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    User Account - Hide
    How to Disable or Enable a User Account in Vista
    Published by Brink is online now
    25 Sep 2007
    User Account - Hide

    How to Disable or Enable a User Account in Vista


    information   Information
    This will show you how to hide (disable) or unhide a user account from being accessed or seen in Vista. For example, from the Logon screens, Parental Controls, UAC, User Accounts, etc...
    Note   Note
    An administrator account will still be able to navigate to and access the contents of the C:\Users\(user-name) folder of a disabled user account using Windows Explorer.
    warning   Warning
    Do not disable your only administrator account. Always leave one enabled so that you are able to make changes to Vista or other users. If you did this by mistake, then boot into Safe Mode and enable your Administrator account.




    METHOD ONE

    Hide User Account in Local Users and Groups

    1. Open the Local Users and Groups manager.

    2. In the left pane click on the Users folder. (See screenshot below)
    3. In the middle pane, right click on the user account's name that you want to hide or unhide and click Properties. (See screenshot above)
    NOTE: The accounts with the arrow pointing down in the user icon are hidden. The ones without a arrow are unhidden.

    4. To Hide a User Account
    A) Check the Account is disabled box. (See screenshot below step 5)

    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Unhide a User Account
    A) Uncheck the Account is disabled box. (See screenshot below)
    User Account - Hide-properties.jpg
    6. Click on OK. (See screenshot above)

    7. Close the Local Users and Groups window.



    METHOD TWO

    Hide User Account 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 the Continue.

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    4. In the left pane, right click on Winlogon and click on New and Key.
    5. Type SpecialAccounts and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    6. In the left pane, right click on SpecialAccounts and click on New and Key. (See screenshot below)
    7. Type UserList and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    8. In right pane of UserList, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32bit) Value.
    (See screenshot below)
    9. Type in the name of the user account that you want to hide and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: For example: My user account name is Everyday Account.
    10. In the right Pane, right click on the user account name and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: For example: My user account name is Everyday Account.
    11. To Hide the User Account
    A) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    WARNING: Do not hide your only Administrator account. Always leave one unhidden so you can make changes to Vista. If you did this by mistake, then boot into Safe Mode and unhide your Administrator account.

    B) Go to step 13.
    12. To Unhide the User Account
    A) Type 1 and click on OK.
    NOTE: You can also delete the SpecialAccounts key from step 7 above to unhide it.
    WARNING: You will need to delete the SpecialAccounts key from step 7 to unhide the user account for Parental Controls to see it though. This is not necessary for just the logon screens.
    User Account - Hide-modify_user_account.jpg
    13. Close regedit.
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Everything worked out perfectly!! Thank you!

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    Your welcome office.lady, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    I'm glad to hear that you got your problem sorted out now.

    Shawn

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    thx this is extremely helpful but i have one question.how do u log on to a hidden acc?

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    Hi King404,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    You will not be able to logon to a hidden user account.

    This is mostly for a user account that you do not use often and do not want to delete it, but do not want it to show up in the logon screen (etc..) either.

    Shawn

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hi King404,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    You will not be able to logon to a hidden user account.

    This is mostly for a user account that you do not use often and do not want to delete it, but do not want it to show up in the logon screen (etc..) either.

    Shawn
    Would you be able to log into the account if you had the logon screen configured so that you had to enter both the username and password as you described here?

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    Hi Tim,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    That's a good question. I have not tried to logon to a hidden user account that way yet. It would be worth a try, but I suspect that it will not allow you to logon to it since hiding the user account also prevents access to it.

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    Well, I currently don't have my computer set up to require you to enter both the username and password, but I am going to enable it and see if it might work. I tried to connect to the hidden account through remote desktop and it worked, but that is only because I was logged in as administrator, right?

    I will post back when I have tried it.

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    OK Tim. I look forward to hearing the results.

    Shawn

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    Re: User Account - Hide

    I just tried it, and you are able to logon to the account even if it is hidden through entering the username and password.

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