Windows 10: how do we switch users without signing out?

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  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home version 1703
       13 Oct 2017 #1

    how do we switch users without signing out?


    We’ve had trouble switching between 2 users. We never had a “switch users” option. We would click on the icon for the other user and at first it worked. Then it started locking up the computer and the only way we could switch was to sign out and the other user sign in. Now it doesn’t even show the second user if the first user hasn’t signed out.
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  2. Posts : 8,270
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       13 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi jicecube. Welcome to the TenForums @jicecube

    What version and build of 10 are you on?

    Windows Key + R, type winver, enter.

    Are you experiencing any other issues? Have you run sfc /scannow and is it reporting clean?

    When you are on the desktop of the user currently signed in if you press ALT + F4 are you presented a menu and does that menu contain "Switch Users"?


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home version 1703
    Thread Starter
       13 Oct 2017 #3

    1703 OS Build 15063.674

    don't know about sfc /scannow - can try
    menu I get from ALT+F4 on desktop only has options - sign out, sleep, restart
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  4.    13 Oct 2017 #4

    You could try Classic Shell, written by a forum member, which tweaks Start Menu and file explorer settings to mimic past Windows OS's. - http://www.classicshell.net/downloads/
    Here's my Start Menu -
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  5. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home version 1703
    Thread Starter
       13 Oct 2017 #5

    when try the sfc /scannow I get "another servicing or repair operation is currently running. Wait for this to finish and run sfc again. ???
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  6. Posts : 5,182
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       13 Oct 2017 #6

    jicecube said: View Post
    We’ve had trouble switching between 2 users. We never had a “switch users” option. We would click on the icon for the other user and at first it worked. Then it started locking up the computer and the only way we could switch was to sign out and the other user sign in. Now it doesn’t even show the second user if the first user hasn’t signed out.
    Press Ctrl + ALT + Del keys > you will see Switch User option there.
    Something like below :

    Switch User in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

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    Last edited by Brink; 13 Oct 2017 at 09:18. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  7. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home version 1703
    Thread Starter
       13 Oct 2017 #7

    I think I've fixed it - I went in and found the "hide fast user key" and changed it from 1 to 0. Now "switch user" appears when I Press Ctrl + ALT + Del keys. Also now when I click on my icon with the Windows key it now shows the name of the other user and I seem to be able to switch between users. Thanks for everyone's help. If I run into problems again I'll be back, but hopefully this solved this issuer.
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  8. Posts : 7,689
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       13 Oct 2017 #8

    jicecube said: View Post
    I think I've fixed it - I went in and found the "hide fast user key" and changed it from 1 to 0.
    If this is Pro there's a group policy that sets that key, perhaps you accidentally set it? If it's Home I can't imagine how it got set, but you found the right key by the sounds of it.

    Enable or Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Oct 2017 at 13:37. Reason: updated link
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  9. Posts : 8,270
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       13 Oct 2017 #9

    jicecube said: View Post
    when try the sfc /scannow I get "another servicing or repair operation is currently running. Wait for this to finish and run sfc again. ???
    Great you can switch users but did SFC "another servicing or repair operation is currently running" get resolved?
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  10. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home version 1703
    Thread Starter
       13 Oct 2017 #10

    Thanks for the reminder on that Ken! Not sure what happened the first time, but I was able to start the scan which just competed successfully with the message "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."

    Hopefully I'm good to go now! :)
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