First, a Warning. Be very careful when hiding user accounts in Vista. If you
hide the only available administrative account, you can effectively lock
yourself out of performing any tasks that require administrative privileges
on the system. This is because the CTRL+ALT+DEL procedure is no longer an
option at the login screen. Also, if you hide the only user created,
visible, administrator account on the system you will not be able to log on
with this account, even in Safe Mode. Also, if you hide the only visible
administrator account, you will also not be able to logon with the Built-in
Administrator account in Safe Mode. You must have administrator privileges
to hide or un-hide a user account in Vista.
In Vista when you hide a user profile, it is really "hidden". You cannot
access this account in normal or Safe mode.
Hide Users from the Welcome Screen
Go to Start and type: regedit.exe Right click regedit.exe in the results
and select the Run As Administrator option.
Navigate to the following registry key:
If the SpecialAccounts and UserList keys are not there, you will need to
Right click the Winlogon key and select New/Key from the menu.
Name the Key SpecialAccounts (Case sensitive)
Right click the SpecialAccounts Key and select New/Key.
Name this Key UserList (Case sensitive)
With the UserList key selected, right click in the right side pane and
select New / DWORD Value (32-bit).
Name this Value the same exact name of the user account that you want
Double click this Value and place a 0 (Zero) in the Value Data line. Click
This will prevent the user from showing up on the welcome screen.
Do this for each account you want hidden.
"kmarkum" <u38668@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:7a7267f04f99b@xxxxxx
> Ronnie Vernon MVP wrote:
>>Most everything that you can do with the MMC can be done in the home
>>versions using direct registry edits.
>>There is no way to actually 'disable' an account in Vista, but you can
>>'hide' an account so that it is invisible on the login screen.
>>Let me know if this is what you want to do.
> I would like to know the registry edits to hide an account in Vista Home
> Premium, and access it via Ctrl-Alt-Del twice at Welcome screen, similar
> XP Professional. Or is there another way in Vista?
> I am comfortable editing the registry.