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May 18, 2011 1:52:08 PM

I cannot understand why some accounts show up in the Windows XP Welcome Screen and other do not. I cannot seem to find any settings in the account manager that controls this.

In particular when I install PostgreSQL on Windows 7 the "postgres" account shows up on the welcome screen, but when I install on Windows XP, it does not show up.

Why is Microsoft Windows so consistently baffling?

Are there some other settings I need to look at somewhere such as the registry?

Cheers, Eric

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May 18, 2011 4:07:27 PM

That account really should not show up on the Windows 7 screen either. It sounds like a system account that the program uses, not a real user account. And if that program does actually create a user account for itself, that's pretty bad.

What type of account is this postgres? Does it show up in the User management?
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May 18, 2011 5:38:34 PM

The postgres account is a normal user account without admin privileges. It shows up in User Management on XP, through the manage UI, but it does not show up in the XP Control panel.

On windows 7 you can login to it, which is normal. But on Windows XP there seems to be no way to log into it.

In general the postgres account is only ever used when starting the postgres service.

Cheers, Eric
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May 18, 2011 7:11:30 PM

Eric Kolotyluk said:
The postgres account is a normal user account without admin privileges. It shows up in User Management on XP, through the manage UI, but it does not show up in the XP Control panel.

On windows 7 you can login to it, which is normal. But on Windows XP there seems to be no way to log into it.

In general the postgres account is only ever used when starting the postgres service.

Cheers, Eric


You can log into postgres in XP. In control panel, user accounts, select "change the way users log on and off". Turn off "use the welcome screen". Now you will have to type in your user name and password to log in. I'm sure win 7 has the same option.
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May 18, 2011 7:24:58 PM

hey,

well depending on what you want to do.
to hide or unhide a user in XP navigate to.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

find the user name and edit the reg_Dword
for hidden set it to 254 I believe, and to unhide it set it to 0.


Windows 7 is the same Idea.
but remember, windows 7 disabled the CTRL+ALT+DEL functionality, so unless you remote desktop into that user from another station that account isn't accessable at all unless you unhide it.
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May 28, 2011 11:11:44 PM

OK thanks. I will try that.

Cheers, Eric
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