A special user does not appear in Windows login screen

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Published on 2012-06-07T17:05:28Z Indexed on 2012/06/08 4:41 UTC
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In the list of users (under Local Users and Groups in my Windows 7) I have an ASPNET user (its description says "Account used for running the ASP.NET worker process (aspnet_wp.exe)" and its full name is "ASP.NET Machine Account")

The thing is this user does not appear in Windows login screen. What I have found:

  • It is not a "Built-in security pricipal" user
  • It belongs only to Users group
  • I don't have HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts key in my registry

In every sense I can see that it is a normal user yet it does not appear in login screen. Now the questions are:

What does make it special?

How can I create a user like this?

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