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Log On with User Name and Password

How to Make Windows 7 Require a User Name and Password in Log On Screen
Published by Brink
06 Feb 2010
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How to Make Windows 7 Require a User Name and Password in Log On Screen

information   Information
This will show you how to make Windows 7 require all users to type in their user name and password in the Windows log on screen instead of only selecting their user icon and entering their password. This is like the old classic Windows log on screen.
Note   Note
For the "User name" entry field in the log on screen, you would type in your account's user name as it is on your C:\Users\(user-name) folder. To log on to a domain, you would type Domain Name (Computer Name)/User name instead in the "User name" entry field.

If you did not create a password (recommended to have one) for your user account, then just leave the field empty. You can press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move between the User name and Password fields if you entered something incorrectly.

EXAMPLE: Log On Screen
NOTE: This is the default log on screen (left screenshot below) and the user name and password log on screen (right screenshot below).
Log On with User Name and Password-default.jpg

Log On with User Name and Password-changed.jpg



OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Enable Enter User Name and Password Log On Screen
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Log_On_with_User_Name_and_Password.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Restore Enter Password Only Log On Screen
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Log_On_with_Default_Password_Only.reg
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on the Run, Yes, Yes, and then OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the .reg file on desktop if you like.

7. Log off and log on to see the change.

8. You may also wish to set the same setting for the locked computer screen: How to Display User Information or Not when a Windows Session is Locked






OPTION TWO
Manually in Registry Editor
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to: (See screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Log On with User Name and Password-reg.jpg
4. In the right pane, right click on dontdisplaylastusername and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

5. To Enable Enter User Name and Password Log On Screen
A) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)

B) Go to step 7.
6. To Restore Enter Password Only Log On Screen
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
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7. Close regedit.

8. Log off and log on to see the change.

9. You may also wish to set the same setting for the locked computer screen: How to Display User Information or Not when a Windows Session is Locked



OPTION THREE
Through Local Security Policy
1. Open the Local Security Policy editor.

2. In the left pane, expand Local Policies, and click on Security Options. (See screenshot below)
Log On with User Name and Password-secpol.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Interactive logon: Do not display last user name and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Enter User Name and Password Log On Screen
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 7.
5. To Restore Enter Password Only Log On Screen
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Select (dot) Disabled, and click on OK. (See screenshot above)
6. Close the Local Security Policy window.

7. Log off and log on to see the change.

8. You may also wish to set the same setting for the locked computer screen: How to Display User Information or Not when a Windows Session is Locked
That's it,
Shawn




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06 Feb 2010   #1
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Great tutorial, Shawn! I can't count how many times I have tried to find this info for other members here.

Bookmarked.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you, and you're welcome Jonathan.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2010   #3
kkuro

w7
 
 
startup logon with default user and prompt on password

hello, please help me if there is any solution - on one pc I start with direct typing of password, on my wifes first screen looks like this:
Log On with User Name and Password-imag0007.jpg

this mean one click to this screen:
Log On with User Name and Password-imag0008.jpg

is there any way to set up laptop without this first screen? As I wrote, on my another PC is direct first screen when booting with prepared typing password box.

sorry for these poor pics and thanks for any solutions


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kkuro, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have more than one user account on the computer, then by default you will have to select one of the accounts icon first, then type in it's password.

The only way to have it startup like the second screenshot is to only have one user account on the computer.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2010   #5
kkuro

w7
 
 

fu... thats fast forum... I didnt except thanks for answer but I still compare this with that other laptop, where it works for me fine. when I go to account settings, I can see three accounts, my (admin), ASP.NET Machine Accouunt (standard user), and Guest (account turned off). And it works. but on that laptop where appears that unnecessary window I only have two accounts. Mine and two built in accounts, administrator and guest - turned off... thanks for writing anyway. great forum.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jul 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I suppose that you could use this tutorial to enter the username and password at the same time to only have the one icon at log on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2010   #7
BeyLIN

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Works great.
Does this method works on XP?
Please send me a PM letting me know

BTW
really great tutorial!
this forum is amazing! Its just perfect!!! you dont need to improve anything!
I like beeing a part of this comunnity
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2010   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BeyLIN View Post
Works great.
Does this method works on XP?
Please send me a PM letting me know

BTW
really great tutorial!
this forum is amazing! Its just perfect!!! you dont need to improve anything!
I like beeing a part of this comunnity
Yes, just type control userpasswords2 into the Run dialogue and there you go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2010   #9
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Any way to make this happen on a key combo? Say Ctrl Alt Del?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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