When I turn on my Windows 10 machine it shows my name and email address on the login screen. Anyone sitting next to me on the train can see who I am. How can I hide this information?


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This is what I do:

  1. Press Win+R then type gpedit.msc
  2. Head to "Computer Configuration" -> "Windows Settings" -> "Security Settings" -> "Local Policies" -> "Security Options"
  3. Find Interactive logon: Do not display last user name
  4. Set it to "Enabled"

If this policy is enabled, the name of the last user to successfully log on is not displayed in the Logon Screen.

  • Does this only work on Windows 10 Pro? gpedit.msc can't be found on my Win 10 Home machine.
    – shrmn
    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:08
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    @shrmn This method is indeed only for Pro editions, Home editions don't include the Local Group Policy Editor.
    – nidunc
    Apr 3, 2016 at 22:37
  • @nidunc The OP never specified his edition. If he does i'll update my answer.
    – Insane
    Apr 3, 2016 at 22:40
  • @Insane No problem, was just answering shrmn's question.
    – nidunc
    Apr 3, 2016 at 23:08
  • @Insane I have the Home Edition of Windows 10 Apr 15, 2016 at 12:15

Please refer to this article https://www.howtogeek.com/245944/how-to-hide-your-personal-information-on-the-windows-10-login-screen/

If you modify or add registry entries to:

Key: HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System

Entry: DWORD 32 dontdisplaylastusername value 1
Entry: DWORD 32 DontDisplayLockedUserID value 3
Entry: DWORD 32 dontdisplayusername     value 1

I am currently trying to remove the signin name during logging in. (fixed, reg line added above)

Theres also a switch in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Show account details (toggle to off)

Hope this helps a bit!

  • I have now been able to with, the release of 1703 remove signin name during login at the same key location with this entry: Entry: DWORD 32 dontdisplayusername value 1 and I will reflect this in the above reply
    – Adsy2010
    Aug 3, 2017 at 19:20

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