How to Hide User Account on Windows 10 Sign-in Screen

hide user account on windows 10 sign-in screen

By default, Windows 10 shows the list of all user accounts in the lower left corner of the sign-in screen. Now, if you want to hide some of the user accounts in Windows 10 and make them invisible on the sign-in screen, read this page to learn how to do it.

How to hide user account on Windows 10 sign-in screen

You need to sign into Windows 10 as admin account before the following steps.

Step 1: Open Computer Management window (This PC -> Manage). Then expand Local Users and Groups and select Users. Then on the right-side pane check the name of the user account you want to hide and note down the name.

Check user name

Step 2: Press Win + R to open Run dialog box. Then type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor. Confirm the User Account Control dialog if prompted.

Type regedit in Run box

Step 3: Navigate to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Right-click on the Winlogon folder and select New -> Key to create a new key. Then you name the new key as SpecialAccounts.

Step 4: Right-click on the SpecialAccounts key, and select New -> Key to create a new subkey. Name this new key as UserList.

Create UserList sub key

Step 5: Select the UserList key. Then on the right-side pane, right-click on the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new DWORD.

Create new DWORD

Step 6: Name the DWORD the same name as the user account that you want to hide on Windows 10 sign-in screen. Don’t change its value; just leave it 0.

Name the new DWORD

Step 7: Restart your computer to make the changes take effect. Then you can see the user account disappear on Windows 10 sign-in screen.

3 tips:

  1. If you want to hide more user accounts, just repeat Step 5, 6, 7 as shown above. If you need to unhide the user account, just need to change the DWORD value from 0 to 1, or delete the entire SpecialAccounts key.
  2. Don’t hide all your admin account, otherwise, you will lose administrative access to Windows 10 and have to create another administrator account or enable the built-in administrator account by using a Windows 10 setup disc.
  3. As Registry is a very important part in Windows, some errors or mistakes may cause system failure, be careful to edit the registry. It’s a good idea to back up the registry before you edit it.

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