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Switch user accounts from the Command Prompt

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.

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  1. Garet
    March 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

    With the runas command to switch users it throws an error Unable to acquire user password. Both accounts are administrators. Any ideas?

    Thanks

  2. amit
    October 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Above commands are not working …. I tried so many times
    the following problem occures after the command execution

    Runas error : unable to acquire user password

    plz help me …

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