How to Create a Legal Notice upon Logon Dialog Box

There are certain situations, especially in business, where you might want to create a legal notice for the user to agree to before being able to log in. A certain registry tweak for Windows XP based machines allows you to create the caption as well as the text of the notice itself.

Since the creation of the legal notice is dependent on editing your registry, you should create a back-up before making any changes at all. Having a back-up gives you the means to return to your original settings in case issues crop up.

If you want to create a legal notice upon logon dialog box, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Click Start and go to Run. Enter regedit.
  2. Look at the left side of the box that will pop up. You should be able to find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Click on the little cross on the left to expand the folder.
  3. Go to SOFTWARE. Expand the folder.
  4. Find the Microsoft folder. Expand this to get to Windows NT.
  5. Once you find Windows NT, expand this folder to go to CurrentVersion.
  6. Expand CurrentVersion and look for Winlogon.
  7. Now look at the right side of the box. Do you have the value name LegalNoticeCaption listed? If you do, go to step eight. If you don’t, follow the steps in 7a to 7c to create LegalNoticeCaption.
    1. Right click on the right side pane of the box.
    2. Select New and then select String Value.
    3. Rename the new string value LegalNoticeCaption. You can also right click on the new string value and select Rename to change the value to LegalNoticeCaption.
  8. Double click on LegalNoticeCaption. A new box will pop up.
  9. Enter the caption you wish for your dialog box in the Value Data field.

Now that you have the caption, create the text for the legal notice. The procedure is similar to the creation of the caption.

  1. Look at the right side of the box again. This time, check if LegalNoticeText is among the value names listed. If the value is listed, go on to step eleven. If the value is not listed, follow the procedure below.
    1. Right click on the right side pane of the box.
    2. Select New and then select String Value.
    3. Rename the new String Value LegalNoticeText. You can also choose to right click on the new string value and select Rename.
  2. Double click on LegalNoticeText. This will cause a new box to come up.
  3. You may now type in the data for the legal notice in the Value Data field.
  4. Exit the registry and reboot.