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In the list of users (under Local Users and Groups in my Windows 7) I have an ASPNET user (its description says "Account used for running the ASP.NET worker process (aspnet_wp.exe)" and its full name is "ASP.NET Machine Account")

The thing is this user does not appear in Windows login screen. What I have found:

  • It is not a "Built-in security pricipal" user
  • It belongs only to Users group
  • I don't have HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts key in my registry

In every sense I can see that it is a normal user yet it does not appear in login screen. Now the questions are:

What does make it special?

How can I create a user like this?

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The most likely reason is that it has the "Deny log on locally" user right.

Run gpedit.msc and go to Computer Configuration: Windows Settings: Security Settings: Local Policies: User Rights Assignment and find the "Deny log on locally" setting. By default this contains the Guest account; I think in your case you will find it also contains the ASPNET account.

You can add additional accounts to this list by double-clicking on "Deny log on locally" and selecting "Add User or Group".

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