User accounts in Windows 7 can easily be hidden from showing up within the Windows Login as well as the control panel user administration. The easiest way to do this is to set a simple value within the registry.

The registry patch will essentially look like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList]
"yourusername"=dword:00000000

All that needs to be done is to change ‘yourusername’ to the desired user to hide. Keep in mind that renaming an account display name does not alter the name you would use here (if you renamed it is often easiest to find the old name by looking at C:\Users.

To undo this without going through the registry, simply append a minus symbol in place of the dword:00000000 like so:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList]
"yourusername"=-

For your ease, here is the registry code for easy editing and running!

Hidden Windows 7 User

Hidden Windows 7 User – Undo

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