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    Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in

    How to Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Sign-in Screen in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    07 Apr 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Sign-in Screen in Windows 10


    Windows 10 has a new sign in screen that is more modern and touch friendly. By default, you need to dismiss the lock screen and enter your credentials on the sign-in screen to sign in to Windows 10 with your account.

    By default, the sign in screen will show the names of added accounts for a user to select their account and provide their sign-in credentials.

    If you like, you can enable or disable the Interactive logon: Don't display last signed-in security policy to determine whether the Windows sign-in screen will show the username of the last person who signed in on the PC.

    If enabled, the sign-in screen will only show Other user at startup, sign out, and switch user requiring users to sign in with both their user name and a sign-in option. If a user is signed in and locks or restarts the computer, then the sign-in screen will still be normal requiring only a sign-in option.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable whether the sign-in screen will show Other User or the username of the last user who signed in to Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Other user can also show on the sign in screen if you set Windows to automatically sign in to a user account at startup and change the computer name afterwards.

    If you turned on Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart, you will not see Other user on the sign-in screen after a restart or shut down.

    If you disable the lock screen, the Other user sign-in screen may not always show the correct background for the user.



    Contents

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen using Security Policy
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen using a REG file



    EXAMPLE: "Don't display last signed-in" Enabled and Disabled

    (Default - disabled)
    Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in-default.jpg

    (Enabled - At startup, sign out, or Switch user)
    Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in-other_user.jpg

    (Enabled - Lock or Restart while signed-in)
    Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in-while_signed-.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen using Security Policy


    This option is only available in the Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    1 Open Local Security Policy (secpol.msc).

    2 Expand open Local Policies in the left pane, and click/tap on Security Options. (see screenshot below)

    Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in-secpol_do_not_display_last_user_name-1.jpg

    3 In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on Interactive logon: Don't display last signed-in. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Enable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen

    This is the default setting.

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 6)


    6 To Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshots below)

    Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in-secpol_do_not_display_last_user_name-2.jpg Do Not Display Last Signed-in User Name on Windows 10 Sign-in-secpol_do_not_display_last_user_name-3.jpg


    7 You can now close Local Security Policy if you like.

    8 Users will see the change the next time they sign in.






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will add and change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    dontdisplaylastusername DWORD

    0 or delete = enable
    1 = disable


    1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Display_users_on_Sign_in_screen.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Do_not_display_users_on_Sign_in_screen.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    8 Users will see the change the next time they sign in.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #1

    I followed option 2 and step 3 on my laptop.
    And it is locked,asking username and password.
    I tried with my Microsoft account but still it is not logging.
    Need help.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Shanks55, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    When using the disable option, it will ask users to enter both a user name and password.

    You should be able to enter the email address of your Microsoft account as the user name, and then your password for it.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #3

    While installation of windows 10,I didn't set any account.I just follow those steps.On the screen it is displaying Other User.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    What did you use to install Windows 10, and how did you install it?

    When you setup Windows 10, you go through the process of setting up an administrator account by default.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #5

    I installed it directly through Microsoft site.
    Yeah by default it was set as an administrator . right
    Last edited by shanks55; 27 Dec 2015 at 13:23.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #6

    Can I expect any help or shall I format my system
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I think some patience may help.

    Are you able to type in the user name and password of the user account you setup while installing Windows?

    Did you do this tutorial to have to type user name and password, or did this just happen directly after installing Windows?
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #8

    Great.
    I installed Windows 10 when it officially comes 2 months back
    from the notification bar.
    I just wanted to remove the username from the startup screen.
    So I followed your instructions.
    After I restarted my laptop username and password screen Appeared.
    I tried using my Microsoft account but it doesn't seems to be working.
    When I installed Windows,I might have skipped the account related activities.
    So now I'm not able to use it.
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #9

    I can able to type in user name and password.
    It just happens directly brother.
      My Computer


 

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