Windows Interactive Logon Message

In some cases, you may want to include a custom message to users before they log in. It can be a simple message reminding users of company policies, legal notices, or even a contact number for someone to call if they find your lost laptop.

Such a message is called “Interactive Logon”, and can be set by the computer’s administrator. There are two parts to the message – a caption, and accompanying text.

Steps for Windows 10 Professional/Enterprise  Edition:

  1. Navigate to the “Local Security Policy” setting window:
    • Open the Start menu and type “Local Security Policy”
    • Open the start menu and select Control Panel (View by Small/Large Icons) > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy
  2. On the left panel, select Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  3. On the right panel, scroll down to find
    • “Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on”, and
    • “Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on”
  4. Fill in the desired text to appear.



Steps for Windows 10 Home Edition:

As Local Security Policy is not available in Windows 10 Home Edition, you will need enable this feature via the registry.

  1. Open the “Run” dialog box
    • Right click on the Start menu icon and select “Run”
    • Press Windows+R
  1. Type “regedit” and press enter
  2. On the left panel, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System
  3. On the right panel, locate the “legalnoticecaption” and “legalnoticetext”
  4. Double click on each item and fill in your desired text



Once you have added both the text and caption, log out of your account and attempt to login again to see your new message. You’re all set! 🙂

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