Disable Fast User Switching on Windows 10

Fast User Switching allows users to log on to the computer while another user is still logged on. This feature is quite useful to users. But what is also two sides, besides the positive side, also have the limitation. Suppose if another user has logged in and you can not start or shut down the computer, the risk of losing the data or the file opened is very high.

If you have multiple user accounts on your computer and you do not use Fast User Switching, you can disable Fast User Switching by using the Windows Registry or the Local Group Policy Editor.

1. For Windows Home edition users: Use the Registry to disable Fast User Switching

If you use the Windows Home edition, you will have to edit the Windows Registry to disable Fast User Switching. If using a Windows Pro or Enterprise edition, use the Group Policy Editor.

Note:

Registry Editor is a fairly powerful tool that can affect your system. Therefore, you should back up the Registry Editor to prevent the registry from appearing in the registry.

First open the Registry Editor by typing regedit into the Search box on the Start Menu and pressing Enter. If the UAC window appears, click Yes to allow changes to your computer.

On the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem

Next proceed to create a new value in the System key. Right-click the System key, and then select New => DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this new value HideFastUserSwitching.

Double-click on the value HideFastUserSwitching to open the Properties window. Here you change the value in the Value data box from 0 to 1 and click OK.

Now you can close the Registry Editor window. Then log out the current user account and then log back in to any account you want or restart your computer.

After logging in you can check the changes by opening the Start Menu and confirming the option to switch accounts that are no longer displayed.

If you want to make changes to the old settings, follow the same steps and set the HideFastUserSwitching value to 0 or delete the HideFastUserSwitching value.

2. Use the Registry Editor available

If you do not want to manually edit the Registry, you can use the Registry Editor to disable Fast User Switching.

Fast User Switching Hacks on the machine and install.

Next, proceed to extract the Fast User Switching Hacks file that you downloaded. You will now see two files, Disable Fast User Switching and “Enable Fast User Switching (Default).” Double click on Disable Fast User Switching to disable Fast User Switching.

For Windows Pro and Enterprise users: Use the Local Group Policy Editor to disable Fast User Switching

If using the Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise version, the fastest way to disable Fast User Switching is to use the Local Group Policy Editor.

First on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, type gpedit.msc in the Search box on the Start Menu and hit enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

On the Local Group Policy Editor window, in the left pane, navigate to the following key:

Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => System > Logon

In the right pane, find the setting called Hide entry points for Fast User Switching and double click on it.

At this point on the screen appears Properties window, where you select Enabled and click OK.

Finally, close the Local Group Policy Editor window, log off your current account, then log back in or restart your computer.

After logging in you can check the changes by opening the Start Menu and confirming the option to switch accounts that are no longer displayed.

If you want to make changes to the old settings, follow the same steps and set the option to Disabled or Not Configured.