Enable Fast User Switching in Windows 8

This has probably been my biggest pet-peeve with windows 8 is that there isn’t LOGOUT buttons anywhere

This means I’ve been rebooting whenever I want to change users LOL

Well I finally decided to ask Google how to fix this, I found a good article for fixing this problem.

Enable Fast User Switching in Windows 8
Introduction

This article explains how to enable Fast User Switching in Windows 8. Windows 8 shows your name with your account picture at the right corner of the Start Screen. You can click on it to open it and provide your options such as Change Account Picture, Lock or Sign out from the current account. If you can access another account then you click on whatever account you want.

If however you have “Disabled” or “Not Configured” this setting then the user will see the Switch User Interfacein the Task Manager, Logon UI and Start Menu. If you click on the “Disabled” Button then the Switch User Interface is accessible to the user.

How to Enable Fast User Switching in Windows 8

Step 1

In the Windows 8 OS, you can move the cursor on the right bottom and click on the search box. In the search box, you can specify what you want.

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Step 2

In the search box you enter the “gpedit.msc” under the application tab and click on the window that is shown:

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Step 3

In the window that is shown, you will see the “Local Group Policy Editor” window:

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Step 4

In this step I want to Enable Fast User Switching in Windows 8. Click on the Computer Configuration sub-category Administrative Template sub-category System sub-category Logon and click on the “Hide entry Points for Fast User Switching”.

Computer Configuration << Administrative Template << System << Logon

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Step 5

In this step right-click on the “Hide entry Points for Fast User Switching” and select the edit tab and click on the edit tab.

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Step 6

In this step, if you click on “Disabled” or “Not Configured” then you will see the Switch User Interface and click on either the Apply or OK Button.

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