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Tech Tip: Add a security warning in NT that displays at login

Here's how to add a security warning to Windows NT that users will see before they log in.

In some situations, you may want to add a security warning to Windows NT that users will see before they log in. Doing so is an easy task, but it does require editing the registry.

To create a security warning, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor. (Go to Start | Run, and type regedt32.exe.)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon.
  3. Double-click the LegalNoticeCaption value.
  4. Enter a caption in the Data field.
  5. Double-click the LegalNoticeText value.
  6. Enter a security warning in the Data field.
  7. Close the Registry Editor, and restart the computer.

The next time you or a user logs in, Windows NT will display the security warning before letting you log in.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

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