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Windows 7: Hide Administrator account from the Welcome Screen

25 Apr 2010   #1
Lordofminor

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Hide Administrator account from the Welcome Screen

I have three accounts on my W64 system. Built-in Administrator which I used very long time and two normal accounts.
What I want to do is hide the Administrator account from the Welcome Screen. I dont want to disable it, because I used it already and I dont want to create a new Administrator account. The reason why I want to do this, is that Avira poped-up me a message with warning that Im using account with administrator rights, and it is not reconmend.
So, is there a way to do this?


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25 Apr 2010   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

As far as I know, you can not hide it. Just disable it, and enable again when needed. Here's the tutorial telling how: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable.

Kari
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25 Apr 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Till XP, there used to be a reg tweak to hide user accounts from appearing on the welcome screen. If you wanted to logon using the hidden account, pressing CTL-ALT-DEL would bring up the classic login where you would need to enter both username and password. Unfortunately, that no longer works from Vista onwards.

What you can do is use the Classic login screen (so no icons), then users have to know the account name to login, which in a way is more secure. To get the Classic logon, do the following:
  • Press start
  • Type: local security policy
  • Press enter
  • Expand local policies
  • Click Security Options
  • Double-click "Interactive Login: Do not display last user name"
  • Check Enabled
  • Click OK
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25 Apr 2010   #4
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

^Is the local security policy not available in Home Premium -- I was just experimenting and it's not there.

thanks.
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25 Apr 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

manhunter,

Home Premium does not include the Local Security Policy Manager so you'll need to do a registry modification to enable the classic logon.

Click on start and type "regedit.exe" withot quotes into the search field, hit enter.

Expand the registry key:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Double-click on “dontdisplaylastusername” in the right pane and then modify the value to “1″


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25 Apr 2010   #6
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

^Thanks Bill, very kind .
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25 Apr 2010   #7
Lordofminor

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
As far as I know, you can not hide it. Just disable it, and enable again when needed. Here's the tutorial telling how: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable.

Kari
Hmm, ok, but with admin account disabled, UAC will not work. Or not?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Till XP, there used to be a reg tweak to hide user accounts from appearing on the welcome screen. If you wanted to logon using the hidden account, pressing CTL-ALT-DEL would bring up the classic login where you would need to enter both username and password. Unfortunately, that no longer works from Vista onwards.

What you can do is use the Classic login screen (so no icons), then users have to know the account name to login, which in a way is more secure. To get the Classic logon, do the following:
  • Press start
  • Type: local security policy
  • Press enter
  • Expand local policies
  • Click Security Options
  • Double-click "Interactive Login: Do not display last user name"
  • Check Enabled
  • Click OK
Thanks, will try!
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25 Apr 2010   #8
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

UAC works also when built-in administrator account is disabled.
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25 Apr 2010   #9
Lordofminor

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok, so I will have disabled admin account and I will use two normal accounts with UAC working and prompting for disabled admin password, rirght? Can I use system this way?
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26 Apr 2010   #10
Lordofminor

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Please reply someone if UAC will work when admin account is disabled
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