Ezine 179 – Hide User Accounts on the Welcome Screen
The main idea of this tip is to prevent a user account appearing on 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 hide certain users physically as easily as you can with regedit!
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Instructions to Hide a User Account from the Welcome Screen
- Logon as an Administrator, then create a local account in the Control Panel, User Accounts. For example, I will call my user simply ‘Jo’.
- While not essential, it maybe an idea to test this account, or at least logoff and make sure that it appears on the Welcome Screen.
- Launch Regedit, while this registry editor does not appear on any menu, just type the word ‘regedit’ in the Start. right-click on regedit and ‘Run as administrator’.
- Navigate to the Winlogon section of the registry, to be precise:
- Create a Key called SpecialAccounts (note plural)
Then create a sub-key called UserList (note singular no spaces)
- You should have:
Now create a DWORD (32-bit) Value with the same name as the user that you wish to hide, if you remember I called mine ‘Jo’.
- I now have Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList\Jo
With a RegDword Value (0)
Zero means hide, 1 would mean show.
- Crucial question for any registry hack, ‘Do you logoff, or restart the computer to see the effect?’ I am afraid hiding the user account needs a restart, but it will be worth it!
I thank Paul DeBrino for drawing my attention to this useful registry edit tip.
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