Control which accounts appear for login on XP

How to hide or reveal which accounts will show up.

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For security reasons, you may want to control the number of workstation and server accounts that show up for login on the XP welcome screen. For example, you may -- or may not -- want your workstations to display the administrator account. Or there may be other accounts that should not appear on a given machine for the average user who sits down in front of it. This tip discusses how to control the accounts that will appear for log...

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The Administrator Account

Some users/administrators may want to control which user accounts (including administrator accounts) appear on the Windows XP welcome screen. The administrator account by default is not shown in the Welcome screen.

To display the administrator account on the Welcome Screen via the registry perform the following:

  1. Load Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
  3. Look for "LogonType" (if this value is not present then you can create a new DWORD Value and name it LogonType).
  4. Double-click on the DWORD value in step 3 and enter a value of 1 (1= Welcome Screen)

Hide/Unhide User Accounts

You can hide/unhide other user accounts from the welcome screen by performing the following:

  1. Load regedit.exe
  2. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonSpecialAccountsUserList sub key.
  3. Select New DWORD Value from the edit menu.
  4. Enter the name of the user to hide/unhide in this value.
  5. Double-click the new DWORD value created earlier and set this Value to either 1 which hides the user account or 0 to unhide the User account.
  6. Exit from the registry and restart the workstation

Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association Of Internet Professionals, the Institute For Network Professionals, and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.


This was first published in July 2002

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