing Remote]

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Did you even read the thread? They've found a solution, and there's a dll available for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista.

The developer who's laptop was stolen was working on an extender solution, NOT the concurrency problem.

February 21 2007 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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