Enable/Disable Fast User Switching In Windows 10

The Fast User Switching Feature helps you switch between different accounts on your computer easily. The feature becomes essential if the same system is shared by different members of a family or a group of friends. However, it has its downside as well. It often leads to a resource crunch as the programs of other account keep running which can sometimes consume considerable resources. Consequently, you have a slow and prolonged running system. A way out is to disable the user switching option in the latest Windows 10. The move would force all users to log off their account and thus all resources can be used on the account that would be operating at that time. In Windows 10, you can achieve this in two different ways. Let’s check them out:

Method 1: Disable Fast User Switching using Group Policy

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This option is not available in the home version of Windows 10 unless you have manually enabled it. However, it is available in the Pro and Enterprise version and is the best and fastest method to disable the fast user switching feature. Follow the below-mentioned steps:

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  • Open the run command window by pressing Windows and R key simultaneously.
  • In the given bar, key in ‘gpedit.msc’ and click OK.
  • The Local Group Policy Editor Window would open.
  • Navigate through ‘Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon
  • In the right pane, locate ‘Hide entry points for Fast User Switching’ policy and double-click it.
  • Select the option, ‘Enabled’ and then Apply and OK.
  • Restart the computer and find the Fast User Switching feature missing from the user profile menu of the Start tab.

Method 2: Disable Fast User Switching using Registry

This method can be used in all versions of Windows 10. However, you must remember that editing the registry is a high-risk move. It can cause irreversible damage to your computer. Hence, you must always take a full backup of your PC as well as registry before proceeding with this method. Once done, follow the below-mentioned steps:-

  • Open the Run command by pressing Windows and R key simultaneously.
  • Type ‘regedit’ in the Run command bar and press Enter/OK.
  • The registry window would open up. Here navigate the following path to the key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

  • Now, on the right side pane, locate the value called “HideFastUserSwitching”. Double click it and change its ‘Value Data’ to 1 to disable the Fast User Switching value. If you desire to enable this feature in future, just reset this value to ‘0.’
  • Close everything and restart the computer to let the change take effect.
  • Sometimes you do not find the entry “HideFastUserSwitching” in the system pane. In that scenario, right click on the right pane of ‘System’ and click New. Select DWORD (32-bit) Value. Give the new key the name, HideFastSwitching and press Next, follow the same steps as before and set its Value Data to 1. Restart the computer and you are done.

We hope, this help article would have resolved your dilemma. Keep watching this blog for more useful articles.

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