Tech Tip: View legal notices at login

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 requires viewing upon login to the machine.

Here's how:

  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 in 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 domain, use the Windows NT System Policy Editor to enforce a logon banner on all domain machines.

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

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