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vistaIf you work or play on a computer shared with other people such as friends, family members, coworkers etc, you might feel the need to protect your files, settings and private information in a way that nobody, except you, will ever be able to read or modify them. Here are the links to a couple of articles explaining you how to prevent users from changing your display settings, disable the registry, prevent users from changing the color scheme,  and protect your programs and computer games. If you want to improve your privacy further, you might even set up a hidden user account so that nobody will ever be able to know you are using the computer. Here is the simple hack for Vista and XP.

  1. In Windows Vista click Start and in the Search Box (Run in XP) type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon \SpecialAccounts\UserList
  3. If you don’t find the SpecialAccounts and the UserList key, just create them!
  4. Click UserList and in the right pane, right-click and select New – DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Now name the DWORD after the name of the account you want to make invisible (the account has to be already there, before creating the new DWORD!!! ).
  6. Double click on the new DWORD and set it to 0 (zero).
  7. Restart your computer for the change to take effect.
  8. This trick will hide the the account from the Welcome Screen.

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7 Comments to “How to create an invisible user account in Vista and XP”

  1. Olisha Says:

    I’ve been taught to do this before..It worked pretty well. Everyone just make sure to follow directions carefully. I was satisfied with my results.

  2. Mpie Says:

    any way to log onto it after its hidden? on xp yu can type ctrl+alt+del twice when on the login page i think – but this doesnt work on vista.

    anybody figured it out yet?

  3. Web Talk Says:

    If SpecialAccounts or UserList do not exsit you have to create them! Also, i made a typo and i corrected it ( i wrote SpecialAccount but it was SpecialAccounts).

  4. Guest09 Says:

    HELP!!THIS DIRECTORY THERE ISN’T…I’VE GOT WINDOWS 7 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon \SpecialAccounts\UserList

  5. jazey Says:

    How do you find an invisible account

  6. Christina:( Says:

    ah! okay so i made it but it didn’t work? I made it saying “Special Account” instead of together, I added a space. Is that why? Or does it matter. Is there anyway to change it if i don’t have administrative privildges on my computer?

  7. Chakib Says:

    but if i created an invisible account , how can i log onto it after i turn on my computer !!!!!

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