How to Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10

How to Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10

  • August 23, 2017

Fast User Switching in Windows 10 is really a great feature. Its main purpose is to help switch from one account to another while keeping another user logged in. Well, it’s a good way to have a shared computer but it can become a headache sometimes.

It’s because when you use multiple accounts all at once they all take up resources and memory. This tends to slow down your computer leading to an overall decrease in efficiency.

And a slow computer is the most annoying thing ever. So, if you don’t want this feature at all, then stay tuned because I’ll be telling you how you can disable Fast User Switching.

Steps to Disable Fast User Switching

Method 1 - Disable using Group Policy

It’s for Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, one of the easiest ways to disable Fast User Switching. The group policy really comes in handy here.

To disable Fast User Switching using Group Policy, you have to:

  • First, go to Run command (use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open it). Type msc and then click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • After that go to Configuration and then Administrative Templates.
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  • In Administrative Templates look for System and then Logon.
  • On the right side, double-click the Hide entry points for Fast User Switching policy.
  • Then select the Enabled
  • Click Apply.
  • Click OK.
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There, you’re done. You got rid of the burden.

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Method 2 - Disable using Registry

The Local Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows 10 Home. SO, what can you do? Well, you have to do some extra digging but it will be worth it. You just have to modify the Registry to disable the Fast User Switching feature.

Although you should know that editing the registry is a bit risky. So, if you mess it up it might cause irreversible damage to your computer.

To disable Fast User Switching using the Registry, you have to:

  • First, go to Run command (use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open it). Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
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  • Once you’re in Registry follow this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem

(You can copy and paste the path in the Registry's address bar to jump to the location. That way you will find the right location where you need to make changes)

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  • After that right-click on the right side of System, then select New and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10

  • Next, name the key HideFastSwitching and press Enter.

  • After that, double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value to 1.
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  • Click OK.
  • Reboot your device once you’re done doing all the steps.
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If you want to re-enable the feature for some reason, just use the same steps to jump to System. Double-click the HideFastSwitching DWORD and change its value to 0. But you can also Delete HideFastSwitching to remove the item.

Just to be clear, you will not delete the feature permanently from Windows 10 but only Disable it from the start menu. It won't be in the Sign-in page or Task Manager also. But other user’s just won’t have any access to it and won’t force to save your work and sign out. So, Disable the Fast User Switching in Windows 10 and enjoy the freedom!

About the Author Hasib Bin Anowar

Hasib is a born geek and loves tweaking his computer and gadgets for effectiveness and productivity. At WindowsChimp, he specializes in writing Tutorial guides and discovering new hacks to share.

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