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!
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: *HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ *HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Create a Key called SpecialAccounts (note plural) Then create a sub-key called UserList (note singular no spaces)
You should have: Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList 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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