HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Determines whether the system waits for the logon script to finish running before it starts Windows Explorer and creates the desktop.




The logon script and Windows Explorer can run simultaneously.


Windows Explorer does not start until the logon script has finished running.

Change method

To establish a policy related to this entry, use Group Policy. The value of this entry can be overridden by using the Run logon scripts synchronously Group Policy (User or Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon).

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This entry applies to all users of the computer. The RunLogonScriptSync entry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER is configured separately for each user.

Group Policy settings included in Windows 2000 can supercede this entry. While the Run logon scripts synchronously Group Policy is enabled (in the Computer Configuration or User Configuration policy folders), the system ignores this entry. The Run logon scripts synchronously policy setting is stored in the values of the RunLogonScriptSync entry in HKLM and the RunLogonScriptSync entry in HKCU.

Windows 2000 does not add this entry to the registry. You can add it by editing the registry or by using a program that edits the registry.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

Related Entries

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RunLogonScriptSync (HKCU)