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Change username displayed at logon screen LastLoggedOnUser

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    Change username displayed at logon screen LastLoggedOnUser

    I do a lot of remote administration after hours and I often login as an admin user into client workstations to fix various issues. One thing that I do to eliminate confusion is to edit the registry of a Win7 machine and change the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\LastLoggedOnUser registry value back to the user's username. That way inattentive users don't keep trying their password with the Admin username when they attempt to login the next day. I see that Windows 8 has the same key, but changing that value doesn't appear to "stick". It appears to be overwritten when you logout/reboot/shutdown. I've also tried deleting the SAM entries in the same key, but that seems to have no effect. I've seen several posts on how to show all users or none on the logon screen, but I'm trying to minimize the changes that end users will experience (complain about). I'm also hoping for a solution that will work with both domain and non-domain joined computers.

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Bastionpoint, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to always have all users show on the sign in screen instead of the last user. It's a bit of work though.
    Another option would be to have user sign in with both their user name and password to not have any users listed on the sign in screen.

    Hope this helps,
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Change username displayed at logon screen LastLoggedOnUser
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