I work for an ISV. We are not deploying Windows 11 to everyone's desksides/laptops any time soon, but we do need to check that our products work correctly on Windows 11. So we have some Windows 11 machines set up, and developers and testers access them via Remote Desktop.

The problem is that there's no obvious way to log out of Windows 11. The power button icon on the new Start Menu offers Disconnect, Sleep, Shut down and Restart, but no Log out or Sign out, as Windows 10 does. The only way I can log out at present is "shutdown /L" in the Command Prompt, and I'm pretty sure that's not what Microsoft intends to be used.

The situation is the same on x86-64 Windows 11 Enterprise and ARM64 Windows 11 Pro. On Windows 10, the Start Menu has an entry that shows the user name, and hovering over that shows the Sign out option. I can't find anything that corresponds to this on Windows 11.

I've searched the Windows 11 help, and tried a general web search, but not found anything. Suggestions?

  • I still use Win10, but does the default task manager on Win11 still come with a users menu and a logoff option?
    – MiG
    Jan 13 at 13:31
  • Try the suggestions in this article: lifewire.com/…. I have two Windows 11 Pro machines (Production and Insider) and both offer Sign Out and it works.
    – John
    Jan 13 at 13:33
  • It would be worth a short phone call.. hey - when I click disconnect, can you check it’s signed out? Unless it’s a multi-license server, the local Machine would present only a sign in option as soon as any remote user connected, making the point moot.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 13 at 13:33
  • @MiG: Do you mean the CTRL-ALT-DEL menu? Sadly, one cannot get at that when working through two levels of Remote Desktop: Home machine to office, office to Windows 11 test machine. Jan 13 at 14:30
  • @John: What version of Windows 11 are you on? I'm on 22000.434, and the article says the old-style Start Menu is specific to particular versions. Jan 13 at 14:32

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Microsoft says:

To sign out of Windows 11, select Start. Select the Accounts icon (or picture), then select Sign out".

Differently from Windows 10, to logout in Windows 11 click the user's icon/name and then click "Sign out" in the menu which appears.


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