How To Enable And Disable Fast User Switching In Windows 10

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    How To Enable And Disable Fast User Switching In Windows 10

    Fast User Switching can be very helpful for all Windows 10 users who share a PC. Just like the name of this function suggests, it is all about moving from one user account to another, with ease. Nevertheless, aside from easy switching, you also get to do it without interrupting any running application. Below we’ll explain how to enable and disable fast user switching on Windows 10

    Say someone is working on your computer, logged on his own account. And you need to log in to your account. Thanks to the Fast User Switching in Windows 10, you get to do that without making him to log out. That user remains logged in, with all his opened files, folders and applications in progress, while you access your own account. How cool is that?

    If you’re interested in mastering this function, bellow you will find two different strategies for enabling it. One relies on the Group Policy, while the other one involves some tweaks in the Windows registry.

    Method #1 – Enable Fast User Switching From Group Policy 


    In order to access the Local Group Policy Editor, you will have to run a special command in the Run dialog box:


    1. Simultaneously press the Windows key and the R key from your keyboard;
    2. In the newly opened Run dialog box, type in msc;
    3. Hit the Enter key.

    Once you have the Local Group Policy Editor opened on your desktop, you should follow this path:



    1. Local Computer Policy;
    2. Computer Configuration;
    3. Administrative Templates;
    4. System;
    5. Logon;
    6. Open “Hide entry points for fast user switching”;


    • If you want to turn off Fast User Switching, select the option Enabled;
    • If you want to turn on Fast User Switching, select the option Disable.



    That’s pretty simple and straightforward for enabling and disabling fast user switching on Windows 10, right? But let’s move on to the second option we promised to show you.

    Method #2 – Enable Fast User Switching From Windows Registry 


    Again, you will have to use the Run dialog box, but this time you will type in a different command:


    1. Simultaneously press the Windows key and the R key from your keyboard;
    2. In the newly opened Run dialog box, type in regedit;
    3. Hit the Enter key.



    Once you have the Registry Editor opened on your desktop, you should follow this path:


    1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    2. SOFTWARE
    3. Microsoft
    4. Windows
    5. CurrentVersion
    6. Policies
    7. System
    8. Try to identify the value HideFastUserSwitching and double-click on it
    9. Go to Value data and


    • Set it to 1 if you want to disable the Fast User Switching
    • Set it to 0 if you want to enable the Fast User Switching



    Note: in case you cannot find any HideFastUserSwitching in the System folder, you will have to create it:


    1. Right-click on the folder System
    2. Click on “New DWORD 32-bit value”
    3. Type in the name of the value you are about to create HideFastUserSwitching
    4. Hit the Enter key to create it
    5. Continue with the steps from above



    Feel free to use any of these two options. Do not worry about going into the Registry editor, as long as you do nothing else than the steps from above, things will turn out ok. Hopefully after reading this guide, you’ll know how to enable and disable fast user switching in Windows 10.