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Give new users help info via log-on script

I'd like to run a "welcome" document that tells a new user how to install a printer, set up email and get help. And I'd like it to run from a log-on script and only the first time the user logs on. Can you help? 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. Microsoft's Web 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. What should I do? Can you outline how this is done with Active Directory?

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I'd like to run a "welcome" document that tells a new user how to install a printer, set up email and get help. And I'd like it to run from a log-on script and only the first time the user logs on. Can you help? 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. Microsoft's Web 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. What should I do? Can you outline how this is done with Active Directory?
I'm guessing you're talking about the instructions detailed in this Knowledge Base article. I've tried these instructions myself and they need to be followed to the letter, including the case-sensitivity for the key you create and its location. Also, make sure that the user you are testing this for does not already have a local user profile; you can use the DELPROF tool to remove all other user profiles but the currently logged-in one as a testing measure. RLMueller.Net has a very nice how-to that talks all about how to create logon scripts, including how to do some things through Active Directory.
This was first published in September 2006

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