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Keep RAS Connections Alive When Switching Users

By: Arie Slob

You might have noticed that when you use the "Switch User" feature of Windows XP, you will lose your RAS (Dial-up and/or certain xDSL connections) connection. You can avoid this by entering the following to your registry:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon
  3. Right-click an empty space in the right-hand pane, and from the menu select New > String value
  4. Name the new value KeepRASConnections
  5. Right-click the KeepRASConnections value, and choose Modify from the menu
  6. Enter 1 as the Value data
  7. Close the registry editor and log off from Windows for the changes to take effect

Next time you switch user (Start > Log Off > Switch User), you won't lose your connection!

This is one of the functions performed by:

Tweaking Toolbox XP