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Locked out of registry?

By FrogSnot ·
I have a computer that belonged to a company that went out of business. The home page was set to thier website. Every time I change the webpage and reboot, then the homepage goes back to thier site. Also, I have installed a new printer. On every boot the printer wants to reinstall. If I download any software after a reboot it is no longer there. It seems I can make no changes to the comp[uter at all. I do not want to reformat. I want to figure this out.

Can anyone help?

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by dmiddltn In reply to Locked out of registry?

Most likely you have some type of lockdown software package installed... like DeepFreeze.
The only problem is that while you can disable it, you usually need the password.

Best way out... format and reload.

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by dmiles In reply to Locked out of registry?

I can only suggest starting in safe mode as the Administrator, and then trying to edit the user accounts.

By definition, the Sys Admin should have all rights.

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by saintjohnhawke In reply to Locked out of registry?

Double Check your profile folder.
Is there a file called NTUSER.MAN ?
If so, change it to NTUSER.DAT.

the man makes profile settings mandatory. You can change it all you want, but it doesn't save.

Is NTUSER.DAT read-only?
There are a ton of options here.
Try running mmc and adding a new administrative account.

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by FrogSnot In reply to Locked out of registry?

The problem was fixed after I discovered a piece of hardware installed on the floppy ribbon. Something called Centurion Guard. It was designed to prevent permanant changes from being made. I must say it di a great job. I did everything I could think of to make chages to that system, but failed at every attempt. After removing the hardware all was well. Two thumbs up for Centurion Guard.

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by ezarems1970 In reply to Locked out of registry?

back up data and reformat. The machine probably has been 'tattoo'd' by a win2k server policy.

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