How to Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10

By using the fast user switching feature, the user can switch to a different user account without quitting the running applications and logging out. This feature is quite useful for the multi-user operating system. Some users don’t like this feature; therefore, in this guide, we will walk you through how to disable fast user switching in Windows 10.

How to Disable Fast User Switching

There are two ways to disable fast user switching in Windows 10; you can disable using either Group policy editor or Registry editor. But if you’re using Windows 10 Home, you should use registry editor because group policy editor is not enabled on Windows 10 home edition.

Although Group policy is not enabled by default, you can enable Group policy editor on Windows 10 home by running a simple script on PowerShell.

Method 1: Using Group Policy Editor

  1. First of all, open the Run Box using Windows+R shortcut key.
  2. Type gpedit.msc in the Run Box, then hit the enter button on the keybaord.
  3. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.
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  1. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following directory: Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Logon
  2. Find the policy, called “Hide Entry Points for Fast User Switching”, then double click on it to open the properties.
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  1. By default, this policy is not configured, select the Enable option, then click the Apply button to enable the policy.

Once this policy is enabled, the fast user switching mode will be disabled for the user who is attempting to log on or is logged on to the computer that has this policy applied.

To enable the “Fast user switching mode” again, you will have to disable this policy.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

  1. First of all, open the RUN box using “Windows logo + R” shortcut key
  2. Type regedit.exe in the Run box, then hit the Enter button on the keybaord.
  3. This will open the Registry Editor where you can manage all the registry keys.
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  1. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following directory: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System
  2. Then, right-click and create a New DWORD(32-bit) Value with the name HideFastUserSwitching.
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  1. Open “HideFastUserSwitching” DWORD key you created and change the Value data from 0 to 1, then click the Ok. 
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Now fast user switching interface will be hidden from the user who is currently logged in or is attempting to log in. In future, if you want to enable “Switch user interface” again, either delete this key-value or change the value data to 0.

I hope this guide is useful for you, and if you’re having any problem, please comment below.

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