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Showing your logon script on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 (and all other versions from Vista and on) use a "Welcome" screen that hides your logon script. By default, it only gets visible, if the execution takes more than 30 seconds. This means that your prelogon script is not visible on these clients by default. All you need to do to show it, is to set the registry value DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout under SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System to a REG_DWORD value of 0, either per computer or per user. Read on for more information.

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Showing your logon script on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

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Showing your logon script on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

To set the registry key per user, open your Group Policies and locate "User Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Registry" and create a new registry item using these data:
  • Key Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Value name: DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout
  • Value type: REG_DWORD
  • Value data: 0
Group policy for showing a logon script

If you prefer to set the registry key using an .adm file, you can download one from this page. Click here for information on setting up a FastTrack logon script.

Booting into the desktop on Windows 8.1

While you have the registry preferences open for the user or computer, you might as well set a key for booting into Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1, assuming this is your company preference. To boot directly into Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1, create another entry with these data (0 = Start in Desktop Mode, 1 = Start in Start Screen):
  • Key Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage
  • Value name: OpenAtLogon
  • Value type: REG_DWORD
  • Value data: 0
Note that on Windows 8 and newer, you must enable the feature ".NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)" to make your FastTrack logon script work.

Run logon script synchronously

If you have not enabled the group policy "Run logon script synchronously", the first part of the logon script may not execute before the explorer starts, the first time a user logs on. To enable synchronously logon script execution, please set the group policy "Run logon script synchronously" under "User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Scripts" to "Enabled".

Group policy for running logon script synchronously

Disable printer drivers warnings for printer mappings

If you use the ConnectPrinter command to connect printers, you should remove the security warnings for installing printer drivers. Locate "Point and Print Restrictions" under "Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Printers" and set to "Disabled". Under Windows 2003, this key exists under "User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Printers" instead.

Group policy for disabling printer warnings

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Rating: 5 out of 5

"Use this as a replacement for VBScript and PowerShell"

"It's easy to include attractive GUI elements in FastTrack scripts, beyond the basic dialog boxes and text input that VBScript offers ... Another powerful feature is the ability to distribute scripts as Windows Installer (.msi) or standard .exe files. Although interesting in its own right, this ability results in a much more intriguing capability: to repackage -- or wrap -- software installers as .msi files without using snapshots. If you've ever created an .msi installer file from before-and-after system snapshots, for use with a software distribution system such as Group Policy or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), then you know how hit-and-miss the results can be."

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Rating: 8 out of 10

"Faster than the rest"

"We found the FastTrack syntax to be more transparent and easier to learn than Microsoft's PowerShell – the editor in particular provided good support in this regard. Scripting mode offers a large number of options from the command set through to simple output of graphical elements, which cannot be achieved at all with PowerShell or other solutions or only with a significantly greater level of effort."

"Anyone wanting to tackle the many hurdles in everyday admin and especially anyone for whom logon scripts and client automation is a priority will benefit from the variety of functions offered by FastTrack."

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