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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