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Folks,

I have setp an NT4 WORKSTATION for users on our network here.  I have locked it down through the registry so they can't do anything bar use the applictaions they need.  Unfortunately I also put in disableregistry tools = 1 and rebooted.  I have run menu, dos and explorer disabled.  Anyway I can get back in if I need to modify some keys in the future?

Cheers.
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by:Dufo G. Belski
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Right-click on the Windows desktop > New > Text Document.
Double-click the file that you just created.
Copy and paste the following text into the file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"DisableRegistryTools"=dword:00000000


Click File > Save As. Save the file as:

"Regfix.reg"

Click Save and close Notepad.
Double-click the Regfix.reg file to re-enable the registry editor

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by:Dufo G. Belski
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Mmm, correction.  For Windows NT, try this text:

REGEDIT4
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
"DisableRegistryTools"=dword:00000000
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
"DisableRegistryTools"=dword:00000000

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by:gooded
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asyscokid,

I can't right-click on the dekstop or open notepad for that user.  I can however login as another user and access the registry but can I access the locked down users key from here?
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by:Dufo G. Belski
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That's a good question.  I don't know.  I would guess not.  Are they able to use Word?  You could create it and save as a text file.  Can you log on as another user, create the file, and copy it to that user's desktop?
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by:gooded
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I have desktop hidden as well.   Think I have it too well locked down and am paying the price for not thinking smart enough about a backup plan.
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Dufo G. Belski earned 500 total points
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Can you put a batch file in the user's startup folder:

regedit /s regfix.reg

It would run at login.  If that's not an option, you may have to delete the user's profile.  If you run the registry fix, the user should then pick up the default from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
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by:Dufo G. Belski
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For posterity, what fixed it, the batch file, or did you have to delete the profile?  
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The batch file fixed it as I logged with user with admin rights to pc and stuck the batch file in startup of required user.  Also added regedit command on next line so that could open up regedit as well.
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