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I would like my Xbox (Xbmc) to access my Windows 7 shares without having Guest accounts enabled and without using my Administrator account login details. I have tried making it an account called Xbox and this works fine but the Xbox account appears on the login page for Windows. Is there a way to create an account that is purely for accessing shares without it appearing as a user account????

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Do you have four questions, because I see four question marks.

No, you can't. Users are users, and they can't really be hidden. If you are on a domain and using domain accounts then you have a few more options as to logging in, but they are still users.

If you want easy access to the share, why not just enable anonymous access?

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I guess i just wanted a finer grain approach to giving multiple people/systems differing levels of access to shares. –  Paulo Mar 25 '10 at 1:13
    
I really wish there was more control here, too. Kinda bummer that sharing is still so oldschool. I don't know if homegroups will give any more logical control, but I doubt the would work for you since you still have the xbox. –  Andrew Backer Mar 26 '10 at 17:31
    
Oh, how about making the login screen the old xp way, where you have to type in the username, not click on the picture. –  Andrew Backer Mar 26 '10 at 17:32
    
See the Answer below for a suggestion that might really work. –  Andrew Backer Nov 4 '11 at 6:45

In order to hide a user account (which also means create a hidden user account) in Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/02/21/how-to-create-hidden-user-account-hide-user-account-from-welcome-screen-in-windows/

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This should really be the answer, assuming it works. On a mac now so I can't try it. –  Andrew Backer Nov 4 '11 at 6:45
  1. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList
  2. Create the following entry: Username: REG_DWORD
  3. Set value to 0
  4. Reboot

See: Hide User Account from Welcome Screen in Windows

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