Hiding accounts in Windows

There was one annoying side-effect of installing the Cygwin SSH server - I had to create an account for it. Not that this is inherently a problem, but I noticed that the new "Privileged service" account showed up on the login screen. That needed to go.

Turns out that hiding an account in Windows 7 is actually pretty easy. Just a simple registry entry - create a DWORD with the name of the user to hide and value zero under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList" - and you're all set. Nice to know.

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