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Switch User Shortcut

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Switch User Shortcut


    I am preparing a custom toolbar with Shut Down, Restart etc shortcuts. Switch User used to be activated by tsdiscon.exe in System32 but I cannot find that in either my laptop or tablet running Win8 Home Premium. Has MS changed the executable? Where do I find it? For good measure I have run scannow on an elevated command prompt - the system files are reported OK.

    Update ... I have found it in the folder below ... it only reveals itself if you search in the Windows folder rather than from the desktop. (I presume this is a folder ... I was a bit nervous proceeding any further).

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-t..es-commandlinetools_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_3d7a00ca82c87238

    Is it possible to create an OPERATIONAL shortcut to this file whilst still in a windows user session?
    Last edited by Greg1126; 15 Mar 2013 at 06:07.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Greg,

    I'll create a tutorial for this tonight for you, and will post back with a link to it when it's completed.

    The problem is that the Windows 8 edition does not include the tsdiscon.exe file like the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions do.

    This is why the typical "Switch User" shortcut doesn't work in the Windows 8 edition since the shortcut calls to run the tsdiscon.exe file.


    For now, this tutorial should work for what you are wanting to do. Be sure to see the NOTE box at the bottom of the tutorial.

    Power - Add Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Switch User Shortcut


    Thank you so much!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32bit


    Fantastic! Is it possible to move it into main menu (omit Power submenu)?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mt, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sure, you could use the tutorial below instead for that.

    Switch User - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
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