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Disable Fast User Switching on Windows XP

Fast User Switching is a way for users to quickly switch between accounts without having to fully log off. This is just one more service that doesn’t really need to be started.

  1. Navigate to the Services console in Administrative tools.
  2. Double-click on Fast User Switching and change Startup Type to disable.
  3. Hit the Stop button if the service is started, and then hit OK.

One more unnecessary service stopped.

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  • Published 09/26/06

Comments (7)

  1. Oz

    A better article is here – you might want to do this.


  2. bill gates IIIIIIII


    Enable or Disable Fast User Switching
    Note: To enable Fast User Switching, you must also enable the Use the Welcome screen option. This feature cannot be used if your computer is a member of a domain. To enable Fast User Switching:
    1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
    2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
    3. Click Change the way users log on or off.
    4. If it is not already selected, click to select the Use the Welcome screen check box.

    NOTE: The Use Fast User Switching check box is unavailable until you click to select the Use the Welcome screen check box.
    5. Click to select the Use Fast User Switching check box, and then click Apply Options. Quit the User Accounts tool.

  3. milli

    This didn’t work with Vista Home Edition

  4. A

    anybody know how to disable the welcome screen and fast user switching from the command prompt in xp pro sp2

  5. ProstheticHead

    Thank you Geek, Much appreciated.

  6. adnan shafique
    open this link of microsoft to solve your problem

  7. hari

    Thank u for the information thank u very much

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