Logon Title and Text Message

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How to Display a Log on Screen Title and Text Message in Vista and Windows 7
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This will allow you to display whatever Title and or Text Message you want displayed before the log on screen appears in Vista and Windows 7. This can be helpful for listing policies or logon procedures for example.
How to Display a Log on Screen Title and Text Message in Vista and Windows 7

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This will allow you to display whatever Title and or Text Message you want displayed before the log on screen appears in Vista and Windows 7.
This can be helpful for listing policies or logon procedures for example.

EXAMPLE: Logon Title and Text Message Screen
NOTE:
The Text message can fill the entire space between the lines. When you click OK , you will be taken to the logon screen.
Example.jpg



METHOD ONE
Through Local Security Policy

1. Open the Local Security Policy editor.​
2. In the left pane, click on Local Policies and Security Options. (See screenshot below)​
Security_Policy.jpg

3. For a Message Title
A) In the right pane, right click on Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type in a title that you want and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Leave it blank if you do not want a Message Title. Leaving both the Message Title and Text blank will remove the Logon Title and Text screen.
Title_Properties.jpg


4. For a Message Text
A) In the right pane, right click on Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on and click on Properties. (See screenshot below step 2)​
B) Type in the text that you want and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Leave it blank if you do not want a Message Title. Leaving both the Message Title and Text blank will remove the Logon Title and Text screen.
Text_Properties.jpg


5. Close the Local Security Policy window.​
6. Log off to see the messages if you like.​





METHOD TWO
Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7)​
3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
System_Reg.jpg

4. For a Message Title
A) In the right pane, right click on legalnoticecaption and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type in a title that you want and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Leave it blank if you do not want a Message Title. Leaving both the Message Title and Text blank will remove the Logon Title and Text screen.
Modify_Title.jpg


5. For a Message Text
A) In the right pane, right click on legalnoticetext and click on Modify. (See screenshot below step 4)​
B) Type in the text that you want and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Leave it empty if you do not want a Message Text. Leaving both the Message Title and Text blank will remove the Logon Title and Text screen.
Modify_Text.jpg


6. Close regedit.​
7. Log off to see the messages if you like.​
That's it,
Shawn




 
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I noticed that this does not work if you have the Aurora boot screen enabled (by checking the No Gui Boot option in msconfig).

Is there any way to get them both to work?
 
sbw07, I'm glad to hear that it is working now. Did you enable the CTRL+ALT+DEL Secure logon screen before it started working for you, or did it just start working later on it's own?

Shawn
 
I actually disabled CTRL+ALT+DEL before it started working, although now it works even when enabled. I also had my system configured to auto-login to my account. Another thing was that I had entered in values in the LegalNoticeText & LegalNoticeCaption DWORDS in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.
Lastly I had not entered anything into the legalnoticecaption key that you mention. It started working after I did.
However I don't know what caused it to start working, being that I played with all the other settings I mentioned.
 
It looks like you just entered them into the wrong registry location. The LegalNoticeText & LegalNoticeCaption String Value (REG_SZ) at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

do not both need to have anything entered for them to work. You should be able to have either a Title or Text, or both.

Shawn
 
Hi VapouRx7, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes. You will just need to go back and clear the entries so that they are blank in Method Two (steps 5 and 6). Afterwards, you will not have the screen anymore.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Hi VapouRx7, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes. You will just need to go back and clear the entries so that they are blank in Method Two (steps 5 and 6). Afterwards, you will not have the screen anymore.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks for replying so quickly, but it's not working. I configured this message trough an program (WinSettings or something else, a registery defragmenter i think), i first set the two strings to 0, and then i got an startup message with "0", then i removed it again, then my old one was there.

Any help? (Btw, the program has expired by now, i really want to remove the message, hardly.)
 
Ok,

Have you already uninstalled the program?

I'm not sure how that particular program may have set it, but double check both of these usual registry locations to make sure that legalnoticecaption and legalnoticetext are blank in the Data column in the right pane of the registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon


If this does not help, then in the registry click on Edit and Find. Type in LegalNoticeText and click on Find Next. For each legalnoticecaption and legalnoticetext it finds, make sure that they are blank like above. Click on Edit and Find Next again after each one it finds and you check until it tells you it is finished. This will allow you to see if that program made these entries into another registry location other than the normal ones.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Your welcome UndeFinitiOn. If I ever find anything out different, I will send you a PM about it.

Shawn
 
I don't have...

I don’t have anything under secpol.msc; and no group policy editor; or none of the features that you mention related to changing the log on text and I’m running Vista Premium. Is there something wrong with my OS or machine?:confused:
 
Helllo Metrotek,

Your Vista Home Premium edition doesn't include secpol.msc (Local Security Policy) or gpedit.msc (Local Group Policy Editor).

You would need to use METHOD TWO through Registry Editor instead to be able to do this tutorial.

Sorry. :(
 
That didn't work either. It's not that important, I just thought it would be cute to have my computer 'MACHINE' greet humans. Thank you for replying.
 
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