Matt\’s Cuppa

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Matt’s Cuppa Tech Tip: Switch Windows User Accounts from a Command Prompt

Posted by telecommatt on August 18, 2007

Credit goes to Lifehacker for this one. I’ve been having problems with
WinXP hanging when trying to switch users lately, so this is
particularly useful right now.

Windows Tip: Switch user accounts from the Command Prompt

You can switch users from the Windows Command Prompt without logging
off—if say, you need to access folders or files for another
Windows user account. Reader PiE writes in explaining the process.

1. Quit explorer.exe
2. Open Command Prompt
3. Navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32
4. Enter the following command: runas /user:*computer name\*account name explorer.exe

Make sure you are cognizant of which user is logged in because this
process will not change the Windows theme when the user changes. Thanks, PiE!

Runas [Microsoft XP Professional Product Documentation]

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