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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'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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