How Can Windows 10 Remote Desktop Switch User?

In this post, we provide 2 methods for Windows 10 Remote Desktop to switch user. Read carefully and then take into practice.


By Ellie / Updated on November 24, 2022

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Is it possible to switch user in RDP session on Windows 10?

“I’m RDP to a Windows 10 and I want to switch users via RDP. However, Ctrl + Alt + Delete is not working at all. Is it possible to switch users in RDP session on Windows 10?”

How do I switch users in Remote Desktop on Windows 10?

It’s well acknowledged that we mainly switch users by hitting Ctrl + Alt + Delete as the user mentioned above. However, some of the combination keys in remote session is not the same as the one you use on your own PC. Therefore, we provide 3 easy methods to help on Windows 10 remote desktop switch user in the RDP sessions.

Method 1. Ctrl + Alt + End

As a matter of fact, the shortcut for Remote Desktop Connection is kind of different from the Windows shortcut. We mainly switch users by hitting Ctrl + Alt + Delete, but in Remote Desktop Connection(guaranteeing the connection is accomplished), it is changed to Ctrl + Alt + End. After hitting the combination key, we can click on “Switch users” to realize Remote Desktop TO switch user on windows 10.

Switch User

Method 2. Switch user by running command line

How do I switch users in Remote Desktop? Another useful way to switch users is running the command line “tsdiscon” in Command Prompt or Powershell on the host PC. Then you can switch users after opening the lock screen.

Step 1. Search “cmd” in the search box and then right-click on the option, choose “Run as Administrator” to open it.

Run As Administrator CMD

Step 2. Type “tsdiscon” and then press Enter key.


Step 3. Then you will go into the lock screen, and then you can choose to switch user.

Note: This method cannot be applied in Windows 10 Home. It can be used in Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise.

Switch user with easy clicks on Windows 10-- AnyViewer

If you can’t successfully remote into the specific PC or the methods mentioned above do not work for you to get Remote Desktop switch user on Windows 10, it is recommended to use a remote access freeware, AnyViewer, which can help you realize to switch user on Windows 10 with easy clicks.

Under the “operation” option, AnyViewer provides many shortcuts for you, like Task Manager, CMD, Logout, Ctrl + Alt + Delete, .... with which you can open them and switch user easily. Moreover, not being limited to Windows 10, AnyViewer is also workable for Windows 11, 8, 8.1, 7, and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2.

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Step 1. On the PC that you want to control from another computer (the host computer), install and run AnyViewer; click "Log in" and click "Sign up".

Sign Up

Step 2.  Filling all the necessary information to create an AnyViewer account and then you'll be logged in to AnyViewer.  If you have already signed up an account from its official website, you can sign in directly. 

Note:  The device will be assigned to the account automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to. 

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Step 3. On your local PC, log in to the same account as the remote PC and then go to "Device". Locate the distant computer, click it and choose "One-click control" to take full control of the PC. 


Step 4. Now the connection is successful, and you can see the option “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” under the operation. Click on it then you can choose switch user.

Ctrl Alt Del

If you want to control a remote computer without signing in to the same account, you can go to "Connect",  type in the device ID of the remote PC, and get remote access via sending remote control or inputting a security code. 


After you take over the computer remotely, you can view the screen of the remote computer, run apps on it and view files on it.  It's also available to adjust resolution, hide/unhide desktop wallpaper, and so on during remote sessions. 


How can windows 10 Remote Desktop switch user? 2 methods illustrated above, like hitting Ctrl + Alt + End, and running the command line may already fix your problem. However, if the solutions don’t work for you or you don’t want to spend too much time fixing them, we recommend AnyViewer, which can help you avoid many troubles and won’t let you be limited by the Windows version.