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Microsoft Windows Resource Kit includes the winexit utility, that can be set up as a screen saver that can automatically logoff the user after a set period of inactivity, similarly to what ActiveExit does. If you are contemplating using winexit instead of ActiveExit, consider the following:

  • winexit replaces the user's screensaver with its own, while ActiveExit does not require that: ActiveExit does not rely on the screen saver functionality in any way. With ActiveExit, users are free to choose their own screen savers without disabling the auto-logoff functionality.
  • For winexit to operate properly, you must configure the appropriate permissions to modify the machine-specific part of the registry, possibly compromising the security of the computer (see Microsoft Support Article 156677 for the details).
  • winexit does not always logoff the user properly, especially if the user has locked the screen before leaving. Instead of logging off, winexit may just create a blank screen, requiring a hard reboot of the workstation to return to the desktop. ActiveExit can log off the users even if their screens are locked or disconnected from the server.
  • winexit may not work for the restricted users. ActiveExit, on the other hand, can log off both the restricted users and administrators.
  • winexit does not have any built-in way of excluding certain user accounts (such as the administrators) from being logged off. ActiveExit allows you to specify which users or user groups should or should not be logged off after inactivity. ActiveExit supports both the local and Active Directory domain accounts and groups.
  • And more! Please refer to ActiveExit User's Guide for more information on what ActiveExit has to offer.

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A major update to ActiveExit released

A new version 10.8 of ActiveExit is available now!

This is a complete rewrite of this software. If you’ve used an older version of ActiveExit, and are considering an upgrade, you may want to review the new User’s Guide to see what ActiveExit is now. You will notice many differences: we’ve simplified the user interface and removed many secondary functions, such as the allowed use schedule, the password protection, the taskbar icon, and so on. If you were relying on ActiveExit for such functions, hold on to the previous version that you already have.

The good news is that ActiveExit now works much better performing the main function it was designed for: to automatically log off users after a period of their inactivity. Here are some of the improvements in the new version:

  • ActiveExit now works with Windows 7 and Vista
  • ActiveExit now supports Windows Servers 2008 and 2003 (including the R2 versions)
  • ActiveExit can now log off automatically even the Remote Desktop users
  • ActiveExit now supports Active Directory and Group Policy
  • ActiveExit now supports unattended installations and updates
  • ActiveExit is now FREE for personal use!

Give the new ActiveExit a try!