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Remove user from Windows 7 Professional logon menu

Posted on 2012-03-17
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I use a single administrative user, say MARC, on my laptop running Win 7 Pro.
I set up another user, say ANDROID, to allow my phone and tablet to reach one and only one shared folder on my laptop via ES File Explorer.
Everything works as expected.

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Now that I have more than 1 user, I get the Welcome menu with MARC & ANDROID. I want to keep ANDROID for the share, but go straight to MARC when I sign on. ANDROID will never need to sign on at the laptop.

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Question by:CranberryFog
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by:HackettstownComputerMedic
HackettstownComputerMedic earned 1000 total points
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Hi CranberryFrog,

If you don't care about password protection, it looks like this will work:

Click on Start and then enter the following command in the search box:

netplwiz

Press the ENTER key.

This command will load the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel applet.

In the Users tab, uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.

Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the User Accounts window.

When the Automatically Log On dialog box appears, enter the user name you wish to automatically login to Windows 7 with. Then enter your account password in the two fields where it's asked.

Click the OK button.

Click OK on the User Accounts window to complete the process.

Source: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/auto-logon-windows-7.htm
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by:HackettstownComputerMedic
ID: 37733482
Actually for me, I found that I had to actually click on the "netplwiz" program that came up rather than just hit enter.
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by:CranberryFog
ID: 37733591
This works perfectly for me. I accept it as my solution. However, I would really like to know if there is a way I can remove the ANDROID user from the menu, leaving MARC intact, in case I wanted to password protect MARC. This is easy in Windows Server. No counterpart in 7?
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footech earned 1000 total points
ID: 37734014
A few solutions I would propose that would work when you have a password set on all accounts.
1) Here's a way to hide a user that involves editing the registry.
http://www.windows7home.net/hide-user-account-from-welcome-screen-in-windows-7/

2) Run gpedit.msc, go to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies | User Rights Assignment.  Add the user you want to hide to the setting "Deny log on locally".  If I'm remembering right, this will still allow to access the computer via a share using those credentials (but I haven't verified this).

3) Run gpedit.msc, go to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options.  Configure the setting "Interactive logon: Do not display last user name" to enabled.  With this you will no longer be presented with a screen to click on user accounts, you will have to type both the username and password to log on.
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by:CranberryFog
ID: 37734762
OK. I knew about #1, but don't want users unnecessarily in the registry. #3 would work, but was not quite what I wanted. I was looking for something like User Rights under Administrative tools in Server 2008 R2. #2 is right on the money. Iw works, and yes, I verified the share works as well.

I am faced with two complete, excellent answers to my question as originally worded. So, I have doubled the points and awarded to both HackettstownComputerMedic and footech. Many thanks - I will use both solutions often.
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by:HackettstownComputerMedic
ID: 37734957
Thank you. :)
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