Windows 10 How to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching

If you have more than one user on your PC or share it with a family member, you likely have to log out and in a lot. Microsoft has kept this in mind, adding a switch user in Windows 10 option that’s known as fast user switching.

The interface can be accessed on most PC’s by clicking the profile icon, via the “ALT + F4” hotkey or via the Windows 10 lock screen. Some users find that the Windows 10 switch user option is missing. This often happens because someone has disabled the feature, and there are some good reasons for doing so.

While fast user switching is useful, you can run into problems when trying to shut your PC down or run software that is already active on the other account. Fast user switching performance is also a topic of hot debate, with signed-in accounts sometimes still using CPU and RAM.

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As a result, we’re going to show you how to disable fast user switching, but we’ll also cover enabling it if Windows 10 switch user is missing.

How to Disable Fast User Switching or Enable it with the Local Group Policy Editor

If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise and are wondering how to disable fast user switching, look no further than the local group policy editor. This is by far the easiest method but Windows 10 Home users will need to look elsewhere.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor


    Press the “Windows” key and type “gpedit”, then click “Edit Group Policy”.

    Windows 10 - Search - Edit Group Policy

  2. Find the Windows 10 fast user switching policy


    In the Local Group Policy Editor sidebar, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon. Double-click the policy in the main pane named “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching”.

    Windows 10 - Gpedit - Computer Configuration Administrative Templates System Logon

  3. Disable fast user switching or turn it on


    In the group policy editing window, set “Hide Entry Points for Fast User Switching” to one of the following:

    Enabled = to disable the switch user
    Disabled = to enable the menu if Windows 10 switch user is missing
    Not Configured = to follow the system defaults

    Make sure you read the help section before making a decision, then click “OK”. Restart your PC or the Explorer process.

    Windows 10 - Gpedit - Hide entry points for Fast User Switching

How to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching with Regedit

Unfortunately, Windows 10 Home users have no option other than making changes to the registry if they want to disable or enable switch user in Windows 10. It’s up to you if you do this via the manual method below or the faster command prompt method further down.

  1. Open the Registry Editor


    Press “Windows +R” and type “regedit” in the dialog box, then press “OK”.

    Windows 10 - run - regedit (1)

  2. Navigate to the Policies key to disable fast switching for the current user


    Paste Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System into your address bar and press “Enter”.

    Windows 10 - Regedit - HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies System

  3. Create a new registry key


    Right-click the empty space and choose “New > Key”.

    Windows 10 - Regedit - New Key

  4. Name the folder “System”


    Windows 10 - Regedit - New Key - System

  5. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value in the System key


    To do so, right-click the empty space in the empty pane and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) value”.

    Windows 10 - Regedit - New Dword

  6. Name the DWORD “HideFastUserSwitching”


    Windows 10 - Regedit - New Dword - HideFastUserSwitching

  7. Enable or disable fast user switching for the current user


    Double-click your new DWORD and change the value data to “1” to hide the switch user option, or “0” to force it to display. Restart your PC or the Explorer process.

    Windows 10 - Regedit - Edit Dword - HideFastUserSwitching

  8. Navigate to the policy key for the entire machine


    You’ll find it at Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.

    Windows 10 - Regit - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE Microsoft Windows Current Version Policies System

  9. Create a new DWORD


    Right-click the empty space in the empty pane and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) value”.

  10. Name the DWORD “HideFastUserSwitching”


    Windows 10 - Regit - Name Dword HideFastUserSwitching

  11. Enable or disable fast user switching for all users


    Double-click your new DWORD and change the value data to “1” to hide the switch user option, or “0” to force it to display. Restart your PC or the Explorer process.

    Windows 10 - Regit - Edit Dword HideFastUserSwitching

How to Enable or Disable Switch User in Windows 10 via CMD

Alternatively, you can use a series of combined commands in Command Prompt to delete or add the relevant registry keys, then restart Explorer.exe so you can apply the changes without a restart.

  1. Open Command Prompt


    Press the “Windows” key, type cmd, and then click “Run as Admin” next to the Command Prompt entry.

    Windows 10 - Open CMD with admin rights

  2. Enter the enable or disable switch user menu command


    To disable the fast user switching interface, paste the following command by copying it and then right-clicking in CMD. Then, press “Enter”.

    powershell -windowstyle hidden -command "Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList '/s,/c,REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /V HideFastUserSwitching /T REG_DWORD /D 00000001 /F & REG Delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /V HideFastUserSwitching /F & taskkill /f /im explorer.exe & start explorer.exe' -Verb runAs"


    To enable it, copy the following command, right-click to paste into CMD, then press “Enter”.

    powershell -windowstyle hidden -command "Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList '/s,/c,REG Delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /V HideFastUserSwitching /F & REG Delete HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /V HideFastUserSwitching /F & taskkill /f /im explorer.exe & start explorer.exe' -Verb runAs"


    Windows 10 - CMD admin - command - Disable Fast User Switching

If you found this tutorial useful, consider reading our guides on how to disable the lock screen and how to configure secure sign-in.

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