How to Change Last Logged on User at Windows XP Login Screen in Registry

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How to Change Last Logged on User at Windows XP Login Screen in Registry

After logging onto a Windows XP computer, your username will be displayed on the login screen after a restart or logoff.

Whether working remotely or locally, you may not want the next person to login to the computer to know you were logged into it. The 2 main reasons are:

  1. Security - The user may not want you in their computer and they would question you if they knew you were in it.
  2. Login Trouble - Many users do not know how to switch user accounts, and they may spend 30 minutes trying to login before they call you for help!

To change the last logged in user at the Windows XP login screen, simply edit the following registry entry and restart the computer. Just add the username to the entry (only the username, not the domain name):

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

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