When you create a local user account password on your PC and reboot your system, or switch from one user to the next, the Windows 10 login screen Is the first thing you see prior to entering the Windows environment. Implementing a password Is one thing to help prevent unauthorized access, but setting a deterrent Is just as effective. The deterrent In this case, Is applying a custom message at the login screen, and I will walk you through the process with a step-by-step tutorial.
This Involves a number of steps by way of using the Group Policy Editor. The objective Is to create a custom message at the login screen, that will help deter anyone who's attempting to access your PC. For example, when your computer Is powered up, the custom message will be displayed just before entering your password.
Do note that the Group Policy Editor, Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. The following guide Is performed on my Windows 10 Enterprise OS. Okay, let's begin.
To access the Group Policy Editor, open the Run menu, enter "gpedit.msc" (no quotes) and hit "OK".
Next, navigate to the following directory:
"Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options".
On the right pane, double-click:
"Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on".
This Is where you enter the message title, that will appear as the first line In the message. I've entered: You have been warned! Click "OK".
Now go back to Step Two above, and this time select and double-click:
"Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on".
This Is where you enter the message "text", that will appear just below the message title (that was created above). I've entered a message of: All failed Login attempts and IP addresses are Logged. Don't forget to hit "OK" to finalize the process.
And here's the result of my custom login message. This Is actually displayed just before entering my login password when booting up my PC, or switching users. Yes, I've made a typo In "attemps" (lol).
Although this tweak does not serve any purpose, functionality-wise and can simply be Ignored by pressing OK, as mentioned at the beginning of this article, the objective Is to deter unauthorized users from accessing your PC. They will never know for sure whether this Is In fact the real deal. Of course, depending on your usability and environment, you can enter any message you like.
To reverse the change, simply leave the Input fields (that the message was entered In Step Three and Step Five above) blank.