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By wpbarnes ·
After uninstalling an app and removing all vestiges of it from the Registry, now, after the initial CTL+ALT+DEL at startup, I get a large window with no title and no text or graphics, just an "OK" button. When I click the OK button, it disappears and I get the normal logon dialog. Where did this come from and how do I get rid of it?

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by TheChas In reply to StartUp Mystery Window

Look in the following places:

Start Menu, start-up
Registry - Search on runonce, check the run keys around each runonce key

System legacy files:
boot.ini
system.ini
win.ini
msdos.sys
autoexec.bat
config.sys

You are looking for references to either programs related to the one you removed, or any "unusual" programs.

Chas

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by mashtifered In reply to StartUp Mystery Window

Check the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and remove any hints of that program.

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by wpbarnes In reply to StartUp Mystery Window

Thanks but in my original description I mentioned that I removed 'all vestiges of the application' including those in the Run Key that were found on the search.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to StartUp Mystery Window

Sounds like there is a space in the LegalNoticeText or LegalNoticeCaption portion of the Registry.
Open Regedit and go to either

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system


or

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

Check both locations for LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText. Make sure there is nothing in these values. I bet there is a space in one of them. Just delete whatever is there, then reboot. That should take care of it.

hope this helps

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