Windows 7 Home Premium - Fast User Switching

I'd would like to disable fast user switching in Windows 7 Home Premium. There isn't a group policy editor in Home Premium to do this so how can this be accomplished? If it cannot be directly disabled please let me know how I can disable the switch user displayed both in both the login screen and the shutdown menu.


Hi jv59,

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Since Group Policy Editor is not available in Home Premium version of Windows 7, the other way of disabling it is through registry editor.

Important: This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Back up the registry


1)       Click Start, type regedit.exe in the Start Search or Run dialog box and press Enter.

2)       Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System

3)       Create a DWORD (32-bit) Value named HideFastUserSwitching by right clicking on the right side of the editor and selecting New >  DWORD(32bit) Value.

4)       Set the Value data for HideFastUserSwitching to 0 to disable fast user switching.

5)       In future if you want to enable fast user switching, set the value data for HideFastUserSwitching to 1.

Having done so, log off to see the changes. Fast User Switching should be disable after performing the steps above.



Shinmila H - Microsoft Support

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Last updated December 23, 2018 Views 40,366 Applies to: