How to Enable a Warning Message During Windows Logon Welcome

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This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.
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The logon dialog box that is displayed can be interpreted as an invitation to breach system security. The "Welcome" caption on the dialog box cannot be changed. However, you can enable a warning message dialog box to be displayed.


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Windows NT and Later

To enable a warning message to be displayed, make the following changes to the registry:
  1. Start Registry Editor.
  2. From the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE subtree, go to the following subkey:
    SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. Add or modify the following values:
          Name                 Data Type   Value
          LegalNoticeCaption   REG_SZ      Dialog Caption
          LegalNoticeText      REG_SZ      Dialog Message
NOTE: This dialog box is presented to the user after they press CTRL+ALT+DEL and before the logon dialog box is presented.

Windows 95 and Windows 98

To enable a warning message, modify the following registry key:
The string values will appear on the logon banner.

"LegalNoticeCaption"="Important Notice:"
"LegalNoticeText"="No Unauthorized access allowed"


Article ID: 101063 - Last Review: January 18, 2007 - Revision: 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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