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Hiding the Administrator or any User account at the Welcome screen using Tweakui, Registry and Regdevelop

After installation of Windows 7, for security reasons - by default you'll notice that the built-in Administrator account is disabled.  If you will enable the account for administrative usages, it will be shown at the welcome screen.

  HideAccount_Regdevelop

How will you hide any account name?

 

Using Tweakui at Windows XP

Tweakui is one of the pioneer using a graphical interface to tweak computer using Windows Registry.

username_tweakui

It was so easy to use that it has been featured to several publications around the world since Windows 95, 98 and XP. It inspired several IT companies to create their own softwares that tweaks Windows easily.

Using Windows Registry (regedit.exe) from Tweakui

Proceed and create the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Right-Click > use Dword (32-Bit) Value > “Administrator” as the name or any username and data 0 to hide and 1 to show.

HideAccount_regedit

Note: The registry settings has been tested to different version of Windows including Windows Vista and Windows 7.

  • Removing the user from Welcome Screen listing doesn’t prevent them from logging into the account. If you want to remove them from using your computer you can disable the account temporarily.

net user [username] /active:no

Just make sure that your running the cmd.exe process or command prompt as administrator.

 

Using your RegDevelop to create your own tool

Let’s create a utility using regdevelop. Drag the Checkbox control to the Form designer and use the following configuration settings:

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Hide the Administrator account at the Welcome Screen

RegKeyPath1

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

Value_Name1

Administrator

Value_Data1

0

ValueType1

DWORD

Finally, click the Build Icon… Cool!?

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