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Windows 7: Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User

Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User

How to Add or Remove "Switch User" from CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen and Start Menu
Published by Brink
11 Feb 2010
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How to Add or Remove "Switch User" from CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen and Start Menu

information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove the Switch User option in the Windows 7 CTRL+ALT+DELETE screen, Lock Computer screen, and Start Menu arrow menu for all users on the computer.
Note   Note
Fast User Switching or Switch User is a feature only included in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

The Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium editions do not have this feature included since they do not have the C:\Windows\System32\tsdiscon.exe file. It is a part of Terminal Services.

EXAMPLE: CTRL+ALT+DEL screen
NOTE: This is when you press CTRL+ALT+DEL with Switch User added by default (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below).
Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User-switch_user_added1.jpg

Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User-switch_user_removed1.jpg
EXAMPLE: Lock Computer screen
NOTE: This is when you press Windows Key+L, or Lock in Start Menu,with the Switch User button added by default (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below).
Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User-switch_user_added2.jpg

Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User-switch_user_removed2.jpg
EXAMPLE: Start Menu arrow menu
NOTE: This is the Start Menu arrow menu with Switch User added by default (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below)
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Add Switch User to CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Switch_User_CTRL+ALT+DEL.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Remove Switch User from CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Switch_User_CTRL+ALT+DEL.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

7. Restart the computer to fully apply.



OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and Logon. (See screenshot below)
Ctrl+Alt+Del and Start Menu - Add or Remove Switch User-switch_user_group_policy.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Hide entry points for Fast User Switching and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Add Switch User to CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Remove Switch User from CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. Restart the computer to fully apply.
That's it,
Shawn





11 Feb 2010   #1
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the Tutorial
Good Job Shawn ...!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Shyam.
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05 Aug 2011   #3
DalekOverSeer

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

cool just what i was looking for. i could do this through gpedit. now i only have logoff on the screen. thanks
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05 Aug 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome DalekOverSeer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2012   #5
Verdepro

Windows 7, Home premium x64
 
 
How to remove switch user in windows 7

Shawn,

I have followed your instructions in downloading the "remove switch user" that is posted in this thread and when I click "Merge" another little windows pups up and gives me the option of "Run or Cancel" When I click "Run" another windows opens up with the following writing: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"HideFastUserSwitching"=dword:00000001

But it does not give an option to run it. It only tells me the content of it. Can you help me? Thanks in advance.

Verdepro
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Verdepro, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you may have .reg files being opened by Notepad by mistake. Check in Default Programs to set the reg file extension to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe). Afterwards, try merging the REG file again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2012   #7
Verdepro

Windows 7, Home premium x64
 
 

Hi Shawn:

I'm sorry but I can't change Notepad to stop opening. Forgive my ignorance but how do I "Check in Default Programs to set the reg file extension to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe). Afterwards, try merging the REG file again."

I went to Control Panel, Default programs and then I get stuck since I do not know what I'm doing.

I have download "exefix_cu.reg with the same results: Notepad opens up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Verdepro,

You can use OPTION TWO after clicking on the link in my post to help show you how to step by step.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2012   #9
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

You added "How to Add or Remove Lock Computer from the CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen" twice to the related tutorials.
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