Nice tip. Don't know if I will ever use it since I don't spend much time looking at the logon screen.
I'm a cautious guy, Techsomething. And I try to look out for the newbies that come here looking for very specific instructions. So first let me give the standard warning:If you don't know what you're doing, make a backup of the registry before making any changes.
For those unfamiliar with the registry you'll need to know some basic information like the icons on the left that look like folders are keys
and the entries on the right are values
. Take a litle time to familiarize yourself with the registry before attmpting this or any hack. A basic tutorial on the registry, including how to back it up can be found in BC's tutorial section: Demystifying the Windows Registry
If you get an error saying this computer has been locked and can only be opened by the administrator. Then you typed the incorrect path to your logon screen.
This can be prevented by using a couple of cool freeware utilities and will make this registry hack a bit more user friendly:Registrar Lite:
An extended registry editor that is much more user friendly than regedit.Ninotech's CopyPath:
Adds to the context (right click) menu the ability to copy the path of files and folders to the clipboard. A tutorial on how to install and use the utility can be found here:http://www.jimpix.co.uk/words/copypath.asp
So to do this hack with these utilites follow these steps:
1. Download and install the above two utilities.
2. Open RegLite and copy and paste the following bold text into the Address field and hit the green GO button:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Make sure the only space is between "Windows" and "NT".
This will take you right to the Winlogon key that will be colored blue.
3. Find and right click the UIHost
value in the right pane and select Properties.
4. Using My Computer/Windows Explorer, navigate to the logon screen file you downloaded. Right click on it and choose Copy Path>Copy Long Path.
Say you downloaded to a folder named My Download Files and the name of the file is logonE2E.exe. What has been copied to your clipboard will be this if your drive letter is C:C:\My Download Files\logonE2E.exe
5. In the RegLite properties box, highlite the text in the Value
field (toward the bottom), right click and choose Paste.
6. Confirm that the file path is correct--the above example would be:
[b]C:\My Download Files\logonE2E.exe[b]
Then click OK, Exit RegLite and do the test with the Windows key+L.