Guide to Enabling or Disabling Fast User Switching in Windows 10

Sluggish computers are always productivity killers for all of us. And if you are a user who regularly needs to switch their user accounts on your computer system many times a day, then sometime it might irritate for the user. It is only because both the account has some programs or applications running and resources allotted to them, and this will make the process slow. And sometimes, if your system is showing low on performance, then it will automatically kill the natural fluidic flow of the users.

Here you can check out the procedure of how to enabling or disabling Fast Switching in Windows 10 computer or how to make this task of User Switching faster by using some minor tweaks on Windows 10. But before starting the process, we advise you to use the given steps in the given series as it will save your time and take fewer efforts.

Steps to Enabling or Disabling Fast User Switching in Windows 10

Below we will be explaining two methods for enabling or disabling the fast user switching on Windows 10/8/7 computers:

  • By Using Registry Editor
  • By Using Group Policy Editor

Method-1: By Using Registry Editor

  1. Press the WINKEY + R buttons together on your keyboard to open Run utility on your screen.
  2. Type the same word ‘regedit’ on your screen.
  3. Then, Press Enter.
  4. Once Registry Editor opened, then go to the below-given key-
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  1. Now, right-click on the System option and then choose New and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  2. Next, Give a name to this newly created DWORD as HideFastUserSwitching.
  3. Double-click on HideFastUserSwitching option, and change its value to 0to enable it.
  4. If you want to disable it, change its value to 1.
  5. Lastly, restart your system for all changes to take effect.

Method-2: By Using Group Policy Editor

Before starting the process, we want to let you know that this method will not work with the Windows 10 Home Edition. It is because this Group Policy Editor does not come with the Windows 10 Home.

Follow the below given steps:

  1. Press the WINKEY + R button together to start the Run box.
  2. Type the word ‘gpedit.msc’ on your screen.
  3. Next, press Enter.
  4. Now, move to the below-given path inside the Group Policy Editor-
  • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon
  1. Double-click on the configuration listing called as hiding entry points for Fast User Switching to open the configuration page on your screen.
  2. Alternatively, choose Enabled to Disable Fast User Switching option, or you can choose Disabled or Not Configures to Enable Fast User Switching option. However, it completely depends on the preference of the users.
  3. Click on the OK option.
  4. Then, exit Group Editor Policy page.

Restart your computer to take effects the changes.

Maria Thomas is a Microsoft Office expert and her been working in the technical industry since 2004. As a technical expert, Maria has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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