Windows operating system like Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP multiple user accounts are created on the computer, whether administrator or standard user.
If there is more than one user account is defined and created on the PC, Windows will display a welcome screen that lists all available user accounts so that users can register by clicking.
However, show and display user accounts on the Welcome screen is probably a weakness in the security point of view the more so if the user account should be a hidden or backup user account.
In fact, there are trick user account or Administrator account, which are normally hidden on the Welcome screen from view, set out to make.
To create a user account (that is also a hidden user account) in Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, just to Control Panel User module and create an additional user to do than usual (Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Accounts Windows 7 and Windows Vista).
If you already have an existing user, the hidden made invisible or disappeared from Welcome screen, then straight ahead under the leadership wants.
- Run Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).
- Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonSpecialAccountsUserList
Note: If SpecialAccounts and UserList is not found, create new sub-key and name them accordingly.
- Select UserList, and in the right pane, right click on any blank space, and point to New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the new DWORD registry value name as the exact same name that match the name of the user account to be hidden.For example, if the user ID of the user account is John, the name the registry value as John.
- Double click on DWORD registry value, and set the value data to 0 in oder to hide the account from Welcome Screen.Tip: To display the user account on Welcome Screen again so that it’s visible again, delete the registry entry, or set the value data to 1.
- Exit Registry Editor.
- Log off or restart computer to make the change effective.
Tip: In order to login into Windows using an user account that has made hidden and invisible, just press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Windows Logon dialog, and then type in the user name and password manually.