Legal Notice Can Be Dismissed Without User Action

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In Windows 2000, you can configure a legal notice (also called logon banner) to be displayed before the prompt for logon credentials. If a user presses CTRL+ALT+DELETE, the legal notice is displayed in a message box with an OK button at the bottom. If a user does not click the OK button, the legal notice is automatically dismissed after two minutes and the prompt for logon credentials is displayed.

This behavior could allow a user to log on without explicitly acknowledging the text in the legal notice message box by clicking OK.


There is a logic error that allows the credentials dialog box to be displayed after the legal notice times out. The correct behavior is to terminate the logon process and return to the Windows 2000 startup ("splash") screen.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time    Version        Size     File name
   10/03/2000  04:31p  5.0.2195.2411  331,536  Msgina.dll


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.


For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes


Article ID: 274190 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 3.3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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