User accounts play a vital role in limiting the extent of access to the data stored on the primary as well as secondary disks of a computer. This means such accounts promote data security. Therefore, it is always essential to make a user account for each user accessing the computer.
However, there are times when you do not want multiple user accounts. For example, you might have just brought an old machine from your friend, which shows unwanted user accounts while logging. Now, I am sure that this is quite irritating for you.
So, how do you remove those extra user accounts if you are using Windows XP? Well, there are two manual ways to do so of which one is a simple registry hack, while the other is an account deletion. Let us check them out now!
Make A Rarely Known Registry Change Intelligently
For most of us, registry is a scary tool to explore, as any change done without any prior knowledge can bring your system to a standstill. However, when it comes to removing/hiding user accounts in Windows XP, you can follow the below given solution without worrying. To remove a user account from the login screen in Windows XP, open the registry by entering regedit in the Run dialog box.
Now, navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT. Go down further to the CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList key. This will display the DWORD values on the right side, which indicate the special user accounts that are hidden.
Now, create a novel DWORD value whose Value name has to be the same as the user name and the Value data as 0 in decimal format (this value informs the computer to hide the user). Now, restart the computer. This time you will not see that user name on the login screen. You can repeat these steps for all the extra user accounts in Windows XP. In case you want to display the user name, simply delete the corresponding DWORD value.
Now, the question is can you still log on with the hidden account? The answer is yes! You can still log on by using a small trick. Once you see the login screen, you need to hit the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously twice, which will display the old login screen for entering the username and password. In case of Windows XP Home, boot the computer in safe mode for using a hidden account.
Use The Famous and User-Friendly Computer Management Tool
This is an alternative way of removing the user accounts from the login screen. However, use this method only if you are totally sure that you will not need the user account anymore, as this method is an irreversible one. In case you are unsure, kindly stick to the above method.
In this method, you need to open the Computer Management tool by right clicking My Computer on Desktop and selecting Manage.
Next, you need to navigate to Local Users and Groups --> Users, which will display the users on the right side.
Further, spot the username that you want to remove, right-click it, and select Delete.