I use an Administrator account and a user account and keep switching between the two often. Is there any keyboard / mouse shortcut to switch quickly between the two users? Much better if it doesn't prompt for password everytime!

  • If it didn't prompt you for the password, wouldn't that rather defeat the point of having separate accounts?
    – nhinkle
    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:03
  • Not if it's being used for test purposes
    – Jay
    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:14
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    Well, FWIW, you can switch quickly by using the user drop-down menu on the start screen. But there's no way to disable asking for the password to switch users, unless you don't have a password on the account.
    – nhinkle
    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:18

3 Answers 3


Why don't you just login to your regular account and whenever you need to do admin stuff, just use runas command line. This should give you the best of both world.

  • you dont need to use the command line you can just right click on the exe. Nov 5, 2012 at 7:13
  • @TaylorGibb, correct but runas with savecred option saves your credential to use for next time. over time, that'll save you time.
    – userOO7
    Nov 5, 2012 at 7:16
  • i would hate to have to open a runbox/cmd prompt everytime i want to run a program. The only way i could see this working is by using batch files, maybe. Nov 5, 2012 at 7:20

You can switch user (ie. Lock) by using the shortcut Windows+L.

If it does not prompt you for the password, it means there is no password (ie. it is disabled). Based on How to remove login password from windows 8 logon and login automatically without entering it, you should:

  1. Run (Windows+R) netplwiz

  2. Un-check the requirement to enter username and password.

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  3. Remove any passwords set.

Alternatively, you can run as another user:

runas /savecred /user:domain\user "notepad"

If you do not know what domain and user is correct, you can ask whoami:

> whoami

That kind of defeats the point, why dont you just run your programs as administrator from the other account.

This is a best practice anyway and is the sole purpose of UAC.

If you want to launch Metro apps as another user there is a Group Policy setting you can enable.

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