Occassionally you may want a user account to not display on the Windows 10 logon page.
One main use case for me has been when setting up scanners to send direct to a PC share. In these cases I create a limited account with only the rights to that share. But the user account will display on the logon screen. So annoying!
So there are a few ways to do this.
- Remove the account from the Group – Users (and Administrators) or any other interactive group
- Make them a User of a Group that just gives access to the share you need – if available the HomeUsers Group works well
- Editing the registry
If you have a User account that you dont want to display – say they only connect via a remote connection then editing the Registry is the answer.
Editing registry to hide an account
- Open registry editor
- Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command,
- Type regedit, and click OK to open the Windows Registry.
- Browse to:
- Right-click the Winlogon, select New, and click Key.
- Name the new key SpecialAccounts.
- Right-click the SpecialAccounts key, select new, and click Key.
- Name the new key UserList.
- Inside of UserList, right-click, select New, and click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name this DWORD key with the name of the account you’re intending to hide.
- Make sure the DWORD key has its data value is set to 0. (Zero Hide or change to 1 to show)
Important:See Interactive Logon for details.
A hidden account can only access the PC via an interactive logon process. Such as a remote connection.
If you want to log onto the PC with a hidden account you will need to turn on Interactive Logon in windows 10. This turns off the simple logon process.