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Hide Users on the Welcome Screen on Windows XP

April 15, 2008

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

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