Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've set-up two separate user profiles on an old laptop running Windows-XP, and noted the following strange behaviour.
When the wireless network is setup using WEP both user profiles can connect to the internet and I can switch between user profiles, without network connectivity issues.
However when I changed the wireless security to WPA2, the first user to connect gets access to the internet, when switching to the second profile the connection fails.
The behaviour is the same regardless of which of the two profiles logs on first.
I also tried this with one user with admin rights and one without, and got the same result.

I'm not too concerned about a fix for this other than forcing the users to log-off when sharing the laptop, but I'd be interested to know if anyone can corroborate my findings.

The network config was done using Intel® PROSet/Wireless.

share|improve this question

I am having the same issue with a Dell Latitude D630 notebook and the same Intel® PROSet/Wireless connection.

I decided to disable Fast User Switching and just have users log off if someone else needs to use the laptop. Also, this is with XP Pro 32 bit SP3.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.