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Disable that Annoying Windows Logon Warning Message

There’s nothing more annoying to me than getting a new laptop from work and having to click through the logon warning message set by the IT department. It usually goes something like “Warning: You are logging onto our computer system. We own your soul.”

Removing this message isn’t all that difficult, but you will need administrator access to your system.

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Manual Registry Method

Open up regedit.exe through the run box, and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

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On the right-hand side, find the keys for LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText and either set both values to blank or just delete them.

Note: If the administrator has set these values through group policy, I believe they will be re-applied automatically by the system at some point. Either way, the group policy key that contains the same values is here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system

I realize there are some irritating legal reasons for having this message, but it really gets old after a while.

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  • Published 10/2/07

Comments (18)

  1. Alter3g0

    any company who enabled this message will not give the and user administrator rights, and removing that message will possible cause you grieve with the IT department; nothing worse than people who read IT tips on the web and try them out on their company PC…

  2. The Geek

    You are absolutely right, this won’t work on the vast majority of computers at work.

    I hesitated on writing this article at first, but then I thought that any responsible administrator doesn’t give out admin rights anyway, so it shouldn’t hurt.

  3. AJ

    I was think exactly the same thing. Any IT department that puts the message up but then leaves the user with admin privilages is not worth their weight in salt. Still you never know, it might be more prevelant than we might think.

  4. Anon

    Well my company gives us admin access to our laptops but I am a developer so I need to be able to install things and what not. Other people who don’t need admin privilages don’t know what to do with them anyways.

  5. Farhan Al-Farsi

    Thanks..This has been a big help since I was facing a major problem with teh auto log in.

  6. Frederico Gonzalez

    How can you create one?

  7. west158

    to the geek person who wrote this:

    ive been lookign for this for ages, i always look on how to geek.com
    and i officially think its the best website for comp probs.
    even though im a little bit of a nerd/geek, i forget how to do the most simple things….

  8. uberconsult

    I found this very helpful. After I installed a company’s VPN software on my own laptop, I would receive this message. Very annoying, especially since the laptop was not theirs and I did not use it exclusively for their business,
    Thanks again!

  9. Head Shot

    The LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText are usually blank before the message? I did this to my computer but I’m not sure how it was before and I don’t want the message anymore! Are you sure that I can make them blank or even delete them?

    Thanks

    Head Shot

  10. WindowsIs4Losers

    Actually you don’t need admin access rights to modify this part of the registry.

  11. Todd

    If the machine is on a domain, even if you delete it, it is coming back. Plus, think about something beyond yourself. The message is there for a reason (and no, the reason is not to irritate you). Try and understand things from a compliance point of view. Removing this message may just help your company fail a compliance audit, and I suspect will put you in violation of IT policies. So, when you have to find a new job, you won’t have to worry about that pesky logon message anymore.

  12. Ronny

    Actually, there is a way to remove this even if it keeps coming back.
    In my case, I’m in a company with a domain and enforcement. The message keeps coming back.

    My message is under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system, not under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

    I didn’t remove the two, just erased their contents.
    I then exported that part of the registry, and edited the REG file so that only the two erased keys are in it.

    I saved it as ClearMessage.reg, and saved it under c:\windows.

    I then created a ClearMessage.cmd, and put it under my startup folder in the start menu.
    In that CMD file, I have the following:
    “regedit /s c:\windows\ClearMessage.reg”
    (I didn’t have the quotes, but I don’t think it matters).

    I ran that CMD file one time, and rebooted my PC. It came up without the message.
    After it booted up, the policy was pushed again, but my batch file clears it for the next reboot ;)

    -Ronny

  13. josh

    cheers mate

  14. jdripper

    While that message might be there for a reason, do you really need to read it every single time you start up your machine? Over and over .. day after day …. Unless you have sever short term memory problems, you don’t. It will become a nuisance for most people, especially laptop users who will re-login more than desktop users.

    This is one of those “IT tips on the web” than you can safely follow, and probably should do it, if for nothing other than your mental health.

  15. rey

    GREAT!!!!!

  16. Darrell

    Hey Ronnie thanks for the tip. I already knew of the ~Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon path but didn’t know about the other one. That saved me a lot of hassle.

  17. WOW

    So the legal disclaimer is there for a reason.
    Legally you cannot sue someone for hacking into your systems unless you have a “banner” telling them not to access you systems.
    Just a thought about how you might want to think about that before lowering the security of your company as you “get tired” of clicking a button. Do you also get tired of pressing Ctrl, Alt, Del? Why don’t you go ahead and cache your passwords too???

  18. Fat Guy

    Hey did you hear that McRib contains an ingredient found in Yoga mats?

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