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Tue, Jan 20, 2009 2:17 pm

Unhiding an Account From the XP Welcome Screen

I had hidden the "owner" account from being visible at the Windows XP Welcome Screen on a laptop running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (see Hiding an Account from the Welcome Screen). "Fast User Switching" was turned on, so I could switch from one account to another. I could hit Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up a login prompt that would allow me to input the userid of "owner" and the password for that account, but that would only work if no other account was logged on already. I could run programs from the command prompt by using the runas command, but there were times when I also wanted to be able to switch to that account and use it with a GUI interface, so I decided to "unhide" the account.

You can use regedit, which provides a GUI interface for editing the registry or you can use the reg command at a command prompt to query and modify the registry.

Since I was logged in under an unprivileged account, i.e. one not in the Administrators group, I first opened a command prompt under that account and then used the runas command to open another command prompt under an account in the Administrators group, in this case the "Owner" account on the laptop.

C:\>runas /user:owner cmd

I then used the reg query command to check the current registry entry applying to the "owner" account that kept it from being visible at the welcome screen for Windows XP.

C:\>reg query "hklm\software\microsoft\windows nt\CurrentVersion
\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList" /v Owner

! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows nt\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Special
Accounts\UserList
    Owner       REG_DWORD       0x0

A value of zero in the key HKLM\software\microsoft\windows nt\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList\userid means the account represented by userid won't be visible at the Welcome Screen. If you put a value of one there, then the account will be visible.

I then changed the value with the reg add command. Note: when using the reg add command, if a value already exists in the registry for a key, you will be prompted as to whether you want to override it unless you use the /f option with the command.

C:\>reg add "hklm\software\microsoft\windows nt\CurrentVersion\W
inlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList" /v Owner /t REG_DWORD /d 1
Value Owner exists, overwrite(Y/N)? y

The operation completed successfully

C:\>reg query "hklm\software\microsoft\windows nt\CurrentVersion
\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList" /v Owner

! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows nt\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Special
Accounts\UserList
    Owner       REG_DWORD       0x1

I was then able to use the Windows logo key + L to obtain the welcome screen where I could now see the "Owner" account listed as one of those I could select.

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