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Video: Tweak Windows Vista's Logon screen

Most users don't think twice about what the Windows Logon screen looks like. But as an IT pro, you might be interested in customizing the screen. Bill Detwiler demonstrates several tweaks for the Windows Vista Logon screen--from getting rid of the shutdown button to adding a customized text message.

Most users don't think twice about what the Windows Logon screen looks like. But as an IT pro, you might be interested in customizing the screen. During this TR Dojo video, I'll show you several tweaks for the Windows Vista Logon screen--from getting rid of the shutdown button to adding a customized text message.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Tweak Windows Vista's Logon screen to meet your needs," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

25 comments
t1lavih
t1lavih

It was great thank you

anon
anon

That's retarded, why emphasise registry hax when all this fluff is available via local security policy or group policy. This is supposed to be tech republic not hack republic, teach people to understand OS practices.

csmith.kaze
csmith.kaze

but only because i use an OS that i can not only change the way the logon screen looks, i can change the program that does it! Linux FTW!

rlthomas1
rlthomas1

Oops! Bill said "When the Edit DWORD box appears..." for the legalnoticecaption registry, but should have called it the "Edit String box..."

mborges
mborges

u know you can do the same thing in like...win 95?

mborges
mborges

As I watched the video all I could think was...why is he in the registry? All this stuff is in the local machine GPO. My second thought was...thanxs for telling me about stuff that has been there since NT 4.0 This isn't IT dojo material. This is tired and stale and of no remarkable value. But lets be honest...that is true for pretty much all the IT dojo stuff. GREAT titles...no content.

JCitizen
JCitizen

and don't have a GPO, in fact 90% of them probably have Vista Home Basic, so they don't even have a full MMC.

MavMin2
MavMin2

Spoken like a true Reb. ;-)

ron
ron

I was wondering if this could be done with Win 7 too.

peter.ruijter
peter.ruijter

I got trouble when I load the login info and had logged on a domain. With Windows 7 you will get the error message: "Last Login no information could be Retrieved" and you could not logon on the domain anymore. arghhh

pugsley123
pugsley123

How about boot screen / OS loader hax that were also hot in Windows 95 days. Bring it on I say :)

mborges
mborges

tweak? No I enjoy being abe to troubleshoot actual issues easily rather than chase stuff I might has messed up out of nothing more than pure vanity. And when my users "tweak" thier os...I get all kinds of grumpy. That being said, there are lots of "tweaks" that aren't tweaks. They are tools you can use to achieve known and desired results. here is how you know you are doing (generally) something foolish. Step 1 You just opened regedit.......

zclayton3
zclayton3

This is a place for being educated. Some people obviously didn't know about that hack. and there is nothing wrong with hacks, utimately, most tweaks are hacks even if someone else wrote a program for you to use. If your knowledge is beyond this, start your own education page.

PScottC
PScottC

Even better... Talk about the Security Configuration and Analysis MMC. You can build your policy graphically, then apply it by command line to both Domain and non-Domain systems.

pugsley123
pugsley123

In that case why talk about logon tweaks for home edition. As if your kids will care that you put a logon prompt on :) As stated...Hax not Tech.. Why have a Big Friendly Giant sitting with racks of servers behind him, offering home hax.I would be encouraging Vista MCTS.

csmith.kaze
csmith.kaze

I just like showing people that there is another world out there. Think of me as the loyal opposition. btw, you are suppose to put EOM in the subject line so that someone doesn't have to waste the time actually clicking the link. It makes life a little better.

elize
elize

I also did it on a domain machine - had to remote registry edit to remove the key.

Craig_B
Craig_B

I have used the tweaks.com logon changer for Windows 7 with a computer on the domain and everything works fine.

Toleukhan
Toleukhan

Yes, it is true. In that case just plug off LAN cable and you can logon. after that remove from the regedit DisplayLogonInfo record

pip22
pip22

I'm all for tweaking Windows to speed it up perhaps or to disable unnecessary services (same thing?), even to customise it's appearance; but I see little point in messing with the standard log-on screen. I mean, just how long or how often do most of us actually see that screen? I only have one user account on both my PCs and no password so I never see it except for the (very) rare times I need to log-off/on.

JCitizen
JCitizen

especially with the weirdos after our childred! I just hate that to get the functionality I want I have to put up with Home's lousy security profile. I've had many remote attacks where the attacker can see the logon screen and that just makes his job easier, for cracking. I've always bought Pro even for home use, but Vista forced me into the Home selection because of Mcard DRM compliance. Not happy with it. I would just like to see a few tweaks like disabling the hidden administrator, not just password protecting it, hidding the welcome screen, and disabling fast user switching. I'd like this whether it is considered needed on Vista x64 or not; I still look at it as unneeded security risks. Also removing the guest account would be nice too.

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