Aug 2 2008

Create a Desktop Shortcut to Switch Users in Vista

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If you have 2 or more user accounts setup on your computer here’s a quick way to create a shortcut on you desktop to switch users with 1 click of your mouse. This tip applies to Vista Ultimate only. For Vista Basic and Home premium scroll to the end for a work around.

Here’s how.

1. Click an empty spot on your desktop and choose New > Shortcut.
2. In the next dialog box type in C:WindowsSystem32tsdiscon.exe and click next.
3. Give your new shortcut a name. I used Switch User. Then click finish.
4. Now if you want you can change the default icon to something else.
5. Right click your new icon and choose Properties, under the shortcut tab choose Change Icon.
6. Choose the Icon you like bet and click Ok twice.

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Now when you want to switch users just click you’re new shortcut and you’ll be sent to the Logon screen.

For Vista Basic and Home Premium Users:

I added the file you need to? Drop.io

Download the file to your C:\Windows\System32 folder.

1. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\tsdiscon.exe in a Windows Explorer window.

2. Right click on tsdiscon.exe and click on Send To, then Desktop (create shortcut).

3? You can close your explorer window.

4. Right click on the new shortcut on the desktop and click Rename.

5. Type Switch User and press Enter. ( you can name it anything you want)

6. Right click on the Switch User shortcut on the desktop and click
Properties.

7. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button and choose your favorite.

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    1. Wary and Confused -- Scam?? said:

      Why do you recomend “drop.io” in your advice on creating a shortcut for Switch User in Vista?
      I thought that [drop.io] was a FILE SHARING utility??????

      June 25th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    2. Wary and Confused -- Scam?? said:

      Wikipedia describes drop.io as follows–
      Drop.io is an online file hosting, sharing and collaboration service….
      …allows users to create online sharing points called “droips” that are used for uploading and sharing documents, images, video, audio and other digital content without accounts, registration or e-mail addresses.

      and..
      … Its core philosophy is to create a simple, private system based on inputs and outputs.

      June 25th, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    3. Kevin said:

      @ Wary and Confused — Scam??
      In order to make a shortcut for users running Vista Basic and Home Premium you need to add a file called tsdiscon.exe, to the C:\Windows\System32 folder and that file is hosted on Drop.io for people that don’t have it.

      Kevin.

      June 25th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    4. JP said:

      thanks for the tip, but when I click the icon, I get first a security warning about the file not being verified (unknown editor) .
      I need to confirm I want to open this file, and unticking the check box “always ask” has no effect
      the tsdiscon.exe is from MS , no ?

      December 31st, 2009 at 9:34 am
    5. Susan said:

      I added the file you need to Drop.io

      Download the file to your C:\Windows\System32 folder.

      1. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\tsdiscon.exe in a Windows Explorer window.
      2. Right click on tsdiscon.exe and click on Send To, then Desktop (create shortcut).

      3 You can close your explorer window.

      4. Right click on the new shortcut on the desktop and click Rename.

      5. Type Switch User and press Enter. ( you can name it anything you want)

      6. Right click on the Switch User shortcut on the desktop and click
      Properties.

      7. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button and choose your favorite.

      I too get the enclosed response:
      thanks for the tip, but when I click the icon, I get first a security warning about the file not being verified (unknown editor) .

      Help please. I want to switch users with an iconon the desktop using Windows Vista.

      September 14th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

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