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How to envoke a POLICY on a stand-alone PC

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Need Step-by-step instructions on how to disable the DOS prompt using the POLICY EDITOR. Please be specific.
WIN95, Stand-Alone, Using the DEFAULT Windows login.
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First logon onto your computer under the default windows login.

Assuming that you hav'nt loaded the Policy Editor, do the following with Win95 CD in your drive:-

Goto Control Panel. Dbl click on icon 'ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS'. Click on 'WINDOWS SETUP' tab. Click on 'HAVE DISK'. Browse the CD until you get to program *:\admin\apptools\poledit. Click on this and then load it. Tick all options.

Reboot the computer and when WIN 95 has finished loading goto 'START' button and click on 'RUN'. Type in 'POLEDIT' and enter.

On the 'File' dropdown menu, click 'Open Registry'. Double click 'Local User'.

Expand 'System' and then 'Restrictions', and then check the box which say's 'Disable MS-Dos Prompt'.

Click 'Ok' to return to main Poledit window and then with the File dropdown menu, click save. You dont need a name as this saves the altered registry settings. Exit the Policy Editor. The next and subsequent times the Default User is logged on to Windows, the changes will be in force.
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seems to satisfy my need except for one thing. The purpose of doing this is to prevent the user from changing the date or time. I can still boot up and F8 to a command prompt. Any Idea of how to prevent this?

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The user can change your date and time by a number of different methods. Through the control panel or right clicking on the task bar, and bringing the date/time on the task bar under properties, where it can be edited. You would have to use the Policy Editor to disable these aswell.

A DOS bootable floppy could also be used to boot the computer to DOS, but you could disable this in the BIOS.

The only way that I can think of to stop the F8 key from being used to get to a command prompt, is to re-assign the F8 key using the DOSKEY command in the Autoexec.bat file.
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There are two third-party pieces of software that allow selective disabling - and will totally prevent anyone from hacking in with a floppy or F8.  One is called Fool-proof and the other is WinShield by Citadel Technology.  They cost about $50 and are easy to use.  They do have drawbacks, however.  Neither can be totally un-installed and make sure to reboot at each stage of the installation process when it asks if you want to reboot.  Otherwise, you'll lose your start menu icons.
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