If anyone has a suggestion for a better name than “Hide Welcome Screen Users” please feel free to drop me a line :).
Basically it’s just a very small tool written in C#/.NET that allows you to hide users from the Welcome Screen in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. I needed to create several users that performed system tasks, and it was annoying to see them on my Welcome Screen every time I booted up. There’s an easy way in the registry to prevent specific users from showing up there, so this tool is basically just a small tool that edits those registry keys.
It’s checked in at: https://github.com/aplocher/Welcome-Screen-Hide-Users. Please let me know if you find any issues with it.
I’ve uploaded the C# source code for my Quest for Glory Character Editor. Currently it only supports editing or creating characters from QFG1, but I’m very close to finishing up support for QFG2. It took some work to reverse engineer some of the checksums that are generated, but the support for QFG1 is pretty solid and I’m very happy with the progress I’m making with QFG2 (QFG2 code isn’t yet checked in).
Please let me know if you find any issues or wish to contribute to the code. In particular, I could definitely use some help with support for QFG3 and 4.
I will package up a setup file for it eventually, but for now the code and compiled exe are available at: https://github.com/aplocher/BitCollectors.QfgCharacterEditor. If you plan on downloading the exe, I believe I’m targeting .NET4 (Client Profile should work).
I will also be providing an ASP.NET version eventually, so you can make edits or create a new character without ever needing to install anything.
Update (02-14-2013): Updated GitHub URL to new repository name.
Update (05-17-2013): QFG character editor web app is online at: qfg.bitcollectors.com. See blog post about it: here. Also, watch for an update very soon with QFG2 support. The code is checked in to GitHub and works but I’m trying to wrap up a couple other features, such as the ability to edit your gold inventory. I will update the web app and have a setup file available when it’s ready. I will keep you posted!
Update (06.14.2013): QFG2 character support has been added and the setup file is available now. Please see my latest post at: HERE.
Update (11.19.2013): there is now an official project page for this application. To keep up to date on the latest releases, please check out www.bitcollectors.com/Project/QfgCharacterEditor
The following snippet of code can be used to determine whether a Windows Mobile ComboBox (in .NET Compact Framework) is currently dropped down or not:
private const int CB_GETDROPPEDSTATE = 0x0157;
private bool IsComboBoxDroppedDown(ComboBox comboBox)
Message comboBoxMessage = Message.Create(comboBox.Handle, CB_GETDROPPEDSTATE, IntPtr.Zero, IntPtr.Zero);
return (comboBoxMessage.Result != IntPtr.Zero);
The code below will return all users on the machine that are not marked as disabled. Be sure to add a reference to System.DirectoryServices.
private const int UF_ACCOUNTDISABLE = 0x0002;
private List<DirectoryEntry> GetActiveMachineUsers()
List<DirectoryEntry> returnValue = new List<DirectoryEntry>();
DirectoryEntry localMachine = new DirectoryEntry("WinNT://" + Environment.MachineName);
foreach (DirectoryEntry user in localMachine.Children)
if (user.SchemaClassName == "User")
if (((int)user.Properties["UserFlags"].Value & UF_ACCOUNTDISABLE) != UF_ACCOUNTDISABLE)