This tutorial shows you how to remove an irritating feature of Windows Vista, known as “Fast User Switching”. Using this feature just allows you to run multiple login account parallel to each other, although doing such will dramatically affect the performance of each of the logins. Overall, this is an unnecessary feature that can be disabled quickly and easily. Read below to find out how you can disable this feature in under a minute.
There are two methods used in order to disable this feature. The first method is below:
The first thing you must do is open the “Run” dialogue. To do so, you must open the “start” button and then type into the “Search” bar the text below:
Once you have entered the text above, you must hit the “Enter” key. This will open the “Group Policy Editor” window. What you must do in this window is navigate to the location below:
Local Computer Policy –> Administrative Templates –> System –> Logon
Once you have navigated to the location above, you must set the option “Hide entry points for Fast User Switching” to “Enabled”.
Now, assuming the above settings worked on your specific version of Windows Vista, the ”Fast User Switching” option will now stop appearing in the Login UI (Login User Interface), the Task Manager and also the Windows “start” menu.
If the above method did not work then you may try the method below. The most common reason for the above method not working is the fact that certain versions of Windows Vista do not come with the “Group Policy Editor” software. If this is the case and the above method will not work then you should try the registry method below.
In order to use the registry method to deactivate the “Fast User Switching” option, you must first open the Windows Vista registry. To do so you must hold the “Windows” key and then tap the “R” key once, doing this will open the “Run” dialogue, which you are about to use to open the “Registry Editor”.
Once the “Run” dialogue is open you must type the text below into the text box and then hit the “Enter” key or click the “OK” button:
Once you have entered the above text and hit the “Enter” key or clicked the “OK” button, you will now have an open “Registry Editor” window. The first thing you must do with this window is navigate to the location below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System
Now right click in an open, white space in the right window pane and select “New” and then select “DWORD Value” and name the value using the text exactly as shown below:
Then change the value of the key to the following:
Once you have changed the value and hit enter, the value will now show “1”.
You can now close the “Registry Editor” by clicking the red “X” in the top right side of the window.
Now you must restart your computer for the changes to take effect (sometimes the feature will deactivate without having to restart, although it never hurts to restart just to be sure).
Well done, the feature will now be deactivated and you can enjoy your computer without the irritating “Fast User Switching” feature. Enjoy your newfound Windows Vista knowledge.