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Multiple users per PC?

Kalistol
  • 54 months ago

Hi, all. I've got a question.

I'm wanting to build a "guest PC" for when my console gamer friends come over to hang out. I've got an extensive catalog of non-Steam games for LAN gaming. What I want to do is connect two sets of monitors, keyboards, and mice; and have two users logged into the same PC at once. Is there any way to do this?

Thanks in advance, -Kalistol

EDIT: Online ping latency isn't an issue for me as this will just be browsing the web and LAN gaming. Local input-to-output latency is more of an issue. Operating system will be Windows 7 Professional 64-bit will be the OS.

Edit 2: Question solved by ArchiMarK.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Natively it's not supported by Windows, but there seem to be some software solutions that can arrange this (e.g. SoftXpand but this doesn't work with win 8.1 apparently). Not sure what the effect on the performance would be or what it would mean when connecting to online gaming (with the ip being the same for both users), but it's something you can check out.

There seems to be a whole Reddit thread about this very same thing dating from a year ago. Might be a good point to start.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll check those out.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect! SoftXpand was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks, man!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

NP! Good luck setting things up ;)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

LinusTechTips actually just recently did this using Virtual Machines

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This is more stable on GNU+Linux, but even there (I think) it's usually done with each user having their own 'thin client'.

https://www.google.com/search?q=multi+user+desktop+linux&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, Linux. A great OS for flexibility, but unfortunately not for modern gaming. Thank you, but I'm looking for something else.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree. I feel bad dedicating a larger partition to Windows, considering everything Microsoft has done to the platform. Hell, Windows 7 is decent (still prefer Mint's features), but they've completely butchered it since Windows 8.

Are the Windows mechanics patented or what? How come nobody's "cracked the code" for compatibility? It'd be nice to see a Linux distro with full compatibility. It'd destroy Windows in competition! Heh, they could call it "Linux Baseball."

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

LinusTechTips did an entire video on how to create virtual computers step-by-step about a week ago. I really suggest you check it out. I am really considering a virtualization rig consisting of a quad-core i5 or i7 and dual GTX 950s or 960s for dual 1080p LAN gaming with a friend. Each computer will only be using the equivalent of an i3 if I use an i7, which is good enough for 1080p

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the funniest thing I've seen all week.

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