Find The Local Security Settings In Vista

Your computer has a number of different security settings that you can use to secure your computer. For example, using the local security settings, you can configure a password policy so that all users who access your computer must change their password every 30 days.

There are a few ways in which you can access the security settings. One method is to open the Control Panel, select System and Maintenance, select Administrative Tools and click the Local Security Policy. Alternatively, you can also use the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the search field on the Start Menu. This opens the Group Policy console from which you can navigate to the security settings.

[tags]Windows Security Center, Internet Options, Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall, Vista[/tags]

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  • Brent

    I have Vista home premium and it is not showing up there. Could it not be included in home premium version or might it have a different name? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Nahid

    hi Brent
    did you find out if ist included


  • New Vista User

    Hello. If you desire to edit features of the Local Security Policy in Vista Home Premium via the LocalSecurityPolicy snapin (as XP and Media Center both had), you’ll need to look to the registry.

    Home Premium does NOT allow you to install the LocalSecurityPolicy snapin in the MMC. Try it for yourself: (Start – Run – MMC – File – AdRemoveSnapin – LocalUsersAndGroups).

    I just upgraded to Vista Home Premium from MediaCenter Edition (upgrade – not a fresh install), and desired to change the Interactive Login Text that still appeared, not realizing that I could no longer easily edit it as the LocalSecurity snapin is not available in Home Premium.

    After hunting around, here’s the registry location where you can change such features in Home Premium: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    The legalnoticecaption key is the title of your interactive login textbox and the legalnoticetext key is the actual contents of the interactive login textbox.

    As for the other keys in that folder, just modify the ValueData as needed to edit the specific features such as dontdisplaylastusername or whatever else you wish.

    Have fun and DON’T call DELL SUPPORT – it’s a JOKE.

  • bob

    what would keep the LegalNoticeText and LegalNoticeCaption from showing on xp workstations? I have created winlogon in the registry with those 2 keys, copied from a wk2 that did display the messages but it still doesn’t pop up. I’ve noticed that some of our xp stations do show the messages but most don’t.

  • jay

    to turn off uac in vista home premium with sp1

    control panel – admin tools – system config – tools –

    disable uac at bottom of list – reboot

  • Bruno

    this Windows Vista Hot Premion is a piece of shit… a cant find NOTHING of Local Security Settings in it.

  • Paul

    I have vista home premium and want to enable logging of failed logon attempts for the event viewer. This is normally done via the Local Security Policy but Home Premium does not have this, as per above. Any idea how I can do it via the registry, or another way? Thanks.

  • janus

    I have Windows Vista Home premium on SP1 and noticed that there is a security watermark in the folder:

    C:\WINDOWS\winsxs\x86_netfx-aspnet_webadmin_images_b03f5f7f11d50a3a……etc, etc., folder. I also noticed that I cannot change permissions to this folder / file. Is this correct? Why can’t I delete a file from the software which I purchased and someone else whom I dont know has full access to this item?

    The item name is security_watermark.jpg

    Anyone have any answers? Much appreciated.

  • Oliver Storey

    Try starting the computer in safe mode and click the user ‘administrator’.

    Hope that helps,


  • creeper

    when we log on to the screen
    after giving the password it says
    “welcome’ with the loading symbol
    cant we just change the welcome word to “enter me” or something like that
    i am using vista home basic

  • snusa

    hey, i just became aware of this and wanted to tinker around, call me a noob but when i open regedit cant find HKLM only HKEY, little help would be nice >_< ty

  • Michael


    Thanks :)

  • jim

    You can take care of a lot of those log in message tasks with task scheduler. You can have an event driven task display a msgbox at sign on.

    Right click “Computer” -> Manage -> expand “Task Scheduler” and follow the prompts

  • Michael Melvyn

    Windows Vista TM Home Premium does not include lusrmgr.msc and Gpedit.msc whoever is saying you can use
    both of these tools in XP Home Edition Vista Home Basic and Premium are full of crap
    the lusrmgr.msc and Gpedit.msc and secpol.msc snapins
    are only available in Windows Vista Business Ultimate and Enterprise . XP Professional XP Media Center Edition and Windows 2000 Professional .
    Vista TM Home Premium is a good operating system
    but lacks the business features that 2000 XP Professional and Vista TM offers

  • Brian Quinn

    I’m just starting to learn how to used IIS 7.0 with my ASP.NET web apps and wanting to try out windows authentication with impersonation. I think that means I can’t use custom accounts and would be limited to Network Server or Local Service that run with the bound application pools.

  • Brian Quinn

    And…oh yes to stay on topic I use Windows Vista Home Premium and following the books reference to the Local Security Profile and the above methods for reaching said panel I can’t get to it either.

  • Roman

    Type mmc in run menu then add security configuration and analysis plugin and security templates plug-in. Create a new template – edit the security settings you need – then save. using the config/analysis part, analyze and apply using your template.