SOLVED! Windows 10 Can’t Switch User

For ease of convenience, the Windows operating system is designed to support more than one user. Thus, in times of need, it’s possible to create multiple user accounts on Windows computers and users can switch between them at will. Usually, Windows users don’t have to do much to switch user accounts but it’s noteworthy that issues still appear from time to time. Hence, it’s not uncommon to see complaints about Windows 10 can’t switch user in Microsoft forums. 

Unable To Switch Users On Windows 10: Causes

All sorts of issues could prevent Windows 10 users from switching user accounts. For instance, if people have yet to create more than one user account, the OS is going to hide the option to switch users. Besides that, issues with the local user groups as well as user accounts also complicate the switching of users. 

How To Switch User

Create A New User Account 

You only have one user account on your Windows 10 computer at the moment? In that case, it’s natural for Switch user to be unavailable regardless of what you do. To get the option to switch user to appear, all you need to do is to create a new user account.

  • Step 1: Click Start menu and choose the gear icon to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Choose Accounts then  navigate to Family & other users on the left
  • Step 3: Hit Add someone else to the PC, select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information and choose Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  • Step 4: Enter username, password, and a password hint as you wish then hit Next.

Assuming that you don’t mess up, a new user account will be added to your Windows OS. That would introduce Switch user to the computer. 

Enable Fast User Switching

In the case that you have several user accounts but still cannot find Switch user, you should enable Fast User Switching. As the name suggests, Fast User Switching allows Windows users to switch between accounts in a blink of an eye. 

You could enable Fast User Switching in two ways: manual and BAT file

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Manual 

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R, type regedit and hit OK to open Registry Editor 
  • Step 2: Pass the following into Registry Editor’s address bar and press Enter:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Note: If System is missing here, you have to create a new one. Right-click on an empty space, choose New then hit Key. Finally, name the folder as System.

  • Step 3: In System, right-click on an empty space and select New then choose DWORD (32-bit) value and name it HideFastUserSwitching.
  • Step 4: Double click DWORD value, set it to ‘0’, and hit OK.

Close Registry Editor and restart your PC. 

BAT File

If you lack the patience to enable Fast User Switching manually, feel free to resort to a .bat file. 

  • Step 1: Download the .bat file by clicking the link
  • Step 2: Go to the .bat file, open it and click yes for User Account Control (UAC).
  • Step 3: You may see the screen flicker, you don’t need to be alarmed as it is caused by the quick opening and closing of the command prompt to apply the registry changes.
  • Step 4: When the process completes, delete the .bat file and restart your computer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Can I Bypass Other Users In Windows 10?

Getting stuck at “Other user” upon startup with no other user account set up is a problem that bugs many Windows users. However, you can easily bypass it by using Safe Mode.

  • Step 1: Hold Shift, select the restart and wait for the WEFI screen to open 
  • Step 2: Choose to troubleshoot and hit Advanced settings.
  • Step 3: Press 4 to select “Safe Mode” and your computer would boot in Safe Mode.

What Are The Causes For Windows Registry Corruption In Windows 10?

Prominent causes of Windows registry corruption in Windows 10 consist of corrupted system files, the presence of malware, and so on. Sometimes, hardware issues also lead to Windows registry corruption. Last but not least, if your computer experience power outages and improper shutdowns, the Windows registry could become corrupted too.

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