User Access in Windows 98/ME

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    User Access in Windows 98/ME

    At school, the teachers have passwords to the computers (and the admins) and then the students just type in "student" to login to the computer. But on the student account, it limits you to only a few programs and you cannot modify settings. I have Windows 98/ME and I was wondering how to do that on my computer. Thanks.

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    well you'd have to set up some user accounts, then edit the registry for the current user (when logged in under that user). Make sure you've got everything how you like it, then disable registry editing (though they can still use a third party tool to do it ). 9x/ME isn't very secure, that's about all you can do.
    See www.winguides.com , they've got most everything documented as far as security goes.
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    Ok so one users registry doesn't affect the registry on the other user account?

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    Win9x is not a secure OS. However, for non-determined users, you can set up many restrictions using poledit.

    NTx users can set restrictions using gpedit.msc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padawan
    Ok so one users registry doesn't affect the registry on the other user account?
    When you load up regedit you will see among othes, two sections of the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    (Most of the keys you are interested in will be located in one of these two)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER holds all the settings specific to the currently logged on user, where as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE contains global settings.

    So yes, there are parts of the registry which are specific to each user, and some that are not.

    Chances are your school uses a third party application which does all this automatically. Some third party applications also add extra security options too, which are not available through the registry and require that software.

    But as everyone has said, anyone with some advanced Windows 9x knowledge is very likely going to be able to work round any security restrictions applied to a non-NT version of Windows.

    Windows 9x/Me wasn't built with user security in mind and the methods of applying security restrictions are very hack-ish.

    My advice, get XP Professional, and then you can tinker with security as much as you like.
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    If your school isn't running a full LAN w/ server-based security or a Novell Login Client (by your description I'd bet your not) then it should only take thirty-fourty minutes to figure out a tweak for it.

    again try: Winguides.com/registry
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    I'd expect the LAN would have NTFS security for the network resources, but he's talking about security options on the clients, which are Win9x/Me
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    right, so no novell, no NT/2k/XP, and no direct server security. Just consoles if I understand right. Find a reg tweak and be happy. If there is a LAN(s) there are agian reg tweaks and *ways around* what is in place... but I'm not going to tell how because moddy' said not to. Ha!
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