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How to Create Desktop Shortcut for User Switching in Windows 7 and 8/8.1

Creating multiple user accounts in Windows can have several uses. For instance, it is useful if you are sharing your PC with other people for security reasons, or if you are one of those who like extensive customization, tweaking in their PC or want to test new software, etc.

Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 lets you easily switch between different users with a keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Del or via Power options. Here is an even simple solution to switch between multiple users accounts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

It is by just creating a desktop shortcut for user switching. In Windows 7 and Windows 8, there is a utility called “Session Disconnection Utility” (tsdiscon.exe) under System 32 folder. Using this utility, you can create a shortcut on the desktop and easily switch between users.

Create desktop shortcut for user switching 

1. Right click on Desktop > New > Shortcut > and type C:\Windows\System32\tsdiscon.exe. Alternatively use browse button and browse to the tsdiscon.exe location.

2. Click on Next button and give a name for the shortcut. For instance, “User Switching” and then click Finish button.

Note: if you want, you can set new icon for your shortcut for more professional look. Right click the shortcut, select Properties and then click “Change icon” button. Choose a suitable icon and click OK to apply the changes.


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