2 users on 1 computer

April 24, 2011 at 18:47:41
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.30 GHz/RAM 3.00GB
I BOUGHT A NEW COMPUTER AND I WOULD LIKE TO HOOK UP THE 3 ACCESSORIES FROM MY OLD COMPUTER.

1st acc = KEYBOARD
2nd acc =MOUSE
3rd acc =MONITOR

HOW DO I DO THIS SO THAT 2 USERS CAN SHARE 1 COMPUTER AT THE SAME TIME?
WHAT DO I NEED?

JOSEPH MUELLER
joesephmueller@att.net

THANK YOU!


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#1
April 24, 2011 at 19:08:56
As far as I know Only one user account can be running at any given time so your proposal has little merit.

EG I have a system with both a USB mouse and PS/2 mouse connected. Either can be used. Windows just recognizes each as an input device. I also have a graphics tablet that controls the mouse function with it's stylus, so 3 people could theoretically try to control the system simultaneously.
I've never bothered connecting two keyboards but would expect you could connect one to a USB port and another to PS/2 and use either but you could not have two operators doing different simultaneous tasks.

In order to achieve what you want you would have to have Server software and your second operator would still need their own PC networked to yours and then logged into their account on your Server. A PC is not a game console where multiple controllers can operate independently, and even in game consoles only one session at a time is running. You cannot have one person playing Halo while another plays Counterstrike.

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April 24, 2011 at 20:25:49
Client versions of Windows have supported multiple user accounts and users for a long time, but only one at a time. However many input devices you might manage to configure, however many monitors, desktops, applications, etc, there can be only one active window at any given time. All user interaction is with that one window. This is a basic concept in Windows. No special hardware, configuration, or third party software can change this.

Server versions of Windows allow one locally logged in user plus a number of others logged in via terminal services. No client version of Windows has ever supported this. But even then there can be only one locally logged in user active at any given time.


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