User Account - Hide

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How to Disable or Enable a User Account in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to hide (disable) or unhide a user account from being accessed or seen in Vista and Windows 7. Only another Administrator account will still be able to access only the files from this hidden user account from within Windows Explorer.
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
Disable and 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)​
lusrmgr.jpg

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)​
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.​
Winlogon.jpg

5. Type SpecialAccounts and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
Winlogon_New_Key.jpg

6. In the left pane, right click on SpecialAccounts and click on New and Key. (See screenshot below)​
SpecialAccounts.jpg

7. Type UserList and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
SpecialAccounts_New_Key.jpg

8. In right pane of UserList, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32bit) Value.​
(See screenshot below)​
UserList.jpg

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.
UserList_DWORD32.jpg

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.
User_Account_Name.jpg

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.​
Modify_User_Account.jpg

13. Close regedit.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Shawn Brink

Comments

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

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

Shawn
 
Hi King404,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

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
 
Hi King404,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

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?
 
Hi Tim,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

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. :(

Shawn
 
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.
 
I just tried it, and you are able to logon to the account even if it is hidden through entering the username and password.
Thank you Tim for the feedback. I will add this information to the tutorial. I'm sure that it will come in handy.

Shawn
 
Hi The Guardians,

No, that was just an example user account name. You would only use your actual user name for that account.

Shawn
 
Hi Shawn,
Wouldn't I get essentially the same result by disabling the account? I have my computer set up to require name and password (no mickey mouse pics that way). I disable accounts through LUsrMgr.msc.
karl
 
Hi Karl,

I have not tried it yet, but yes I believe it should have the same result. LUsrMgr.msc is not available for the Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions, but if it does, then it will make a good easier option for folks with the other Vista editions.

Thank you,
Shawn
 
Yo, thankz Brink! Ur site has been very usefull for me! I just migrate to Vista x64 and I'm almost liking it... gonna take some time to set just the way I like, but i'm enjoyin' the time I spent learnin' about.
C'ya!
 
Hi Karl! I figured that disablin' the account turn the adminstrative properties and permitions off for network function, such sharing. And when I tested the registry mode, everything worked fine.

Hi Shawn,
Wouldn't I get essentially the same result by disabling the account? I have my computer set up to require name and password (no mickey mouse pics that way). I disable accounts through LUsrMgr.msc.
karl
 
Yo, thankz Brink! Ur site has been very usefull for me! I just migrate to Vista x64 and I'm almost liking it... gonna take some time to set just the way I like, but i'm enjoyin' the time I spent learnin' about.
C'ya!
Your welcome Ftrentini, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Shawn
 
Hi there,

In your tutorial you mentioned to go to safe mode to unhide your administrator account if you have accidentally hidden your only administrator account. How do you unhide the account in safe mode? When I got into safe mode the only account I could log in to was my guest account, similar to the screen I would have got if windows started normally (i.e. non-safe mode).
 
Hello Boy1m and welcome to Vista Forums.

Normally if you do not have any available administrator accounts (ex: all hidden or deleted by mistake), you would automatically logged in the built-in Administrator account when you boot into Safe Mode. If not, then enabled the built-in Administrator account, log off while in Safe Mode, then log in to the built-in Administrator account to now be able to unhide your other account in.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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