Snippet: Remove the Username from Windows XP Start Menu

Previously, we have written how you can change the look and usability of Windows XP start menu and make it look like Windows Vista. By default, the start menu in Windows XP shows the name of the logged in user at the top.

This is fine, but may lead to problems when you are working in your office and do not want to reveal the user who is currently logged in. Here is a simple registry trick which will hide the username from the Start menu in Windows.

Start Menu of Windows XP

Before going further, it’s recommended to backup Windows registry to be on the safe side. Following are the steps involved:

1. Click Start menu and select the “Run” dialog box. Type “regedit” (without quotes) to open the Registry editor.

Open Registry Editor in Windows XP

2. You will see two panes in the registry editor – left and right. In the left pane, navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

Find Registry Entry in Registry Editor

3. In the right pane, right click on an empty area and select “New > Dword Value”

Select new Dword Value

4. Name the value as NoUserNameInStartMenu.

5.  Double click the Dword item and set the value as 1.

Set Value of Dword Item

6. You are all done. Log off from the user account and log back in to see the changes. The username will be gone from the start menu as shown below:

No username in Windows Start menu

How easy was that? Do share your favorite registry tricks in the comments section.

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Soumen Halder

Soumen is the founder/author for Ampercent, a tech blog that writes on computer tricks, free online tools & software guides.

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