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I use Windows 8 Home edition and I do not find the "Switch User" account that people seem to be seeing as shown in

Infact when I press the window key and click on the icon against my username I only see the Lock Screen/Sign out

How can I get this to work?

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Do you have more than one user account? – rink.attendant.6 Sep 22 '13 at 20:36
Yes I do have more than one user account – Calm Storm Sep 23 '13 at 9:51
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Recent software installation might have hidden the Switch User button on the lock screen. You can re-enable it by using either of the following methods:

Method 1: Registry edit

  1. Open run command and type regedit.

  2. Navigate to the following:


  3. Modify the registry value of HideFastUserSwitching from 1 to 0. A value of 0 disables this setting, which allows Windows to display the Switch User button on the lock screen and in menus (e.g., where you sign out, shut down, etc.).

  4. Log off and restart the machine.

Method 2: Group policy fix (not available in Home edition of Windows 8)

  1. Open run command and type gpedit.msc

  2. Navigate to the following location

    Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/AdministrativeTemplates/System/Logon

  3. Double-click Hide Entry Points for Fast User Switching to bring up a dialog box to change policy setting.

  4. Choose Disabled in the popup box. This will allow Windows to display the Switch User button on the lock screen and in menus (e.g., where you sign out, shut down, etc.).

  5. Close the group policy editor, open run command and type gpupdate /force to have the change take effect.

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When I type "Windows + Q" I see the run box and I typed "gpedit.msc" and nothing came up, have I missed something? I shall use the registry updating as the last resort. – Calm Storm Sep 23 '13 at 9:52
@CalmStorm whats happening while u search for gpedit.msc which version you using for windows 8? – BlueBerry - Vignesh4303 Sep 23 '13 at 9:54
I use Windows 8 Home Edition and when I search for gpedit.msc I get a "No matching results" in the main pane. – Calm Storm Sep 23 '13 at 9:56
@CalmStorm by default gpedit was not provided for home editions,maybe this tweak may help you from here… which will enable the gpedit – BlueBerry - Vignesh4303 Sep 23 '13 at 10:05

I Faced the same issue when my password expired and I had to go to switch user to change the password - however could not find the switch user icon or option. Do you have your mouse connected ? For some strange reason, once I connected the mouse ( I dont use this machine too often ) - The switch user option appeared. You may want to try..

regards Orjun

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