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10-Mar-2007, 07:21 PM #1
Getting Rid of a Startup Message
A year and a half ago I somehow customized my startup to display a screen that reads, "This computer is set to explode in 12 seconds. Run away as fast as you can." The whole startup process stops until I click "accept."

I can't remember how I did it. I think it was some program that I was fooling around with and I thought it would be cute. But I've been sick of it for a long time now and don't know how to get rid of it.

Can anybody help me with this? I've got Windows XP.
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10-Mar-2007, 07:49 PM #2
See anything in Control Panel Add/Remove programs that you can uninstall?
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10-Mar-2007, 07:51 PM #3
For starters, what operating system?
Was it a logon banner?

To create a logon banner:

1. Go to Start / Settings / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy
2. Open up Local Policies / Security Options
3. Enter in Message Text and Message Title for users attempting to logon

If this is what you did, then remove the text.
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11-Mar-2007, 07:50 AM #4
I have Windows XP.

There's nothing that says "Local Security Policy." However, my system is in Spanish. Still, nothing even loosely translates as such. Is it possible that my version of XP doesn't have a Local Security Policy? or Do I need to have the Service Pack or something?

Sometimes these things aren't direct translations, so I tried to find info on the internet that indicates what these components are called in Spanish. No luck.
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11-Mar-2007, 08:04 AM #5
It may be the "Legal Notice" window that pops up before you get to the logon screen. If so there is a registry edit that should get rid of it. Start Regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

Do you see data for the LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText values that matches the text displayed in the startup display? If so delete the data for both of those values. (Right click the value names and modify to delete the text).
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11-Mar-2007, 09:21 AM #6
Customize your welcome screen. Maybe you can get an idea of adjustments to make.

http://www.x64bit.net/site/board/ind...?showtopic=274
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11-Mar-2007, 09:23 AM #7
I navigated through all of that and there is nothing that reads LegalNotice anything.

It comes up after the Boot Screen, and I get no Welcome Screen. It seems to have replaced the Welcome Screen.

I'm almost certain that the program I'd used was TuneUp Utilities. But I've since upgraded it twice and can find no way to change whatever the heck I did. The TuneUp Styler indicates that I have the typical Windows Log On, and "Restore Defaults" and "Install ..." are faded out.
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11-Mar-2007, 09:44 AM #8
Try searching the registry for "This computer is set to explode in 12 seconds"
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11-Mar-2007, 09:44 AM #9
Whoops! Big blunder. There ARE LegalNotice thingamabobs. I was looking at the subfolders, not in the WinLogOn folder. I stumbled across it trying to follow zbd21's instructions and fixed it using Frank4d's advice.

Problem solved. Thanks a lot, fellas. It's been driving me nuts for a year and a half. ... I love this forum.
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