Whenever you turn on your computer, Windows 10 warmly greets you by displaying your photo, name and email in its login screen. If you don’t want Windows to show them, you can hide these to increase privacy by going through our simple tutorial.
Microsoft intended to make Windows 10 the most user friendly of all Windows. Its primary objective was to ensure building of an OS that was extremely easy to get acquainted with. In doing so, some of the much loved features such as the old battery indicator were shown the door. It was confusing as to why Microsoft decided to ditch these kind of features in favor of new ones particularly as their replacements haven’t been good enough and in some cases, have made things ambiguous such as forgetting a WiFi network.
Another of Microsoft’s attempts to make Windows 10 stand on our fingertips is the Quick Access. Its main purpose is to ensure that the things we mostly require while using our computers are available to us via a single click on the File Explorer. It also keeps a track of whatever we open in our PC be it photos, documents, videos etc. This didn’t seem a good idea to me and I removed recent files from it due to privacy reasons.
The Windows login screen also displays some valuable information about your account whenever you turn on or wake your computer from sleep. It includes your personal account picture, the email address associated with that account, and your full name. This information is helpful especially when you don’t own a personal computer. However, it might be a good idea to hide and keep it private.
Steps to hide photo, name and email address in Windows 10 logon lockscreen:
Step 1: Open Local Group Policy editor by typing Edit Group Policy in Windows Search.
Step 2: Follow the following path to reach Security Options:
Computer Configuration >> Windows Settings >> Security Settings >> Local Policies >> Security Options.
Step 3: Look for “Interactive Logon: Display user information when the session is locked” and double click it.
Step 4: Click on the drop down menu and select the option that says “Do not display user information” as shown in the image below and then click on Apply.
Step 5: Now, in the same window you did Step 3, look for “Interactive logon: Do not display last user name” and double click on it.
Step 6: In the resulting window, click on Enabled then Apply.
Note that this guide has been tested only for Windows 10 Pro. It may not work for you!