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Step-By-Step: Create legal notices at login in Windows NT

Many organizations are using legal notices at logon to help mitigate the various legal pitfalls of enterprise computing. Here's a look at how to set up legal notices in Windows NT 4.0 with a registry edit.


To avoid legal liability, it's important to protect yourself wherever possible with appropriate notices and disclaimers. Windows NT gives you the ability to create a legal notice that users must view upon logon to the machine.

Note
Remember that editing the registry can be risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before you begin.

Set up a legal notice
Here's how you can set up a legal notice in Windows NT:
  1. Start the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe).
  2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\
    Current Version\Winlogin.
  3. Modify the contents of the LegalNoticeCaption key to be the title of the window that will display the notice.
  4. Modify the contents of the LegalNoticeText key to be the legal notice that you want to display.
  5. Close the Registry Editor, and restart the system.

At system boot, the legal notice will appear after you press [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] to log on, but before the username/password prompt.

This setting only affects the local system. If you want a legal notice to display on all systems in the Windows domain, use the Windows NT System Policy Editor (in Windows NT Server 4.0) to enforce a logon banner on all domain machines.

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