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Switch User - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

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    Switch User - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

    Switch User - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
    How to Add "Switch User" to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    16 Mar 2012
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    How to Add "Switch User" to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    Switch User (Fast User Switching) is a feature in Windows that allows you to be able to switch from the current user account that you are signed in to be signed in to another user account instead without having to close any programs and files or sign out of the current user account, and then be able to switch back right where you left off at.

    This will show you how to add or remove Switch User to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 8.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: Switch User in Desktop Context Menu


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    Here's How:

    1. To Add "Switch User" to the Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Add_Switch_User_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg

    download

    B) Go to step 3.


    2.
    To Remove "Switch User" from the Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Remove_Switch_User_from_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg


    download

    B) Go to step 3.


    3.
    Save the REG file to the desktop.

    4. Double click/tap on the REG file to merge it, and click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve the merge.

    5. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    6. Right click or press and hold on your desktop to see the change.
    NOTE: You can press the Windows + D key to go to the desktop.


    Note   Note
    The Switch User option will only work in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions by default.

    If you have the Windows 8 edition, then you will need to also do this below for the Switch User option to work.

    • Click on the Download button below to download the tsdiscon.zip file.
    • Save the tsdiscon.zip file to your desktop.
    • Open the tsdiscon.zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the tsdiscon.exe file to your desktop.
    • Unblock the extracted tsdiscon.exe file.
    • Move the tsdiscon.exe file into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
    • If prompted, click/tap on Continue and Yes (UAC) to approve.


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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Win8 Build 8400

    Unfortunately, this does not work, with or without UAC on.
    It does not add the @="%windir%\System32\tsdiscon.exe" to the key
    and when added manually, says you do not have rights to run it.

    Still testing

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tepid,

    I have updated the Add_Switch_User_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg download. Please give it a try and see how that works for you now. It should work now.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Yeah, that works. thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Perfect. You're welcome.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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