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how do i remove the company splash security screen on old company computers?

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I am cleaning computers for a company so they can sell them.  Currently, they have a splash screen with an OK button (a security message to users).  It pops up before the Windows login screen.  How do I get rid of it?  Most are XP workstations but there are a few 7 as well.

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Seth Simmons earned 2000 total points
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on the machine itself, run c:\windows\system32\gpedit.msc
this will open local group policy editor
navigate to Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local policies/ Security options\ Interactive logon\Policy\Interactive logon:message text for users attempting to log on and remove the text
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by:Kevin Smith
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Found it, but it's grayed out and gives no options to change it...
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got it.  had to remove the station from the domain first.

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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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You can also find it in the Registry at
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
as:
LegalNoticeCaption   REG_SZ      Dialog Caption
 &  LegalNoticeText      REG_SZ      Dialog Message


Do the company realise the machines won't be secure wiped so any data on them can be recovered?

Are they being sold with the company's volume licence activated image of XP (this bit has legal implications)?

If they have OEM stickers on them they really should be secure wiped and either suuplied with a reinstallation CD or XP reinstalled
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by:Kevin Smith
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I asked them about this...they said they just wanted them off the network so they can logon normally...all I'm doing is removing them from the domain and getting the splash screen off.  They're a little shady anyway, so I don't ask a lot of questions, ha.
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