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Basically, my Switch User button has disappeared from the Shut Down menu after installing SP1 under Windows 7 Ultimate.

I've tried some of the workarounds I've seen posted online, namely changing some Registry values, to no avail.

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I think it's worth mentioning I'm running a fresh and clean Windows 7 installation. – Fernando Martin Jun 22 '11 at 3:58
Good, the reason I ask is you have more tools to try, especially gpedit.msc, rather than having to do it all in the registry with the home versions. – KCotreau Jun 22 '11 at 4:02

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Try this: Start>Run>type gpedit.msc and hit enter. Navigate to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Logon and disable "Hide entry points for Fast User Switching". You will probably have to reboot.

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Already tried that, still not working. Thanks for your help! – Fernando Martin Jun 22 '11 at 4:18
I think you meant gpedit.msc by the way. – Fernando Martin Jun 22 '11 at 4:20
@fmartin Have you gone to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System and actually deleted the HideFastUserSwitching key? Does it exist on your system, and if so, what is the value it is set to? – KCotreau Jun 22 '11 at 4:23
@KCotreau It didn't exist at first. I then created it and set it to 0. – Fernando Martin Jun 22 '11 at 4:26
No, I tried that before asking this here. "Switch User" doesn't show up on "Power button action"'s options. – Fernando Martin Jun 22 '11 at 4:30

Add another user in Control Panel / User accounts. Or if you are sure there are already multiple users that they are not all disabled. Windows 7 default is to have the Administrator account disabled, but if you boot in safe-mode you can select that user account. Many people forget to set a password on this account which leaves them a little vulnerable to someone making serious changes without your permission.

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Nope, there's already 4 user accounts set up. – Fernando Martin Jan 13 '14 at 19:18

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