View custom legal notices and startup messages in Windows 10/8/7

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Use startup messages to display a reminder or important message when users connect to a Windows computer. As a company, some may even choose to post legal notices at each start-up. The process of displaying a boot message box in Windows 8 is essentially similar to that of Windows 10/8/7, you can do this via the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor. Let’s see how it works!

Distribute a legal message when Windows starts

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Press Win+R in combination to display the’Run’ dialog box. In the empty field of the’Run’ dialog box, type the following keyword – regedit and click the’OK’ button.

In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the next key :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionPoliciesSystem

Under this key, you will see two entries. These are the entries that must be modified to activate a start message:

To do this, right-click both and select the option ‘Modify‘.

First, it is important to understand the function of these two values. The first, i.e. the value legalnotice caption controls the title of the message. The message appears in large print on your computer screen.

The second, i.e. the value legalnoticetext, controls the body of the message. You can see it under the title. Here you can enter additional information to display in your message.

Click OK and exit.

Using group policy

If your edition has a group policy editor, you can also do this by browsing to the following folder :

ConfigurationConfiguration SettingsWindows Security SettingsSecurity Settings

Here you see two inputs :

Interactive connection : This security setting allows you to specify a title in the title bar of the window containing the interactive connection: Message text for users trying to log in.

Interactive connection: Message text for users who attempt to connect This security setting specifies a text message to display to users when they connect. This text is often used for legal reasons, for example to warn users of the consequences of misusing company information or to warn them that their actions can be verified.

Double-click each of them and enter the title or text in the window that opens. Click Apply/OK/Exit.

Your Windows computer displays the boot message each time you turn it on.

To cancel the setting, simply cancel the changes you have made.

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