Feb 1, 2010

How to hide user account from the windows XP welcome screen?


Today tip is very useful particularly for expert users who want to create hidden or backup user accounts in windows XP. This trick permits an account that is normally displayed on the Welcome screen to be hidden from view. To hide the specific user account from the welcome screen, you need to create a special value under windows registry key.  
Follow the given steps to hide any specific user account on welcome screen:
To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with administrative rights.
Click Start button and type regedit in Run option then press Enter for next. 
Here locate the location to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\
Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Here in right side panel, right click to create a new DWORD Value with the name of account to be hidden - the name matches the users name exactly.
To modify the "Value data" information as DWORD Value 0 to hide the account and 1  to display the user then click on Ok button.
Now close the registry editor and restart your computer after any changes to go into effect.
But next time, if you want to enable specific user account on welcome then simply change the value of data box to 1 or delete the DWORD Value item.

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