hi, i have a problem, check this link:- http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=70 The link shows mulitple ways of locking the computer And mine is the 1st one:- via the keyboard The easiest way to lock Windows XP is by simply pressing the Windows logo key and the letter L (for Lock) on a Microsoft Natural Keyboard or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Window key. Doing so will pop up the Unlock Computer Password box. When i switch user, the above statement pops up, and when i put in my password, the system says, do you want to permanently log off? If I say yes, all my programs are shutdown, similar to Log Off If I say no, i will return back to my desktop My aim is to switch user without having that lock obstacle in my way, and have it not to close any of my running programs when i switch user. Please help me, suggest multiple ways on removing that lock.