How To Enable/Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 7/Vista

Many people using one computer isn’t something rare. It is actually quite common now and for this reason Windows has introduced the Fast User Switching feature, allowing more than one person to long on one computer simultaneously. Once the user is finished with his session, you can return your own account and all your programs will still be open. There’s more than one way to go about it.

Method: Local Group Policy Editor (Windows 7)

Go to Start and type in gpedit.msc. Press Enter.

Navigate through the new window so you are at the Logon option.

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

Enable “Hide Entry Point for Fast User Switching” to disable the feature. When you enable this, admins can hide the Switch User button on the logon User Interface, Task Manager and the Start Menu.

To enable it, Set the same option as above to Not Configured.


Method 2: Using Registry (Windows Vista)

For Windows Vista, follow the below-mentioned steps.

Go to Start and type regedit.exe. Press Enter to move forward.


Navigate to the following tab: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System

Create a DWORD value with the name HideFastUserSwitching. Right click on the right side of the editor and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Set this Value date as HideFastUserSwitching to the number 1.

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