remove user picture from start menu in windows 7

We are currently pilot testing Windows 7.  As part of this, some computers will be in our manufacturing areas where they must be 'locked down'.  With Windows XP we use a group policy.  My last item to lock down/remove is the user picture icon.  I either need to remove it, or prevent clicking on it from opening up the control panel user control applet.  I would prefer either a group policy setting or a registry setting.


Hi SMBUser9x7,

I don't believe you can remove the setting, but you can force it to be a standard picture of your choice.  Perhaps your company logo wuld be a good choice.

You can change this setting via Group Policy if you use Business, Ultimate or Enterprise versions. 

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".  By enabling this policy setting, the default user logon picture will
display for all users on the system with no customization allowed.

If you'd like to change the default user picture  it 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.

Hope this helps,


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