Fast user switching is disabled or missing on your Windows 10 system? Unable to switch to a different account as the “Switch user” option is greyed out?
In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to enable or disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
Method 1: Using Registry Trick
Since Group Policy Editor doesn’t come with the Home and Starter editions of Windows, here is another method to enable / disable Fast User Switching using Registry Editor:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and press Enter.
- In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key:
- In the right-side pane, search for the value named HideFastUserSwitching. If it doesn’t exist, you can create one by right-clicking in the empty space on the right pane and choose New –> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Set the Value data for HideFastUserSwitching to 1 if you want to disable the Fast User Switching feature. To re-enable it, change that value to 0.
- Close the Registry Editor. You will have to log off and then log back on for the changes to take effect.
Method 2: Using Local Group Policy Editor
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
- The Local Group Policy Editor console should open. In the left pane, expand the following nodes:
Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon
- In right-side pane, double-click on the “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching” policy and its properties screen will open.
- If you want to turn off / disable the Fast User Switching feature, set it to Enabled. Or click Disabled or “Not configured” to re-enable Fast User Switching.
By disabling the Fast User Switching feature, the “Switch user” option will be greyed out or removed from Windows logon screen,Start menu and the Task Manager.