Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

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

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

This was last published in February 2001

Dig Deeper on Microsoft Active Directory Security

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.