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Unable to make any changes to system

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 tigers7612 In reply to Unable to make any change ...

in order to make changes you have to have administrator rights. Do you have this? if you don't you will need to contact someone that was accosiated with this company to get the passwords for administrator.

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by FrogSnot In reply to

I have or had full administrative rights.

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by FrogSnot In reply to Unable to make any change ...

After researching and spending hours in the hope of getting past this, I finally gave up and formatted the drive.

It seems to me that some how the registry had been disabled, meaning that no changes could be made permanant. After rebooting, all changes I had made to the system would be reversed.

I think that the whole thing is a great idea. Being able to keep the system exactly as is, is a fantastic idea. However since I was unable to make the changes that I wanted, I had no choice but to format.

I would still love to know how to go about doing this myself. Any info would be cool. Thanks people.

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by SimY In reply to Unable to make any change ...

It sounds like the work of a browser hijacker. They usually change your homepage and add entries into your favourites. You can use a program like HijackThis to identify and remove a browser hijacker. To prevent a reocurrence, just be careful when you are asked to install something from the web - if you are not sure what it is, don't do it.

With the printer, you can uninstall the printer, reboot and reinstall. I've seen this happen when installing printer drivers before connecting the printer - this usually does the trick.

All the best

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by FrogSnot In reply to

This is not a browser hijacking. I remove those all the time. This really was a lock down of the system. I have seen it once before. I used to provide tech support for AT&T's Worldnet customers years ago and they had the workstations lock down tight like this as well.

As far as the printer goes, nothing worked. I uninstalled, reinstalled. After installing the printer and rebooting the system would reinstall because I don't think it was saving anything that would change the system settings.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Unable to make any change ...

There is a tool for Windows 9x systems called System Policy Editor to lock down 9x or NT4 systems. You need to load the default template (ADM file) or locked down template, edit it and reapply it to make the changes.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;147381&Product=w98

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by zlitocook In reply to Unable to make any change ...

I have setup 200 computers like that, It would take the script that was used to set up the computer to fix it. Or to hack the registry and there could be hundreds of entrys to change. I would format and reinstall, it would save a lot of time. These computers we set up were for nurses and patients, so there was vary little they could do or change. If you got a computer setup like this it could be that it was not cleaned and it could get the company in hot water. To save your self problems. Format and install like new.

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