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.

interactivelogon-localsecuritypolicy

 

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

interactivelogon-regedit

 

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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