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How to Unhide User Account on Windows 10 Computer

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In Windows 10, you need a user account to sign in to your computer. On installing new windows, you are required to set up an account which is by default an administrator account on your computer. You can also set up another local user account which can be used by your family member or another person on your computer. However, sometimes Windows 10 do not show the user on the login screen and people will not be able to get into computer.

So, what if you have an extra user account on your computer and you want to disable it or you have a disabled account, and you want to unhide it. Disabling a user account is different from deleting it because when you disable an account it will not appear on login screen.

If a user account is disabled, its name will not be displayed on the login screen of Windows 10 or in Start Menu just like the pictures below.

windows login screen

So what if you want to unhide the users. Following are 3 ways you can use to do so:

  • Using Command Prompt
  • Using Group Policy
  • Using Registry Editor

Way 1: To unhide user account using Command Prompt

If a user account is disabled or hidden, follow the steps to enable it:

Step 1:

Start Command Prompt with Administrative privileges. To do this, press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to open task manager, click on “File” and then on “Run new task.” Write cmd.exe and check the checkbox to ensure that it opens as administrator. Click “OK.”

use Windows to access CMD

Step 2:

Type the command Net User “User_Name” /active: yes to unhide the user. Note that the User_Name in the command is actual user account name, e.g. Sufi.

run above command in CMD

Step 3:

You can close the command prompt after completing the steps. You will now be able to see the user account in Start Menu as well as on windows login screen.

run above command in CMD username will display on Login Screen

Tip: To show hidden administrator account windows 10 through Command Prompt use the below command:

net user administrator /active: yes

how to show admin account in windows 10

Way 2: To unhide user account using Group Policy

You can enable/show hidden administrator account through Windows Group Policy, Here’s Guide How you can dot it.

Step 1:

Press “Windows key + R” and open Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc to open Local Users and Groups.

enter the command RUN

Step 2:

Now click on Users in left, and double click on the user account Name you want to enable/unhide. You can also see the Administrator user account in the middle pane, so if you want to enable that one, double-click on it.

click on user account name to show

Step 3:

Another window will open when you will double-click the user account name. In that Properties window, you have to uncheck the checkbox Account is disabled.

uncheck Account is disabled

When finished, close the Local Users and Groups. The user account will be enabled, and you will be able to use it.

Way 3: To hide/unhide user account using Registry Editor

You can hide/unhide the user account in windows 10 using Registry Editor.

Step 1:

Press “Windows key + R” and open Run dialog, type regedit, and press OK to open Registry Editor.

Press Yes if any window opens to get administrator privileges.

Step 2:

In Registry Editor window follow this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Now Right click on Winlogon folder, click on New and then click on Key.

access the above mention path

Step 3:

Name this new key as SpecialAccounts.

Name new key as a special account

Step 4:

Make another new key under SpecialAccount and name it as UserList.

create a new key and name it user list

Step 5:

in Right pane, click Right click > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

right click and create new DWORD

Name it to the user account you want to hide on Windows 10 login screen.

check the created name

Step 6:

Restart your PC, and you will see that the Windows 10 does not show the user on login screen.

Note: If you want to unhide the user account on Windows 10 login screen, then simply go to the UserList key you made, and delete the account by clicking Right Click > Delete.

hide user account details

If any message window for confirmation pop up, Click OK. Restart your computer, and you will be able to see the account which was hidden.

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