Hide User From Login Screen on Windows 10

If your like me, and always like to be anonymous on someone else’s computer, for example, this weekend I’m at my parent’s house and I haven’t got my laptop with me. I needed to find out how to hide a user from the login screen on Windows 10. So I’ve kind of took over their home PC for the weekend, but I needed to create my own user account as I love to have my privacy no matter what I’m doing on a PC.

So that’s where this post comes into light. I didn’t want them to know that Id created another account on their PC as my parents are a bit funny when something has the slightest change, they tend to freak out. which results me into having an ear full because it’s not what there used to. Also bear in mind that they are 70 years old. Anyway here is how you hide a user from the login screen on Windows 10.

How To Hide User From Login Screen

Create a New User Account On Window 10

First off, we need to create brand new user account on the machine you are using. Most people know how to do this straight away, but if you’re a beginner or need guidance, then head to Control Panel –> User Accounts –> ”Add or remove user accounts”.

Tip – In Control Panel I like to change it, so everything is viewed in smaller items like the traditional Control Panel back in the day (I’m old school). To do this, under ”View by” change ”Category” to ”Small icons”.

Before:

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After:

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From here, Select ”User Accounts” and we should be at the screen below.

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As you can see I have already created my local account previously, but I will still talk you through the steps for those people who need a little guidance. It is pretty straight forward so I doubt anyone would make any mistakes, but to create a new user in Windows 10, simply click on ”Add a new user in PC settings”, the window below will pop up and select ‘‘Add someone else to this PC”.

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At this point, Microsoft being Microsoft will ask you for an email address or phone number, to associate to the new user account. For me, like I mentioned earlier, I like my privacy, so all I wanted to do, is to create a simple admin user account without all this hassle with email addresses or phone numbers. to do this just select ”I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” at the bottom.

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On the next window, select ”Add a user without a Microsoft account”.

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Here we can now start entering the username of the account and also create a password if needed. After filling the information out, hit ”Next”.

Now you should see that the new user account has been created, but only as a standard local account. If your happy with the new account being a standard account you can skip to ”Hide User account”. To change the account to an administrator, select the new user account and change account type.

Change ”Standard” to ”Administrator”

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Hide User

Hiding the newly created user account requires us to make changes to the Windows 10 registry, so before anything, please back up your registry incase something goes wrong. File –> Export –> Save to a location of your choice.

To begin, press ”Windows Logo Key + R” to open Run, and type in ”regedit” then hit enter.

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Head to the following path below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Once there, right-click on the directory ”Winlogon” and select ”New –> Key” and name the folder ”SpecialAccounts” and hit enter.

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With the ”SpecialAccounts” directory created, right-click on ”SpecialAccounts” Select ”New –> Key”, and type ”UserList” then hit enter.

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Now we need to create a DWORD (32-bit) Value, so on the directory ”UserList”, right-click and select ”New –> DWORD (32-bit) Value” and type the username for the new user account you created earlier and hit enter.

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To make sure the new user account is hidden from the Windows 10 logon screen, we need to set the value of the DWORD to ”0”.

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Double click on the new ”DWORD (32-bit)” file and under ”Value data” type ”0” and hit okay. In the future if you need to make the user account visible again, just change the value from ”0” to ”1”.

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Exit ”regedit” by selecting File –> Exit”

Restart your computer and your new user account will be hidden from the Windows 10 login screen.

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