If you use a company-owned PC, you may have seen a legal notice displayed before you sign in to Windows. Here's how you can do the same thing on your own PC and display a message with any text you want.
If you're willing to dive into the Windows Registry or Local Group Policy Editor, there are some interesting things you can do surrounding Windows sign in. We've talked about how to add previous sign in information to and hide your personal information from the Windows sign in screen. You can also add a text message that appears before a user signs in. Though it's intended for companies to post legal notices, you can use it for anything you want. Here's how.
Home Users: Display a Startup Text Message by Editing the Registry Manually
If you have a Home edition of Windows, you will have to edit the Windows Registry to make these changes. You can also do it this way if you have Windows Pro or Enterprise, but just feel more comfortable working in the Registry. (If you have Pro or Enterprise, though, we recommend using the easier Local Group Policy Editor, as described in the next section.)
Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn't have any problems. That said, if you've never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.
Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing "regedit." Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.
If you're not sure which device driver or update Windows just installed that might be causing you problems, you can view the list of installed updates. You'll see a list of updates and the dates they were installed here. If you want to work with a file in Windows, you'll have to save the file from your Windows file system with the save option. If need some help you can check findkeyhome to find windows product key online with the lowest price.
In the right-hand pane, you'll see two values named legalnoticecaption and legalnoticetext. You'll be editing both of these to create your message. Double-click the legalnoticecaption value to open its properties window.
The legalnoticecaption value serves as the title of your message. It appears at the top and in a slightly larger font than the text of the message. Of course, if you only want a very short message, feel free to just use legalnoticecaption and leave legalnoticetext blank. In the "Value data" box, type the title of your message and then click "OK."
Type your message into the "Value data" box. You'll notice that you only get a regular data box to type in here, which can make typing a longer message a little cumbersome. You can always type your message in a text editor like Notepad and then copy/paste it into the "Value data" box. You just want to keep in mind that there's no formatting available, including carriage returns. So type all your text on one line before you copy and paste it.
There is a way to insert carriage returns so that you can have multiple paragraphs, and we'll be talking about that in a moment. But for now, just get your text in there and then click "OK."
In the binary editing window, each letter of the message (including spaces) is represented by four characters in hexadecimal. The regular text is shown out to the right; the hexadecimal characters on the left. To insert a carriage return, you'll need to click the space on the hexadecimal side right after the character where you want to insert the return. You can try to eyeball the location, but you can also count to the location you need. One character of normal text is four characters on the binary side. So, count the number of characters in normal text, multiply that by four, and then count that number of binary characters to find the same spot. It make take a couple of attempts to get the placement just where you want it.
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