Revert login screen to previous user RRS feed

  • Question

  • Does anybody know of a way to have Windows 7 enterprise login screen revert back to the last login name used? We have a system of roaming profiles setup and our Help Desk uses local admin accounts to take care of minor things like local printer installs, application troubleshooting, and what not. I have always wondered if there is a way to make Windows 7 not hold onto this admin account name, and instead display the name of the last domain user.

    Example of what I am looking for:

    Joe.Shmo is signed in on the domain. He has to leave, but a new local printer needs to be installed.

    Help desk staff signs in with comp.admin account (which is a local account, not domain) installs the printer and logs off with batch file.

    Batch file reverts to last username of domain user, in this case Joe.Shmo

    Currently, the user has to click "Switch User" and type in their account name again. Its not really an issue, just a curiosity. I am well aware that I could use GPO to force everybody to type their name with every login. I am also aware that I can set a computer to default to a particular user name, however, this does not work because we have roaming profiles. Some of our users don't use the same computers daily or might have multiple locations.  Any ideas?

    Thursday, February 9, 2012 4:40 PM


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  • Hello,

    I suggest you these links:

    I think you can combine both information you'll find on pages of above links and you can answer to your question.



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    • Edited by Luca Fabbri Friday, February 10, 2012 1:20 PM
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 8:12 PM
  • That is a good read, but doesn't answer the question under the scenario here. The value that is returned to me on these keys is consistently temp or admin based off of the type of profile the user is. This may not be possible where we are using roaming profiles on a domain account and local administration accounts for troubleshooting.
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 8:58 PM
  • Hi,

    This is by design. Based on my understanding, you cannot change it.

    If you find have any inconveniences or suggestions, please submit your feedback to our Product Feedback Team :

    Juke Chou

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, February 13, 2012 9:29 AM
  • Hi Patrick-OTP-IT,

    This is an interesting problem for administration.. and I think there are options.. one I take a look at in my blog here..

    Take a look... and let me know.


    Kevin Costain
    @calwell on Twitter
    Calwell's Blog

    Monday, February 13, 2012 2:04 PM
  • I will take look at this and get back to you. I had been looking at something similar to the reg entries, but we are a completely 64-bit shop. Because of this I seem to be getting inconsistent results. I have a rollout to do today, but after its completed I should be able to afford a little more time to look into the issue.
    Monday, February 13, 2012 2:27 PM