Friday, May 04, 2012 3:16 PM
In an effort to slightly secure laptops deployed in the field, I set a registry setting to hide "Other User" from the Windows 7 Login Screen (to prevent guessing at Administrator quickly). However, I cannot remember what this registry setting was, and because Other User is now disabled, I cannot login as Administrator either. I booted into Recovery with Regedit open, but I cannot recall the key.
My questions are potentially 2:
1) Does anyone know what key I set to hide other user, so I can re-enable it?
2) Is there a keystroke to show a classic login as a workaround to my situation? Or some way of logging into Administrator without needing "other user" present?
Saturday, May 05, 2012 1:44 PM
1. Start from the procedure that you have used to HIDE and try the reverse step. You can access the affected computer from another "healthy " computer by setting the name in regedit.
2. Most likely you have addred key to the following branch
in new key SpecialAccounts you have DWORD (32bit) value UserList remove user name you want to reappeare on logon scree.
PS: There is an alternative that make use of one function from Windows 2003 Resource Kit
ntrights.exe -u <username> +r SeDenyInteractiveLogonRight
(find the reverse to hide in documentation)