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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 hided the Switch User , You can re-enable it by using this following methods

Method 1: Registry edit

  1. Open run command type regedit
  2. Navigate to the following:


  3. Modify the registry value of HideFastUserSwitching from 1 to 0 , if the value is 1 it was disabled

  4. Log off and restart the machine

Method 2: Group policy fix

  1. Open run 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 Fast User Switching policy setting.

  4. Choose Enabled in the popup box
  5. Close the group policy editor ,again navigate to run command type gpupdate /force to get Changes 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 tomshardware.com/forum/… which will enable the gpedit –  BlueBerry - vignesh4303 Sep 23 '13 at 10:05

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