Login warnings for Windows…

We don’t give much credit to Windows for all of the abilities it endows. Hidden features in Windows are rarely known because of the caution one exercises in keeping their system software from breaking down – something they believe too much meddling might cause. You’re lucky to have us, though. We meddle with our systems all the time and hardly do we fear losing important data – we back up, by the way. Good practice, this backing up thing. So, here we are tapping into our reserve to bring you a not-well-hidden and yet not-well-looked-for feature on Windows – the ability to have login warnings.

Windows allows one to display a warning to those who wish to log into a computer system. The warning may be as simple as a welcome message or as intimidating as what I’m about to show you.

Windows XP login warning
Cool, isn’t it?

So, now you know that this can be done as far back as Windows XP. We will judge you for not being current, if you’re still on it, but we won’t prevent you from knowing how it’s done.

How to set up a login warning

As it turns out, it is pretty easy. Follow the steps enlisted and in under 5 minutes you’ll have a brand new warning to impress your friends.

1. Invoke the Start menu/screen

Stop whatever you’re doing and get to the Start menu or the Start screen in Windows 8.

Windows 8 Start Screen
Good observation – the tutorial will be more Windows 8 style, but I’m sure you can backtrack well.

If you’re still on Windows XP click on “Run“.

2. Start the Local Group Policy Editor

In Windows XP, in the Run prompt, you have to enter exactly the following and Run it.

gpedit.msc

That is the command for the console for Group Policy Editor.

In Windows 7 or Windows 8, type “group policy” and click on the first result that appears.

Group Policy search
Can I just say how much I love the Everywhere search of Windows 8.1?

It will look something like so.

Group Policy Editor
Unlike the registry, this console lets you truly understand what changes you’re making. Play around whenever you can.

You can read more about the Group Policy Editor here.

3. Navigate to “Security Options”

Do this as follows.

  1. Drop down (expand) “Windows Settings” in the left side pane.
  2. In Windows Settings, drop down “Security Settings“.
  3. In there, drop down “Local Policies” and click on “Security Options“.
GPedit security options
We need to change only two of these. But it is pretty safe to play around with the rest…

You’ll see a list of security “rules”.

4. Edit the rules

There are two rules you’ll need to edit, of which one is essential.

Edit the message text

Double-click the item on the list that reads “Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on“.

This is where the body of your login warning goes...

In the prompt that appears fill in whatever login warning text content you wish. “Apply” it after a recheck and then proceed.

Login Warning text...
The text won’t wrap here but it will in the final result. Use a line-break only if you wish to add paragraphs.

The following is not necessary as the message text appears despite it; it can be skipped. Still, if you wish to have a message title, go on.

Edit the message title

Double-click the item that reads “Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on“.

Login Warning title...
Keep this short. You wouldn’t want a title spill over one line.

Enter the title you wish to add and “Apply” the changes.

5. Restart the system

The system needs to be restarted for the changes to take effect. On the next boot you’ll be greeted with a screen as so.

Login warning on Windows 8
I know! It seemed as if I had a clunky old piece of hardware from the warning.

Let’s take a closer look.

Cooler, isn't it?
I don’t really stay that far from my computer, so this is just a minute of distraction before I get back with a bat…

Once you tap/click on “OK” you’re free to progress on to a normal log on.

Usual login
See? It just adds on to your usual log in routine and doesn’t disturb anything else…

Tip:

This won’t work if you’ve not added an account password. Plus, won’t it just look silly if the intruder accepts a warning just to find out your system wasn’t really protected?

And here’s how it appears on Windows 7.

Windows 7 login warning
I personally like the Windows 7 way of presenting the login warning. It transitions seamlessly.

So, tell us if you liked/loved this new-old trick down in the comments. If you wish to know more on how to get things done, you can contact us by any means necessary that you can find us.

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