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Hide Users on the Welcome Screen

By: Arie Slob

When you add an account for certain users with Windows XP, their user names will appear on the Welcome Screen. Sometimes a user needs to be added to a Windows XP machine, because the user needs access (via the network) to resources on the machine, but the user will not be physically logging in on the computer. You can remove this user name from the Welcome Screen, while still maintaining the user account.

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList \
  3. Right-click an empty space in the right pane and select New > DWORD Value
  4. Name the new value exactly as the Username
  5. Leave the Value data as 0
  6. If you want to enable this user again on the Welcome Screen, either double-click the Username value, and change the Value data to 1, or delete the Username
  7. Close the registry editor

This is one of the functions performed by:


Tweaking Toolbox XP