RunOnce welcome message

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

One method to deliver a message to the user of a new NT box is to use the RunOnce method. NT's registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Softwate\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce is checked at logon. If there is a value set, the program pointed to is run and then the value (program pointer) is deleted. Thus you get a one-time message (or action). Create a new value, WelcomeOwner (type REG_SZ) and set it equal to your cmd file, for example, \\installations\newusershare\welcomeowner.cmd. When the new owner logs in the first time, the value of WelcomeOwner is executed, that is \\installations\newusershare\welcomeowner.cmd is run and then the value WelcomeOwner is deleted from the RunOnce key. [the \\installations\newusershare\welcomeowner.cmd is untouched - users only have read access anyway.] The contents of welcomeowner.cmd can do whatever you need to be done on newly minted boxes :
  • Display an inane message
  • Display a useful message with Help Desk information
  • Run different setups depending on user's group.
  • . . .
Its only limited by your imagination.

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