Sunday, 21 Jan 2018

How to Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10

For some people fast user switching could be a good option, while for others its not. If you are among those who don’t like it and want to disable fast user switching in Windows 10, this article can be very helpful. I’ll explain two easiest methods of disabling fast user switching in Windows 10.

Fast user switching can be a good option in the sense that it let you switch between separate users accounts on the same computer without quitting the programs running.

For example if you are working on something and then suddenly your friend comes and requests you to use your laptop or computer, you can fast switch user and let your friend use your computer/ laptop. You need not to close the files that you were working on.

You can leave those Ms Excel, Word, Powerpoint files or any other program opened and switch to other account for your friend.  Your friend can open any of the program and work on that including Ms Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.

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This can be helpful if two users have to share same computer or laptop at some point of time but it could be troublesome at the same. Logging with multiple user accounts means more utilisation of computer memory and the processor which can slow down your computer to great extent. It may result in your computer being frozen.

Moreover, you can not re-start your computer until the other user logs off. It can be really annoying if the other user after using your computer for few mins gives it back to you without logging off. If you restart, it might result in loss of important data that this user might haven’t saved.

How to disable Fast user switching in Windows 10

There is a ways to disable fast user switching in Windows 10 (it will be applicable for Windows 8, 8.1 & Windows 7 too). Infact there is two ways of doing that. These methods will hide the option of fast user switching which is equivalent to disabling it.

Don’t worry if any time in future you need to enable this option, you can do that pretty easily as well. Take a look at the both methods.

Method:1- Disable Fast user switching in Windows with Registry Editor

I am discussing both the methods and you can chose the one which suits you better.

In the first method, we will disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10 using Registry Editor. Here is the steps:

Step:1– Press Windows + R and type “regedit” in Run command and hit enter or click “OK”

Press Win + R

Step:2– The registry editor will open. Head over to the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System


Open Registry Editor

Step:3- Look for the file that reads “HideFastUserSwitching” from the right hand side files list. This file should be there. In case you don’t this file, you need to create one.

Right click “System” folder as shown in below image and then to “New” and then select “DWORD (32-bits) Value” or “QWORD (64-bit) Value” based on your operating system. A new file will be created. Name is as “HideFastUserSwitching” and press enter.

Disabling Fast user switch

Step:4- Double click the file you have just created (or the file you have found already) and set the “Value data” to 1 and then press “OK”. Take a look at below image for better understanding.

Step:5– Try to fast switch user, you wouldn’t find any option to do that ! That’s all !

In case you have to enable Fast User Switching in Windows 10, right click the file we have created (or already have) and set the value to 0.

Enable user switching

Method:2- Disable Fast user switching in Windows with Group Policy

This is my preferred method when I’ve to do fast switch user. There is no special reason though, its just I find it convenient. Take a look:

Step:1– Press Win + R and type “gpedit”

Open Group Policy in windows

Step:2- Local Group Policy Editor will be opened as below.

Open Group policy

Step:3- Go to following path:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.


Disable Fast User switching

Step:4– Look for the file that reads “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching“. Double click this file and you will see options like below image.


Fast user Switching in Windows 10

Step:5– By default the “Not configured” radio button must be selected. Change it to “Enable” then click “Apply” and finally “Ok”

Congratulations, you have disabled fast user switching in Windows 10 using Registry Editor! If you want to enable it, chose “Disable”.

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