Hide User Account from Welcome / Login Screen on Windows 7 / Vista / XP

This procedure has been written about many, many times on the web however I just wanted a place I could quickly and easily find it when I needed it — hence this blog post.

Sometimes I’ve created a new user on my PC to allow others to connect to a share. Of course when I next login to my PC that new user account appears on the login screen when, typically, I just want to see my own user account. Following these instructions you can remove specific user accounts from the welcome / login screen and also the Control Panel User Accounts area.

These instructions involve using the registry editor which can royally mess up your PC if you don’t know what you’re doing. Please take care.

1. Run the Registry Editor by going to the Start Menu > Run or by pressing the Start Menu Key + R at the same time and when the Run dialog appears typing regedit and hitting the enter key. You need an account with administrative permissions to run regedit.

2. In the registry editor browse to:

HKEY_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

3. Right-click on the UserList key in the left-hand pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Type the username of the account you want to hide as the name of the new key and press OK. It will appear in the right-hand pane.

5. Exit the registry editor.

6. The account should no longer appear when you next view the welcome or login screen or in the Control Panel User Accounts area.

 


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