Is it possible to disable the user account picture in the Start me

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Gabriel Lozano-Moran, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. The subject says it all I guess. Is there a way to disable the user account
    picture from the Start menu?
    Gabriel Lozano-Moran, Jan 13, 2008
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  2. Gabriel Lozano-Moran

    PaulB Guest

    Do you mean so that the system logs on without stopping at the logon window?
    If so, open the command prompt with "run as administrator" and type "control
    userpasswords2" (without the quotes). The select the user you want to bypass
    uncheck "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
    (you must select the user before you uncheck the box)
    PaulB, Jan 13, 2008
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  3. No, I mean literally removing the pictures from the top of the Start menu in
    Windows. Right now in Windows Vista you either see a duck, a cat, a dog, a
    horse ... which I find very idiotic. I want to know if it is possible through
    a policy setting or anything else to disable this picture so no picture is
    displayed at all. Is this possible?
    Gabriel Lozano-Moran, Jan 14, 2008
  4. Gabriel Lozano-Moran

    Jane C Guest

    Hello Gabriel,

    If you are using Business, Ultimate or Enterprise, then you can change this
    via Group Policy:

    Type gpedit.msc into the Start/Search box and press enter. Navigate to
    Computer Configuration, expand to Administrative Templates, Control Panel,
    User Accounts. In the right-hand pane, you should see the policy "Apply
    the default user logon picture to all users".

    Explanation of this policy:
    This policy setting allows an administrator to standardize the logon
    pictures for all users on a system to the default user picture. One
    application for this policy setting is to standardize the logon pictures to
    a company logo.

    Note: The default user picture is stored at %PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\User
    Account Pictures\user.bmp. The default guest picture is stored at
    %PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\guest.bmp. If the default
    pictures do not exist, an empty frame is displayed.

    If you enable this policy setting, the default user logon picture will
    display for all users on the system with no customization allowed.

    If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users will be able
    to customize their logon pictures.

    You can enable the policy, and remove the default user.bmp.
    Jane C, Jan 14, 2008
  5. Gabriel Lozano-Moran

    Dwarf Guest

    Hi Gabriel,

    As Jane rightly says, if you try to use a blank bitmap then an empty frame
    will be displayed. I have looked through the registry to see if there was a
    means of achieving what you want, but have been unable to find anything.
    However, there is a way. Right-click on the start orb and select
    'Properties'. This will open the 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties' dialogue
    with the 'Start Menu' tab active. If you click on 'Classic Start menu' (you
    may modify this if you wish by clicking on 'Customize' and changing the
    options presented) and then click 'OK', you will find that when you next
    click the start orb that the user account picture will have disappeared.
    However, you will now be using the classic menu version that was used in
    older versions of Windows such as Win 98SE. As far as I am aware, there is no
    way of removing the user account picture from the start menu if you want to
    use the default menu type.
    Dwarf, Jan 15, 2008
  6. Okay, thanks for the answers. I guess that showing the company logo is better
    than showing a duck but still I would have loved the possibility to disable
    the picture and the frame.
    Gabriel Lozano-Moran, Jan 15, 2008
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