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If more than one person is sharing  a computer, Fast User Switching in XP allows you to switch between accounts without having to log off. It’s handy if you need to quickly switch back and forth. However, if you’re the only one who uses your computer, it’s just another service that starts at boot up and uses resources. And it’s easy to turn it off:

  • Click Start | Programs | Administrative Tools
  • Click Services
  • In the Services console, scroll down to “Fast User Switching” and double-click it.
  • Set the startup type to: Disable
  • If the service is running, click the Stop button
  • Click OK.

There you go!

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Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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One thought on “Disable Fast User Switch in XP [Quick Tip]”

  1. Mandrake9840 says:

    This tip does not work. I clicked stop to discontinue Fast User Switching, but it still works.

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