One of the least looked at security feature in Windows is the last login name. When you login on your Windows PC (either standalone or a Domain attached PC), it can display the last logged in user. This can be a security issue especially in a domain attached environment.
This can be disabled from the Local Security Policy snap-in or from Windows Registry.
To disable displaying the Las Logon ID in Windows from the Local Security Policy:
1. Click Start – Control Panel – Administrative Tools.
2. Open the Local Security Policy object.
3. Expand Local Policies – Security in the left pane.
4. Double-click the “Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name”
5. Select Enabled, Click Apply & OK
6. Close the Local Security Policy Editor
Restart the computer and you should no more see the Last logged in username.
To do this from the Windows Registry,
1. Click Start – Run, type “regedit”
2. Navigate to
3. In the right-pane, look for the key “DontDisplayLastUserName” and set it to “1″
4. Close Windows Registry Editor and restart Windows.
Last Logged in user name would have now disappeared.
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