Recently, we upgraded the PCs in the office, our machines which are running Windows 7, with standard login kiosk displays all users on the system. This is including local admin account. As a potential security risk and an annoyance to the staff, I was request to remove the admin account and hiding accounts that weren’t relevant. Through much searching I discovered the correct way to hide unnecessary user accounts is by doing the following:
Quoted from technet.microsoft.com:
- Run type regedit Once in regedit go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
- In the left panel, right click on Winlogon and click New and click Key.
- Type SpecialAccounts and press Enter
- In the left panel, right click on SpecialAccounts and click New and click Key.
- Type UserList and press Enter.
- In right panel of UserList, right click on a empty area and click New then click DWORD (32bit) Value.
- Type in the name of the user account that you want to hide and press Enter.eg: Everyday Account.
- In the right panel, right click on the user account name and click Modify.
To hide the user account – Type 0 and click OK. (number zero not the letter) Whenever you want to use the account just unhide the it by typing 1 instead of zero.