Hide User Accounts at Windows Logon Screen

On some Computer installations, I prefer to cread two user accounts like “User” and “UserAdmin” to have the Admin Rights still separated even if UAC is implemented. This gives you the advantage that windows asks for a password before any program gets elevated rights and ensures that you don’t only click on yes as usual. In my oppinion it’s more secure to work this way for people that have less experience on computers.

But if I create this additional account, that account is also visible as logon account on startup. To prevent this account being listed there, I had to change the following Registry key:

  • Open “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  • Create a Subkey “.\SpecialAccounts
  • Create a Subkey “.\SpecialAccounts\UserList

The whole new key should look like this:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Now you can create a DWORD with the name of the user you want to change the setting. As an example, let’s use “UserAdmin” here:

Now you can use the following Values for that DWORD:

0 = hide User Account
1 = show User Account
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Customize Windows 7 Logon Background

Every PC has the same logon screen, why not change that for yours? It really easy, but needs admin rights on the computer.

Requirements:

  • you need a picture that suits your screen i.e. 4:3 or 16:9 or whatever
  • the pic should be a JPG and smaller in size than 256kb
  • admin rights on the computer

What you have to do:

  • create or open existing folder: “%windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds”
  • put your JPEG in here and name it “backgroundDefault.jpg”
  • use regedit and go to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
  • edit or create DWORD “OEMBackground” with a value of “1” / 0x1

This change is immediately activated, just lock the screen and check out if the picture shows up. If you’re having troubles feel free to ask here using the comment function.

Create Icons on your Linux Desktop

On Windows, you can right click on your Desktop to select New->Shortcut. On Linux, it isn’t as easy like this.

To be faster, I recommend to open a shell without root privileges. As an example, we’re goint to create a Desktop File that opens a Remote Desktop Session to “server2” using the “rdesktop” executable. To do so, we create a file, set it as executable and open it in gedit with the following commands:

  • cd /home/username/Desktop
  • touch server2.desktop
  • chmod +x server2.desktop

A new Windows appears, where we now can insert the following text template:

—insert-from-here—
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Version=1.0
Icon=/home/username/Icons/rdp.ico
TryExec=rdesktop
Terminal=false
StartupNotify=false
NoDisplay=true
Name=server2 (RDP)
Exec=rdesktop -g 1280×900 servername
Comment=Start Remote Desktop Session
—stop-insert—

Save the file and check out the new Icon on your Desktop. The Icon file defined in Line 4 can be created by searching for any Icon on Google Images and covert it using the following online Tool:

http://converticon.com/

Icon created !