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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

By Shanghai Sam ·
My brother has 'upgraded' to Win 98 recently. He has had a problem with his son getting on the computer and doing his own experiments with it. Is there a way to prevent access to the computer itself? As we all know a simple click on the cancel button with any of the existing logon utilities defeats it. Is there a registry edit that would prevent access and force an actual login. As far as I know Windows 98 is not intended as a secure stand alone W/S but I would like to know if there is anyway to secure the computer from any unauthorized access. My experience has been with NT and up so I am researching the problem as well as posting it here. Short of talking him into the 21st Century and installing Win2k I would like to offer him some sort of solution.

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by dmiles In reply to Is there an actual login ...

Editing the Registry will not give you the Security that you are seeking with WIN 98
I am not sure adding a login script would be a good idea

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by Still_learning In reply to Is there an actual login ...

About the only thin that I can think of is to set the system password in the BIOS. Of course this can be defeated by clearing the CMOS settings, but it may be a short term solution. Good luck.

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by TheChas In reply to Is there an actual login ...

If the goal is to restrict all access to the computer, it is correct that there is no-logon method to restrict access.

On many systems, the BIOS password only limits BIOS access, not computer access.

One work around, would be to wire an alarm key switch into the power button wires. To avoid damaging the case, mount the switch in an open drive bay. (Don't use just the bay cover, find a metal box that you can screw into the bay.) If you coupled this with a case lock, that will secure themachine as much as is practical.

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by SyscoKid In reply to Is there an actual login ...

There is a way to force logon to Windows.

Try this

http://registry.winguides.com/display.php/629/

or this

http://www.security-tips.com/003.htm


(Sometimes when I cut and paste URL's it looks ok to me but once the answer is posted, an extraneous space will have crept in. Make sure you delete any extraneous spaces or the page won't load).

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by tlippert In reply to Is there an actual login ...

Go to WINcdrom\Admin\Apptools\poledit.exe Run the policy editor. Experiment with the limitations that you want to give the user. Read the help files and you should find your answer.

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by vh_s In reply to Is there an actual login ...

You could somehow try a workaround this.

This would need screen saver. So, first of all, define your screen saver and enable password protection for that.

Put that screen saver into the startup folder. Whenever the user log-on or the computer started up, the screen saver will be executed and it would ask for password.

Only by typing the correct password you would enter the computer.

vh_s

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by vh_s In reply to Is there an actual login ...

Forgot to mention, if his son is using startup disk then the screen saver could be removed from the startup folder.

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Is there an actual login in Windows 98?

by courige In reply to Is there an actual login ...

I had the same problem with my two boys.
The only solution that I found was a third party software. I used FGuard, very inexpensive, very easy to use and I bought it on the Internet.
Worked like a charm after I configured it.
Unfortunately in Win98 there is always a way to bypass the password screen and have full access to the pc.
I tried them all.

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