Fast User Switching Compatibility

 

General Information

Provides management for applications that require assistance in a multiple user environment.

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides management for applications that require assistance in a multiple user environment.

Additional Information

Unless you have several different users on a system, you probably do not even need this service to be running. You could benefit, however, if you use this service in conjunction with several users on your local computer to allow switching between accounts without closing all existing applications running.

Take note: When switching accounts, all applications that the previous account was running are still going and taking up memory. It basicly is a trade off of bloat to convenience. For example, you have several Firefox windows upon surfing the web and another family member desired to “quickly check E-mail.” You can leave the applications as is, then Start > Log Off > Switch User. After the family member is done, you can switch users back to your account and everything is how you left it… in theory.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Manual (Started) Manual (Started)
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Manual (Started) Manual (Started)
XP Pro ? ? Manual (Started) Manual (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Manual (Started) Manual (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): FastUserSwitchingCompatibility
Display Name: Fast User Switching Compatibility

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Fast User Switching Compatibility needs to function properly:

What other service require Fast User Switching Compatibility to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.