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Dec
2008

How to change Logon Screensaver and Message Box in Windows XP

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xpNo matter what Microsoft says. Windows XP is still one of the most used operating system ever. Millions of people use it and a large slide of them doesn’t want to switch to Windows Vista at all. With so many Windows XP around and with so many years of use, it is only normal, at a certain point, to wish to add some spice to it, and make it a little different to the XP-multitude. Here is a couple of free hacks you may find interesting.

If you want to customize the default logon screensaver and the message box to replace something else of your choice, here is a couple of simple hacks to follow:

Change the Logon Screensaver

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run and type regedit.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In the registry, look for this key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
  5. Now on the right-pane locate SCRNSAVE.EXE and double-click on it and add whatever screensaver.exe you want (you can add whatever file extension and whatever file you wish).
  6. Turn your computer off and on to apply the changes.

Change the Logon Message Box

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run and type regedit.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In the registry, look for this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon
  5. Locate LegalNoticeCaption, double-click on it and type a title for your message such as Greeting Message for Users:
  6. Now, locate LegalNoticeText, double click on it and type your greeting message such Welcome to my computer!
  7. Close the registry.
  8. Turn your computer off and on to apply the changes.



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