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    On a XP OS, one could "Hide" an account(s), by using TweakUi.
    Has an one find a way of doing this in Windows 7 or even in Vista?

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    A google search for "hide user account windows 7" bring several links. Most of them are speaking about modifying the registry. Be careful
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    On a XP OS, one could "Hide" an account(s), by using TweakUi.
    Has an one find a way of doing this in Windows 7 or even in Vista?
    I looked in Ultimate Windows Tweaker and don't see anything there, Dave, so it looks like you're (so far) stuck with Francois' Google hits...

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    Thanks, I had done a Google but found the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    On a XP OS, one could "Hide" an account(s), by using TweakUi.
    Has an one find a way of doing this in Windows 7 or even in Vista?
    The difference, and in this I am paraphrasing the discussion of UAC (user account control) in Windows 7 Inside Out, but Ed Bott et al, may be that in Windows XP most users ran with administrative privileges, but in Windows 7 and in Vista, the User Account Control (UAC) feature means that all users, even those with administrator accounts, run with a standard user token in ordinary operation.

    If you take that as your starting point I suspect that you may find what you are looking for. My impression is that the concealment potential is more substantial, and the safety factor against malware is greater, with Windows 7 than it ever was with XP, but, and it is a big but, this is stuff I am struggling with myself at present.

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    I have a backdoor on almost all machines that I support (With owner's permission), so when they have clobbered their account, I can still get in. With this account hidden the owner does not always see it and it has a heavy password on it.

    This has saved many a backside and the owners now understand why it is there. I just want to hide it from the daily users, as it blocks the single user auto start and if not visible then no attempts can be tried in using it.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I have found a Tweak in the WS Win7 Tweak book, but NO way to get the the account with out going in from another Admin account and removing the account DWORD.

    In XP all one needed to do at the Welcome screen was to do a Ctrl-Alt-Delete and the old Windows 2000 log in screen appeared.

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    You may be able to use the following command lines as a .cmd file and then boot to the administrator account:

    net user administrator /active:yes

    and then

    net user administrator /active:no

    To return the system to default condition. These two lines do work and I use them all the time to do some things that ard hard to do in standard user mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millard Watson View Post
    You may be able to use the following command lines as a .cmd file and then boot to the administrator account:

    net user administrator /active:yes

    and then

    net user administrator /active:no

    To return the system to default condition. These two lines do work and I use them all the time to do some things that ard hard to do in standard user mode.
    I do NOT want the Administrator account, I want to be able to HIDE and and then use the Windows 2K log in screen to a Admin account.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I was just reading the excerpt from "Windows 7 Tweaks" by Steve Sinchak that
    was a free download to all Windows Secrets Subscribers through December 2nd.

    Following is the regedit instructions to make a user account hidden on the
    Window 7 login screen. [ Note: use extreme caution and make a backup of the
    registry (or at least the keys you are changing) before proceeding. ]

    <start quote>
    1. Click the Start button, type regedit in the Search box, and then press
    Enter.

    2. When Registry Editor loads, navigate through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,
    SOFTWARE, Microsoft, Windows NT, CurrentVersion, and Winlogon.

    3. You must now create a new key. Right-click the Winlogon folder, select
    New, and then select Key. Name this new key SpecialAccounts.

    4. Right-click the new SpecialAccounts key, select New, and then select Key.
    Call this new key UserList.

    5. Now you are ready to add the name of the account that you want to hide.
    To add a name, right-click and select a new DWORD (32-bit) value.

    6. When the new DWORD is created, enter the name of the userís account
    as the name of the DWORD. After you have done this, you can close the
    Registry Editor.

    After you log off and back on or reboot, the user will not be displayed on
    the logon screen.

    If you ever change your mind and want the account to display on the logon
    screen again, just delete the DWORD that you made in the system registry, and
    everything will be back to the way it once was.

    <end quote>

    Hope this helps.

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    If you had read the above post you would see that I have done that. BUT, one MUST edit the registry every time to get back to that account.

    All of the workarounds ALL require that one have a Valid Open account, in order to make changes to the registry. If one can NOT get into a account, how is one to make these changes?

    ALL I want is a simple method like we have in Windows XP and using TweakUI, to hide a account, and then the Ctrl-Alt-Del trick at the Welcome screen opens the Windows 2000 like login screen.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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