Removing and hiding a user from the welcome screen in windows Xp

Sometimes it might be desirable to hide a user account in the welcome screen if you do not want others to know about that user account. It helps in improving your privacy as the other users will not know about the existence of the user. Fortunately, windows Xp has a solution for hiding your user account and removing it from the welcome screen.

To hide a user account, in the welcome screen follow these steps:
  • Open registry editor by going to start> run and type regedit.
  • Then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Winlogon > SpecialAccounts > UserList.
  • In the right side, of the registry editor right click any where and select New > DWORD value.
  • Then enter the name of the user account as the name of this newly created DWORD value. Close the Registry editor.
  • Now restart your system.
Now and here after the user account which you have specified in the registry key as earlier will not appear in the welcome screen. If you want to logon to that hidden user account, you will have to press Ctrl +Alt +Delete on your keyboard twice to bring up a new dialog in which you can enter the user name and the password of the hidden account.

If you want your hidden account to be displayed in the welcome screen again, then you will have to simply go to the registry key that you have created earlier and delete it and restart your computer.