On a WIN98 machine of a customer, the control panel is not avalaible

Could someone tell me why on win98 machine for a customer, the control panel is not available ? and the printer folder too ?

It tell me someting about the system administrator but it's a stand alone machine, so no system administrator.

lamcoAsked:
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graham_kConnect With a Mentor Commented:
check out poledit.exe, the policy editor. It's on the windows CD, but not automatically installed.

A more comfortable way is with Tweak UI which also came on the CD. A good description is at http://www.annoyances.org/win98/features/tweakui.html
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melvynmyersCommented:
The registry can be edited to disallow access to the control panel. There are also programs that provide a nice user interface to do this. I don't have the details on hand....

The Microsoft Knowledgebase or any of the search engines would be a good place to look.

Cheers,

Mel
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AjninCommented:
This can also be done through the registry.

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/153/

You can restore the registry by running scanreg /restore at the command prompt if you run into problems after editing the registry.

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cumboCommented:
lamco,

Are the folders visible in Safe Mode? If so, then they probably have a second party utility installed to deny access to the kids. If the computer asks for a password and you cancel it the software is active. Check with the customer for the
correct password.


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graham_kCommented:
Well, unles the questionner responds, it will be difficult to allocate points. Most comments are valid & useful. But, whcih one would have helped him? Only the questionner knows (now, gimme the points ;-).
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lamcoAuthor Commented:
In reality, tweakui can't be useful as you start it from control panel and this one is not available.

With poledit, I managed to enter this damned control panel to finally find that a software from Microsoft was installed with a game by the kids. The name was something like lock-it or resctrict-it. It has an icon into the control panel to set policies but as I entered by the wrong way, I wasn't able to enter this software and even able to uninstall it. So with tweakui I removed it and since then, the computer run fine and the customer don't let the kids play with his computer when he's not with them.
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