Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to: Hide a User from the Welcome Screen in Windows XP

To hide a user's account from the welcome screen in Windows XP:

1. Open Registry Editor.
2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList
3. Create the following entry: Username: REG_DWORD
(Where Username is the username of the user you want to hide from the Welcome Screen).
4. Assign a value of 0.

5. Close Registry Editor.
6. Reboot.

This will prevent the user from showing up on the welcome screen. You will need to press CTRL-ALT-DEL twice at the logon screen to get the old W2K logon style box to be able to logon to the account you've hidden. Adding a username and setting the value to 1 will cause that user, such as Administrator, to show up on the Welcome screen as well.

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