How can I force a Notepad message to open when a user logs in to Windows?

Chris M July 13, 2013

Trying to set up a GPO where the user, upon login, gets a message in Notepad.  I have the right item in the GPO. I just don’t know what the “path” should be.

Server name is: Bullwinkle
Share is: Practiceshare
File is: Logon

The path we have been trying to use is

notepad “\\bullwinkle\practiceshare\logon\

And various versions of that.

We are using server 2008R2 and the client is Windows 7.

  1. Chris M
    July 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    So, in the GPO item "Start these programs on user logon" we put in the command C:windowssystem32notepad "\itwispracticesharelogon"

    The tells the client to open its own notepad program.
    The tells the client the path to the file to open.

    One of the mistakes we were making was we were using "\bullwinkle..." which is the domain, not the server name.

    the only problem we have with this command is that if the client doesn't have a root drive letter of "C", then Notepad will not open and it will give an error message.

    Thanks all for the help.

  2. Alan W
    July 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    If you are using the "Classic" login you can add a message to the login window, let us know...........

    • Chris M
      July 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Answer is below.

  3. Hovsep A
    July 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I want to pop up a notepad on my desktop when i log in to my system.How can i do this?


    Deploying Legal Notices to domain computers using Group Policy

    How to configure Windows Server 2003 to display a message when users log on;EN-US;310430

    • Chris M
      July 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      To address each solution your put here:

      #1: I have to use use GPOs to accomplish with all computers on the domain.

      #2: Same as #1. I have to use a GPO. these are both really good info to know, though.

      #3: We haven't covered this in class but this looks promising. I'll try it out on Monday on the Server. Also, I hope it works on Server 2008R2.

      #4: Same as #3. Looks promising and I hope it works with Server 2008R2.

      Thanks for the great answers. I hope they work. Even if I can't get them to work, its still great info to know.

  4. Susendeep D
    July 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Have a look at the answer from the link below which has similar question you had asked -

    • Chris M
      July 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      We have to use Server 2008R2 GPOs to accomplish this task.

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