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    Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10

    How to Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10
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    03 Apr 2017
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    How to Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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 set the sign in screen to not show the account names. Instead, the sign in screen will only show Other user, and require users to enter both their password, and user name if local or domain account, or email address if Microsoft account.

    This tutorial will show you how to have the sign in screen not show account names, and require users to enter both their user name and password to sign in to Windows 10.

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

    Note   Note
    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 ever change the computer name afterwards.

    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: Sign in screen with and without displaying user names
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    Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen using Security Policy

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

    All editions can use Option Two below though.


    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)

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    3. In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on Interactive logon: Do not display last user name. (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

    NOTE: 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 screenshot below)

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

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






    Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Do Not Display User Name on Sign in Screen in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Displaying User Names on Sign in Screen using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .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

    NOTE: 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. If prompted, click 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.    27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    27 Dec 2015 #6

    Can I expect any help or shall I format my system
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    27 Dec 2015 #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 ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    27 Dec 2015 #9

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


 
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