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Start-up menu change to leave login blank

How can I change the Start-up menu where the users have to type their login and pass? For instance, I need to change the keyboard language (It's in French...) and every time someone wants to login, I want the login to be blank. (Now you can see the name of the person who logged on last).

There are a couple of ways to do this: a utility and a direct hack to the Registry. The utility is TweakUI, which is available on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit. This tool contains a multitabbed interface that controls lots of little interface parameters, including the last logon display.

The direct hack method goes like this. Open Regedit and drill down through Hkey_Local_Machine | Software | Microsoft | Windows NT | CurrentVersion | Winlogon. This is the key that controls the Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) window. Find the DontDisplayLastUserName entry and change the value from 0 to 1.

In your situation, the Registry hack is probably going to be the simplest to deploy to users. Save the entry using Regedit via Files | Export Registry File. Give it a name like NoName.Reg. Then edit the file and remove all but the entry you're going to distribute. It will look something like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionWinlogon]
"DontDisplayLastUserName"="1"

Then put a line in your logon script like this.
Regedit /s noname.reg

This was first published in February 2001

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