A Simple Way to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching (Windows 10)

The fast user switching is something which many Windows 10 users have been trying to disable.

But what is this feature in the first place?

This is a feature which was initially launched in Windows 7 and it’s been there since then. “The fast user switching“, enables you to share your Windows 10 computer with multiple different users together.

In simple words whenever you click on your windows key you see that tiny “social” icon on which you click on and then you can change your account. And opt-into the one whichever you prefer to.

This is a feature which is really useful for a computer which has multiple users using it.

But there is one downfall towards having fast user switching enabled…

You will have to share your computer’s hardware with the other users you use your computer as well. Like your Hard Disk space and various other components like your CPU, which will affect your Windows 10 computer’s efficiency. And if you wanna make your Windows 10 computer a bit more secure and personalized.

Like not letting your parents or siblings at home use it. Or either way, your co-workers at your office trying to use your computer and you have personal information stored within it, then disabling this feature is important.

And in this guide, I’m gonna show you exactly on how to disable fast user switching in your Windows 10 computer. So let’s dive right into the process…

Using the registry to Disable fast user switching in Windows 10

So this method is pretty simple but it also might be a bit complicated if you are using the registry for the first time to make changes.

And to disable your fast user switching using the registry, go through the following steps:

Firstly you press your Windows key and R simultaneously and you will see the “Run” command pop up.

There you type in the following:

regedit

using the registry to disable fast user switching

And after that, you press enter. You might also get a small notification from the Registry Editor whether you are sure or not to make some changes in your Windows 10 computer, and you simply accept them. And you will finally enter the registry.

Then you open up the following folders…

From HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to SOFTWARE and then to Microsoft and from there go to CurrentVersion and after that go to Policies and finally to System.

Or paste the following in the location section:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

And after you open up the System folder…

You make a new “Dword”. And to do so right-click on an empty area of the folder and then click on this option named “DWord (32-bit) value”

And name it exactly the following “HideFastUserSwitching“.

Make a dword under the name "Hide fast user switching"

After that, you double click on that file and change the value data in it from zero to one.

change your value data in the dword

And then you click on “OK”.

Then you sign out from the account you are currently signed in and restart your Windows 10 PC and you will see the change. And you will see the fast user switching is disabled.

Either way, if you ever wanna enable this feature ever again then simply change the value data from one to zero again.

Disable the fast user switching feature using the group policy in Windows 10

This is another way in which you can implement to disable the fast user switching in your Windows 10 computer. And it is known as the “Group Policy Method”.

Let’s dive right into the process…

So firstly you press your Windows key and R together again and you will open up the “Run” command just like the previous method.

And then you type in the following,

gpedit.msc

Using the group policy to enable or disable fast user switching

And you will open this thing named the “Local GroupPolicy Editor” through which you can now disable the fast user switching.

So what you do now is go to the Administrative Templates and from there go to System and then go to this folder named as Logon and within that folder, you will see this file named as “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching”.

Hide entry points for Fast User Switching

So you double click on that file and change the option from “Not Configured” to “Enabled”. After that click on “Apply” and then on “OK”.

Easily disable or enable the fast user switching in Group Policy

And then you will easily disable the fast user switching feature from your Windows 10 computer.

Either way, if you want to enable it again in the feature, simply change to the “Not configured” option from Enabled”.

Final Thoughts

In my personal opinion, the group policy is a bit easier than the registry hack, either way, both of them are pretty simple to implement if you follow our guide step by step.

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1 comment on “A Simple Way to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching (Windows 10)

  1. Farista Kabir

    Thanks a lot for the post 🙂
    I can now finally prevent my siblings from touching my computer every now and then and I even feel to have my own personalized touch 😀

    Reply

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