Create a Hidden User Account

Posted by: Gremelin

Create a Hidden User Account - 03/07/04 10:39 AM

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User accounts normally appear on your Windows XP welcome screen. Today I'll show you a Windows tweak that lets you hide 'em from view. It only applies to a user account you've already created, so if you want to hide a completely new account, you must also create that account!

You'll need to go into your Registry, so back it up before you start just in case you make a mistake.

Here's how to hide your user account.

1. Click Start, Run, and type "regedit" (without quotes).

2. Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialA ccounts\UserList

3. Modify or create DWORD Value by right-clicking the right side of the screen and adding DWORD Value.

4. Give the value the same name as the account you want to hide. For example, if you want to hide StealthAccount, name the value StealthAccount.

5. Set the Value Data to 0 to hide the account. Value Data: 1 makes the account visible.

6. Exit the Registry and reboot.

Log on

To log on to your hidden account, you need to use the Log On To Windows dialog box by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete twice. Make sure you're logged off all accounts. You can't just switch users.

Not completely invisible

While your account remains hidden on the welcome screen, other users can still see its profile in C:\Documents and Settings (or wherever user profiles are stored), as well as in Local Users and Groups. So you're not totally in the clear, but you're certainly under the radar!

Have fun and be good.
Posted by: Artic Warrior

Re: Create a Hidden User Account - 04/03/04 02:32 PM

A couple of things that I noticed about this hidden account (and im not sure if it is just my pc) is that the hidden account can not be the admin account as it creates another account on the log in screen titled 'administrator' and its password is unknown.

Another thing that I picked up (that I must stress I do not know is related) is that when you go into

start/controlpanel/useraccounts and then select the 'learn about' options on the right hand side of the window, and then when you press the 'X' button to exit the screen the following error report comes up:

Internet Explorer Script Error

An error has occurred in the script on this page

line: 67
char: 5
Error: Class doesn't support automation
code: 0
URL ms-its:C:\WINDOWS\help|nusrmgr.chm::/HelpFrame.htm

Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?

If it is not related then can someone tell me how it can be fixed (it isnt that much of a problem so dont stress).
Posted by: Gremelin

Re: Create a Hidden User Account - 04/03/04 02:37 PM

No clue, I just relayed the article ...