Ezine 179 – Hide User Accounts on the Welcome Screen

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!

See an update on How to Hide a User Account from the Welcome Screen

Instructions to Hide a User Account from the Welcome Screen

  1. Logon as an Administrator, then create a local account in the Control Panel, User Accounts.  For example, I will call my user simply ‘Jo’.
  2. 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.
  3. 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’.
  4. Navigate to the Winlogon section of the registry, to be precise:
    *HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
  5. Create a Key called SpecialAccounts  (note plural)
    Then create a sub-key called UserList (note singular no spaces)
  6. 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’.
  7. I now have Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList\Jo
    With a RegDword Value (0)
    Zero means hide, 1 would mean show.
  8. 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!  

Hide Windows 7 user

I thank Paul DeBrino for drawing my attention to this useful registry edit tip.

Engineer's Toolset v10Guy Recommends: SolarWinds Engineer’s Toolset v10

This Engineer’s Toolset v10 provides a comprehensive console of 50 utilities for troubleshooting computer problems.  Guy says it helps me monitor what’s occurring on the network, and each tool teaches me more about how the underlying system operates.

There are so many good gadgets; it’s like having free rein of a sweetshop.  Thankfully the utilities are displayed logically: monitoring, network discovery, diagnostic, and Cisco tools.  Try the SolarWinds Engineer’s Toolset now!

Download your fully functional trial copy of the Engineer’s Toolset v10

Guy Recommends: Tools4ever’s UMRAUMRA The User Management Resource Administrator

Tired of writing scripts? The User Management Resource Administrator solution by Tools4ever offers an alternative to time-consuming manual processes.

It features 100% auto provisioning, Helpdesk Delegation, Connectors to more than 130 systems/applications, Workflow Management, Self Service and many other benefits. Click on the link for more information onUMRA.

 A New Year Prayer for the Elderly (Such as Will and Guy!)

  • God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
  • The good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
  • And the eyesight to tell the difference.

See more of our New Year humour 

Windows 8 Features:

Windows 8 New Features   • Windows 8 Metro UI  • Windows 8 Tips  • Windows 8 FAQ  • Ezines

Free Netflow Traffic Analyzer  • Windows 8 Home  • E 179 Hide Accounts  • E 187 Easy Transfer

E 186 Deprecated  • E 184 Windows Phone  • E 180 Godmode • Orion IP SLA Manager Download