How to display message and option before logon screen


G

Guest

Hi,

Is there a way to display a message with options before Windows displays the
logon screen? I want to display a legal notice then let the users choose if
they want to conitnue to log in or to cancel.

Thanks,
JC
 
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Ivor Jones

JC said:
Hi,

Is there a way to display a message with options before
Windows displays the logon screen? I want to display a
legal notice then let the users choose if they want to
conitnue to log in or to cancel.

Thanks,
JC
Assuming XP Pro, go to Start then Run and enter gpedit.msc in the Open
box.

Then navigate to the following location:

Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
Policies\Security Options

In the right hand pane locate the following two settings:

Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on

and

Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on

The first will display any text you want, the second puts text in the
title bar at the top of the screen, you might want to put something like
"Warning - Security Policy" or some such thing there.

To edit each one, right click and select "Properties" then type in the
text you want to appear. Note that for the message text itself, I haven't
found a way of introducing blank lines, if you put one in it gets removed
automatically. (If anyone knows a way around this, I'd be interested..!)

Then reboot and see if it works..!

Hope this helps,

Ivor
 
G

Guest

Hi,

Thanks for the tip. I've tried it already, though through the legal notice
registry entry. The problem is, it only displays a message but does not give
the user an option to continue logging in or to cancel (cancelling should
shutdown the PC).

Any other recommendation?

Thanks,
JC
 
G

Guest

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions, I've tried these already. The only problem is
that the message only displays an Ok button. I wan't the users to be able to
select whether to continue to the login screen or to cancel. If the user
cancels, Windows should shutdown.

I'm thinking maybe a custom application is the solution but the challenge is
calling the application before displaying the logon screen.

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks,
JC
 
I

Ivor Jones

JC said:
Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions, I've tried these already. The
only problem is that the message only displays an Ok
button. I wan't the users to be able to select whether to
continue to the login screen or to cancel. If the user
cancels, Windows should shutdown.

I'm thinking maybe a custom application is the solution
but the challenge is calling the application before
displaying the logon screen.

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks,
JC
I don't think you can shut down from the notice screen. When they click
ok, they should get the login screen, they can shut down from there. Do
you really want the machine to *shut down* every time someone doesn't want
to log in..? If they press Esc or click cancel from the login screen they
should be returned to the Ctrl-Alt-Del request screen, but there is a
shout down option on the login screen as well.

Ivor
 
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Guest

That is the requirement given to us. They wan't the user to be able to login
if they accept the legal notice or not continue with the logon if they don't.

I'm thinking maybe we can just run an application after logon that will
freeze the desktop (if that's possible) and make them accept the legal notice
before continuing on using the PC. If they don't accept the notice, shut down
the machine. I know shutting down the machine is possible once you're already
logged in XP.

Are there any alternatives I can look into?

Thanks,
JC
 
I

Ivor Jones

JC said:
That is the requirement given to us. They wan't the user
to be able to login if they accept the legal notice or
not continue with the logon if they don't.
Does it *have * to be from the notice screen..? If the user does not
proceed from the login screen then they haven't continued with the login,
pressing Esc will return them to the request to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete,
isn't that good enough..?
I'm thinking maybe we can just run an application after
logon that will freeze the desktop (if that's possible)
and make them accept the legal notice before continuing
on using the PC. If they don't accept the notice, shut
down the machine. I know shutting down the machine is
possible once you're already logged in XP.
Hmm, I don't really know enough about XP to know if you can run an
application before login. Anyone else..? As I said, you can shut down
before logging in from the main login screen without entering a username
or password.
Are there any alternatives I can look into?

Thanks,
JC
Ivor
 
G

Guest

Thanks Ivor,

I also think that their requirement is overkill. I haven't touched base with
them on the reason behind why they want that. We are still in the initial
stages. I guess I'll have to convince them that what they want is too
overkill and just give them other means to achieve the same effect.

Thanks! This is a good discussion :)

JC
 
M

Michael Bednarek

Thanks for the suggestions, I've tried these already. The only problem is
that the message only displays an Ok button. I wan't the users to be able to
select whether to continue to the login screen or to cancel. If the user
cancels, Windows should shutdown.

I'm thinking maybe a custom application is the solution but the challenge is
calling the application before displaying the logon screen.

What are your thoughts on this?
[snip]

I'm certain that applications can be run in the Machine Startup script -
that's how software installations, patches, and other stuff is
distributed. You could just try it and find out.

The one problem I can vaguely remember when I tried this some years ago
is a racing condition between the desktop interactions of the Machine
Startup script and GINA's logon screen - it seems asynchronous and there
is no way of ensuring that the Machine Startup script gets there first.
However, even if the user sees the logon box first and does login, your
startup script can still log her out if the affirmation button is not
clicked.

The proper way to do this seems to me to rewrite a replacement GINA -
not a trivial task.
 
G

Guest

Hi JC,
I have the same problem. you have found some solution?

sorry for my english, I only write in spanish
 
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I know the thread is long dead, and I can't believe I'm having the same problem after 7 years :)
I have a similar assignment given to me,
Users should be prompted before login to accept a policy with a checkbox. I guess it's still not possible to do it because the scripts are asynchronous ?
After deciding that it would be impossible to do it before login. I'm trying to freeze the screen after login and make the user either check the box and accept the policy or say no and logged out. I've managed to log out the user but the problem is how do I freeze the screen ?

Eventhough the thread is in the XP section we are using windows 7.
 

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