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How to Display Information about Previous Logons during User Sign-in to Windows 8 and 8.1


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If this setting is enabled, then when local accounts and domain accounts in domains of at least a Windows Server 2008 functional level, a message appears after the user signs in that displays the date and time of the last successful sign-in by that user, the date and time of the last unsuccessful sign-in attempted with that user name, and the number of unsuccessful sign-ins since the last successful logon by that user. This message must be acknowledged (OK'd) by the user before the user is taken to their Start screen or desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to display information about a user's previous successful and unsuccessful sign-ins during user sign-in to Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
This will not display information about previous sign-ins when a Microsoft account signs in.

Tip   Tip
If you like, you can also view the last logged on display name and last logged on user in the registry key below. This will also include Microsoft accounts.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI


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EXAMPLE: Display Information about Previous Logons during a Local Account Sign-in

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Sign-in Information - Display about Previous Sign-ins OPTION ONE Sign-in Information - Display about Previous Sign-ins
Enable or Disable Display User Last Sign-in Information using REG File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

DisplayLastLogonInfo DWORD

0 = Don't display last sign-in info
1 = Display last sign-in info


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Enable Display User Last Sign-in Information in Windows 8 and 8.1

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_DisplayLastLogonInfo.reg

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3. To Disable Display User Last Sign-in Information in Windows 8 and 8.1
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_DisplayLastLogonInfo.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







Sign-in Information - Display about Previous Sign-ins OPTION TWO Sign-in Information - Display about Previous Sign-ins
Enable or Disable Display User Last Sign-in Information in Group Policy

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

1. From the Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc and press Enter when finished.
NOTE: You could also press +R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and open Windows Logon Options. (see screenshot below)

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4. In the right pane of Windows Logon Options, double click/tap on Display information about previous logons during user logon. (see screenshot above)

5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.


6. To Enable Display User Last Sign-in Information in Windows 8 and 8.1

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)

7. To Disable Display User Last Sign-in Information in Windows 8 and 8.1

A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

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8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.


That's it,
Shawn