Can I create login script for document that welcomes new users?
I would like to be able to run a "Welcome new user" document that explains
how to install a printer, set up e-mail and get help. I would like it to run only once and only if
it is the first time a user logs on. I have a mix of Windows 2000 and XP machines and do not have
Active Directory, so I was hoping for something I could put into a login script
The Microsoft site said to load the default user ntuser.dat file into HKU, but there is no
Runonce key and Windows ignores it if I create one. Can you point me in the right direction?
The best way to do this really is through Active Directory. But judging from the description
of what you've already tried, you might want to make sure you're creating the key in the correct
place. I've seen people have this problem before and it was because they weren't using the right
key location for their version of Windows.
A simple thing you could do is put a batch file into the Startup folder that launches the
document in question and then deletes itself. The SearchWinSystems.com site also has some detailed
information about different ways you can get things to run on startup.
This was first published in March 2006