Hide/Remove Users from the Windows Welcome/Logon Screen

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This was asked on EE the other day, and I’ve been asked it before, so I put it on my list of “Articles to write up”. Windows by default will display all “Enabled” accounts on the welcome screen. In most cases that’s fine, but the poster had installed SQL and all the service accounts were listed.

welcome screen lots of users


Option 1

Updated 09/08/12

Site visitor (Fehlmann Paolo ) Emailed in to suggest a better method of removing users from the logon screen. Essentially this removes ALL the local accounts from the login screen and only leaves the username and password option.

1. Here’s my test machine setup with multiple local accounts.

Win 7 CLuttered Login Screen

2. Log as a user with administrative access > Start > In the Search/Run box type regedit {enter} > Navigate to the following key;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System

Locate the ‘dontdisplaylastusername’ DWORD and change its value to 1 (number one).

Remove Lask Logon Setting

3. Now you will get the following.

Win 7 clean login screen

Option 2

1. Log on as a user with administrative rights and launch the registry editor.

edit registry

2. Navigate to;


Create a new “Key”.

winlogon key

3. Call it SpecialAccounts..

SpecialAccounts Key

4. Right click the SpecialAccounts key, and create a new key.

regedit new key

5. Call this one UserList.

UserList Key

6. In the right hand window, right click and create a new DWORD (32 bit) value.


7. Create a value for each account you want to hide. By default its value will be 0 (zero) to stop hiding an account (in you require this in the future), you can delete the DWORD or change its value to 1 (one).

Hide and Enable Values

Note: You CAN create a value for Administrator and hide that in this way, however it’s considered “Good Practice” to have the local administrators account disabled, so that’s what I’m going to do.

8. Right click Computer and select Manage.

Manage Computer

9. Navigate to “Local Users and Groups” > Users > Administrator > Right click >Properties.

Local Users and Groups

10. Set “Account is disabled” > Apply > OK.

Disable User Account

11. Now we have a much cleaner welcome screen.

Windows Welcome Screen

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Thanks to Fehlmann Paolo

Original article written 02/12/11

Author: Migrated

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