Windows 10 allows multiple users to have their own accounts, which is a convenient way to keep settings and files separate for a more personal experience. However, if logged-in users don’t sign out, their account will continue to run apps, services, and other processes, which can end up consuming significant system resources that can negatively affect the performance for the user actively logged in and using the device. In this post, we will demo how to sign out other inactive users from a current session.
In a nutshell, a User Account is an identity created for a person in a computer or computing system. User accounts can also be created for machine entities, such as service accounts for running programs, system accounts for storing system files and processes, and root and administrator account for system administration.
Sign out other user accounts from a current session
To sign out other user accounts from a current session on Windows 10 can be done in two ways via:
1. Task Manager
2. Command Prompt
Let’s take a look at the steps involved in both procedures.
1] Sign out other user accounts from a current session on Windows 10 via Task Manager
To sign off inactive users with Task Manager, do the following:
- Click Start.
- Search for Task Manager and select the top result to open the tool.
Alternatively, you can also use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard combo to open the Task Manager.
- Click the Users tab.
- Right-click the user and select the Sign off option.
- Click the Sign out user button.
Once you complete the steps, the user session will be terminated.
2] Sign out other user accounts from a current session on Windows 10 via Command Prompt
To sign off inactive users with Command Prompt, do the following:
Type the command below to view all current users signed in to Windows 10 and press Enter:
Make a note of the ID number for the account you want to sign off.
Type the following command to sign out the other user and press Enter:
Replace ID-NUMBER place-holder with the number of the account that you want to sign out.
In this our example, the command signs off the Administrator user account with the ID of 2:
After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will sign out the user regardless if there is any running application.