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Switch User (specific) shortcut?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Switch User (specific) shortcut?


    Is there a way to create a shortcut to invoke the Switch User to a specific account?
    What I mean by this:
    Lets say you 2 users, A and B. The computer starts up and logs into A.
    Clicking on the account picture of A on the Start screen gives you the option to switch to B.
    When that is clicked, A is put in the background (not logged of) and B is logged in.
    Is there a way to automate that process?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello TheV, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Not that I'm aware of. Everything needs to be done through the lock and sign in screen for security purposes.
    %windir%\System32\tsdiscon.exe

    The tutorials below can help make using Switch User a bit easier if you like



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Shawn and thanks for the information and the welcome

    I hear what you are saying about security, but the funny thing is it can actually be done from the Start screen, as per:
    Click image for larger version
    (this image actually lead me to this website, thanks!)
    I'm wondering if I can script the 2 mouse clicks that it takes to invoke the user switch in this manner?
    As per the image:
    1) Click 'Shawn'
    2) Click 'Example'
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not sure that will be possible to duplicate with a created shortcut or context menu item.

    The switch user option from the Start screen takes you directly to the sign in screen with the user already selected waiting to be signed into. If the user doesn't have a password, then it signs into the user account automatically.

    The switch user shortcuts or context menu items will take you to the sign in screen where you must first select what user you want to switch to, then be able to sign in as the user.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    I do realize that I won't be able to do this with a shortcut or a context menu entry.
    What I'm suggesting is a macro to perform the button clicks as described above.
    And indeed it will be for the case of switching to a user that does not have a password, which does lead to logging in automatically.

    That being said, I'm not having too much luck simulating the button clicks with AutoHotKey.
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  6. #6


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    I don't think it's going to be possible since as soon as you click on switch user, you will be outside the OS.

    However, it does only take a second to click on the user you want to switch to though.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    The thing is I won't be clicking Switch User (in general terms), I will already be clicking which user to switch to from within the active session still.

    The first click is on the current logged in user account pictures on the start screen (still logged into active session).
    The second click is then on the user I want to switch to that is listed on the dropdown resulting from the first click (still logged into active session).
    It is only after the second click that the active session will be disconnected (not logged of), but at this point all the necessary clicking has already occurred.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It's still the same switch user process though. Once clicked on, the current session is locked, and you go outside the OS to the sign in screen. If the selected user from Start switch user doesn't have a password, you will then go quickly from sign in screen to be automatically signed in to that user account.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Is there any way to automate the clicking of the Start screen?
    As a temporary solution I've made use of the tsdiscon command.
    Clicking the relevant entry on the Start screen still produces a slightly more favorable result.
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  10. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Not that I'm aware of yet. Just the ones from above for a normal switch user.
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