How to Hide a User from Welcome Screen
How to Hide a User Account from the Welcome Screen
The main idea of this tip is to prevent a user account appearing on an XP, Vista or Window 7's Welcome screen, thus making the computer a little more secure and private. My sub-plot is to brush-up our registry editing skills, in general and check out the Winlogon section of the registry in particular. Incidentally, it's a shame it's not possible to physically hide certain users as easily as you can with regedit!
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** HKLM is an abbreviation of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and HKCU is shorthand for HKEY_CURRENT_USER. These acronyms are so well-known that you can even use them in .reg files, Vista will understand and obey the registry instruction.
One use of this technique is to hide administrator from welcome screen. The benefit is that if the account does not appear, then people won't think of trying to impersonate the administrator, it will also make people focus on their own account.
Another scenario is that you are testing. Perhaps you are just learning about the registry, or perhaps you are creating a template user / machine and want hide administrator from welcome screen.
Summary of Hide User Accounts From Welcome Screen
Perhaps you want to hide administrator from the Welcome Screen. This registry technique works on an XP, Vista or Window 7 computer, and as a result the computer is a little more private. My sub-plot is to brush-up our registry editing skills, in general and check out the Winlogon section of the registry in particular. Incidentally, it's a shame it's not possible to hide certain users physically as easily as you can with regedit!
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