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Is it possible to stop Windows 7 locking the session after remote access?

 

I'm using this box as a HTPC and therefore require as little user input as possible, it has no keyboard attached so i do all work remotely, but after a remote session it has locked the session on the PC, so if i flick over to the HTPC to watch a movie or play again i'm forced to login to unlock the session.

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it actually locks up "when" you remote access not after.

 

what I suggest is slightly different though and is what I did. create a separate remote admin user. then do the registry hack that allows multiple logins to windows 7. then the htpc part part of your htpc will be unisturbed as you log in and do all the changes on another user. you can also run other "server" apps on the remote user, like if you use it for some kind of download box. 

 

I'm not sure I'm allowed to post a link to the reg hack here(actually it might require changing a dll to, I don't quite remember), but just google for "multiple remote logins for windows 7" or something. 

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Is it possible to hack that multiple logins in windows 7? I am really confuse with it.

Yes

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Thanks for the reply, i'm not sure if that will work for me i'd rather have direct access to the user account.

 

is there no way to work directly in the active session.. kinda like screen share on a mac.

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Only with other remote software. 

 

 

 

for a HTPC though, I find the best solution is to leave the media user alone. that way you can configure stuff even while you or someone else is watching stuff or it's recording stuff. depending on the media center software you could also configure stuff while it's running, and eventually just do a quick software restart to apply settings. 

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Only with other remote software. 

 

 

 

for a HTPC though, I find the best solution is to leave the media user alone. that way you can configure stuff even while you or someone else is watching stuff or it's recording stuff. depending on the media center software you could also configure stuff while it's running, and eventually just do a quick software restart to apply settings. 

 

Yeah that actually makes sense, i will give it a go.

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Problem i'm having with this is that all my media is stored on the other user account, when i install something shortcut and customisation is going on the new user instead of the media user.

 

I've resorted back to working on the main user account when organising media or installing a game and then when i log out of the remote session it's effectively logging me out of the windows, i noticed last night when i fired up plex on my ipad it wouldnt find the server, when i checked my HTPC it was locked, when i logged in i could see all my apps loading so they weren't loaded previously.

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The other option is to set the HTPC to login automatically and just reboot it after using it via RDP.

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Now i think about it i shouldn't really be storing anything on my media user account or deep in windows, i should have it on a partition and then it's easily accessible to every account, configure my main media user once and then never touch it again.

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The other option is to set the HTPC to login automatically and just reboot it after using it via RDP.

That is a horrible option.

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especially considering you can't restart from RDP only disconnect.

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Shutdown command line, but still not the best option since it disrupts the media user, and yeah, don't store media on a user account, the store it on the shared folders/"libraries"

And most install will let you chose if you install for this user or all.

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You can easily restart a pc from RDP, start menu | windows security.

 

Horrible option? Why do you need a password on an HTPC that anyone in your household can use. Oh no! Someone broke in and stole my movies!

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You can easily restart a pc from RDP, start menu | windows security.

 

Horrible option? Why do you need a password on an HTPC that anyone in your household can use. Oh no! Someone broke in and stole my movies!

No, it's horrible because you're restarting the HTPC that's potentially being used to watch something.

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No one is watching anything except the login screen as the OP is logged on via RDP.

 

I use this method as I don't want to change DLL's to enable multi-sessions. I know when someone in my house is using the HTPC. Just handy to jump on, sort something out then reboot when finished.

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Except unless he followed my earlier suggestion to activate multiple logons, then you can watch anything you want on the screen.

Hence why other options is abad idea since they all, even the least disruptive like logmein or vnc disrupt the media center player.

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Just to throw a few things into this thread.. you can hack the service to allow concurrent remote and local sessions, don't need a third party server running.  Depends on your needs of course, you can streamline the shutdown options (if you want it available, obviously not suited for everything), menu replacements like ClassicShell handles it nicely.  You can also remotely shut it down or reboot without using RDP at all, say the built in shutdown command or SysInternal's PSShutDown utility.  Needs credentials for obvious reasons.  I use that via a jumplist to handle a few machines here that are purely servers, much quicker than logging in.  Just for example, something like this via a jumplist utility, cropped as there's a bunch of similar entries, you get the idea.  I can power on, administer, reboot or shutdown these systems all via the one jumplist.

 

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I've found the patch it seems to work OK, i've partitioned by drive and moved all my downloads and media to this so that it's easily accessible on any account. Thanks for the suggestion.

 

Another problem i've come across (unrelated but dont want to make another thread) when windows goes to sleep it will not wake up.. it just went to sleep i tried to RDP, VNC and HTTP to it but got no response... i expected it to wake up but it's not.. 

 

WOL is enabled.

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Uplift, on 19 Sept 2013 - 14:50, said:Uplift, on 19 Sept 2013 - 14:50, said:Uplift, on 19 Sept 2013 - 14:50, said:

especially considering you can't restart from RDP only disconnect.

 

Yes you can.

 

1. Create a new shortcut

2. For the location of the shortcut type shutdown.exe /r /t 00

3. Click Next, and then for the name of the shortcut type Reboot and then click Finish.

 

to restart, double click this shortcut and whala reboot via MSTSC

 

OR

 

in Search programs and files enter shutdown.exe /r /t 00 and the command shows in the start menu, pin this to your start menu or taskbar.

 

Single click the pinned command and job done.

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