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Hide Usernames from the Logon Screen (Windows XP)

This tweak can be used to hide specific usernames from the logon screen, without removing the account completely.

Open your registry and find the key below.

For each user you want to hide create a new DWORD value named after the username and set the value to "0".

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|John BloggsREG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
|Joan SmithREG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVers...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
SpecialAccounts\UserList]
Value Name:
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: 0 = hide the account

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: January 15, 2002