So what’s the fast user switching feature on Windows 10 and how can you disable it? Well, It’s a really common question which many Windows users normally ask. Fast user switching is a feature where you can have multiple accounts saved on your Windows 10 computer on the start menu. For some people, it’s a really useful innovation where you can instantly sign in to your computer with another account without having the need to sign out, a feature specially made for shared computers. And the rest are looking for a guide to disable fast user switching as it might not bring them any value.
Indeed it’s an easy way to switch accounts and let other users use the machine without disturbing other user’s work and this superior feature is only available in Windows 7,8 and 10 only. But the thing is there are multiple users logged in with different accounts into the same device! and you might not like it as you might want to customise your computer only for yourself. You might not want someone else using your computer such as anyone from your office or a family member. Having multiple users on fast switching can also affect your computer’s hardware either in the CPU, HDD, GPU etc. As the other users also utilize the system. So fast user switching isn’t something which is necessary for your device and you can try disabling it as well.
If you think the fast user switching feature is something which you wanna disable on your Windows 10 computer as it brings you no value. We are gonna show you two ways with a full step-by-step guide on how you can disable fast user switching using the Group policy and the Registry. So without any further ado, let’s jump straight into the process.
Disable Fast User Switching Using The Registry Hack Policy
Precaution: Customising your Windows 10 using the registry is a bit unsafe as a simple mistake can cause some serious unwanted damage to your computer. So what else can you do? You can have a back up of everything on your computer before starting the process.
Press the Windows key and then R on your keyboard to open the run command. Then type “regedit” Click “Ok”. You will get a user account control advice to access the Registry Editor. Simply give it a yes. Then you can access the registry.
Erase everything in the address bar and paste the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System (Which is technically the path of expanding of the following: HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE to SOFTWARE to Microsoft to Windows to CurrentVersion to Policies to System).
Right-click on an empty area of the page. Then select New and then create a new DWORD (32 bit) value.
Name the DWORD as “HideFastUserSwitching”
Double click on the new DWORD which you just created. Then you will see, by default, it has a value data set at 0 but you have to change it to 1 and then click ok.
Exit the registry. You can then remove all the other accounts signed into your device. Restart your computer again and after that, you have officially disabled fast user switching on your Windows 10 computer using the Registry. You can now use your computer only for yourself without letting other users sign into it
No doubt it’s a five-minute process which you can implement to disable fast user switching. Later on, if you want to enable the feature, follow the same process and just double click on the FastUserSwitching DWORD and change its value from 1 to 0. Restart your computer again and you will see the fast user switching feature again.
Disable Fast User Switching Using The Group Policy
The second method which you can use to disable fast user switching is by using the group policy. In this guide of ours, we will walk you through step by step on how you can disable fast user switching using the group policy on Windows 10.
Open the run command by pressing the Windows key and R on your keyboard. Then type “gpedit.msc” and then click OK and then it’s gonna open the local group policy editor and land in the computer configuration tab.
Go step by step to this following path: From Computer Configuration go to Administrative Templates then go to System and from there you go to this folder named Logon.
Within the folder Logon, you will see an option which is named as “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching“. Then, double-click on that. You will see an enabled option. Click on that.
Then click on apply and then click on OK.
Restart your computer.
After following the entire process step by step and restarting your computer, you will no longer see the fast user switching feature on Windows 10. You can again enable fast user switching again by visiting the “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching” file again and clicking on the “Not Configured” option.
Disabling your fast user switching feature in Windows 10 is pretty easy and won’t take you more than a few minutes.
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