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How to configure logoff screensaver (for Win XP)?

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Hi!

I would like to customize my workstation's logoff screensaver in such a way that my company name, instead of the workstation's domainName, is displayed.
I went to regedit > ... >Window NT > WinLogon > LegalNoticeCaption > typed in "my company name".

But still the station's domainName is displayed.

What more or else do I need to do?

Thanks!

duta

June 30, 2006, at 1:28 pm
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by:Kenneniah
ID: 17020207
I'm not exactly sure what you are referring to.
The LegalNoticeCaption etc. has nothing to with a screensaver. It's basically the information from local security policy (secpol.msc). Under Local Policies|Security Options there are 2 settings. "Interactive Logon: Message title for users attempting to log on" which controls the text in bar on top of a popup box that appears before Windows lets a user logon. "Interactive Logon: Message text for users attempting to log on" controls the text contained in the box itself.

As for the logoff screensaver...do you mean logon.scr? Which does not have any options for text.
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by:duta
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Thank you so much for your kind, prompt response.

I mean "logoff screensaver", the screensaver which kicks off after the computer is logged off. Just forget about the
LegalNoticeCaption thing.

I would like certain words (for example: my company name) to splash across the screen when the logoff screensaver runs.

Hope that I made my objective clear enough to you.

Thanks again!

duta

June 30, 2006, at 2:07 pm
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Kenneniah earned 500 total points
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Ok, it was the logoff part that had me confused. Just to clarify, you mean the screensaver that runs while idle at the logon screen (usually referred to as the logon screensaver which is why I was confused).

By default, this screen saver is logon.scr which is found in C:\Windows\System32, which does not have any options for including/changing text.

What you can do though is change it to a screen saver that does. Go to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop and edit the value for "SCRNSAVE.EXE" and change logon.scr to something that does (like ssmarque.scr).

If using ssmarque.scr, then go to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Marquee and change the value for "Text"
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by:Kenneniah
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Or an easy method if you have TweakUI from Microsoft, is to set up the screensaver how you'd like it to work in your profile so you can test it etc. Then open TweakUI and go to Logon|Settings. Place a check next to "Screen saver" and hit Copy Now. This will copy your account's screensaver settings to be used at the logon screen.
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by:duta
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TO: kenneniah:

Thank you so much for your very kind, prompt response.

I would like to try your first tip first. I have had an unpleasant experience with TweakUI.

Thanks!

duta
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by:duta
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TO: kenneniah:
Thanks again!

By the way, I noticed that the workstation has margue.scr as default screensaver.
I think we are very close to the solution.

The only question left is: When I ran marque.scr, "Your text goes here" splashes across the screen.
I guess that  there should be a way to replace the "Your text goes here" with my own words and to change the font size and color.

Thanks!

duta






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by:duta
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I think I figured out how to replace the text and change the color and size.

I will try and come back to you.

Thanks!

duta
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by:Kenneniah
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Yep, all those settings are in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Marquee
Text = the text you want displayed
TextColor of course is the color etc.

Since those values are in numbers, the easiest way to find out the settings you want would be to go to Control Panel|Display -> Screen Saver tab.
Select the Marquee screen saver and hit settings. Play with those settings and hit Preview until you get it working like you want. Then hit OK.
Now you can open regedit to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Marquee
Then you can use those numbers as a refrerence for what you want the ones under HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Screen Saver.Marquee to be.
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by:duta
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TO: kenneniah:

Thanks a lot again!

That was what I was trying for the past one hour. It seems to be working.

I will come back to you as soon as I successfully finished the testing.

duta

June 30, 2006, at 4:07 pm
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by:duta
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TO: kenneniah:

Thank you so much for your kind help.

Your tip worked great.

duta
July 1, 2006
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Welcome and glad it worked it out :)
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