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How to defeat Win 95 security lockouts

Posted on 1998-03-25
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My company is finally upgrading from Win 3.1 to Win 95.  I've been using Win 3.1 at work for a few years and have had no problems circumventing the simple security lockouts that were placed on my PC.

However, I have no familiarity with Win 95 and I want to know how I can defeat the security lockouts (will be running Win 95 on a Novell network).  I don't know the details (I'm probably asking this question too soon, since I don't have 95 yet) but I know that Information Systems wants maximum control.  For instance, I'm sure I won't be able to add and/or execute new applications and do things such as changing certain settings.
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Question by:jimj
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by:cumbo
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jimj,

You are asking us to help you circumvent your Network safeguards.
If you are capable of installing new programs, modifying etc.
surely your system admin will give you the necessary access.

Cumbo
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by:sico
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There are programs that will allow you to do this sort of operation. But its likley your P45 may float by shortly after using them! 95 is better than 3.1 for security. Being an administartor on a helpdesk I would advise strongly against trying such an operation. It can be seen as vandalising company equipment which leads to diciplinary action.
Or have I misread your question?????
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by:jimj
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Oh well, I expected these sorts of comments.  I have a strange relationship with IS.  Once I figure out how to circumvent their security, I inform them and then they leave me alone (now with 3.1 I have no restrictions).  With 3.1 they wouldn't let me do anything, even move my icons around.  I can understand that for the 90% of the employees this is fine.  But for users that can take advantage of some customization to enhance their efficiency and productivity it's just plain silly to treat all users the same.  Also I'm the organization's Web Master, homepage designer and author - no one else there knows squat about the Internet.  You would think then I would get some leeway, but no.

Well you can't blame me for asking and I understand your reluctance in answering.  However, I was able to find the answers elsewhere on the Net (directions on regedit, poledit, and workarounds if registry editing tools is disabled or if restricted from running Explorer)
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toxo earned 100 total points
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Poledit found in the Admin folder of Win95 setup pretty much unlocks any thing that has been disabled from the system. Many people will now complain about "spilling the beans" but this information is not top secrect. Many times what they disable contradicts what one tries to aor needs to do with the system.
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