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Password protect W98?

Can you password protect windows 98 and prevent it from
opening without a password?

If so, how?

Thanks.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
only in a domain enviroment


Open your registry and go to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Network\Logon
Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called "MustBeValidated" and set it to equal "1" to require successful authentication.
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.
When the PC has rebooted if the user dosnt enter a correct password for the domain they will see this warning

“The Network could not validate your username. You cannot use windows unless your username, is validated by the network. Make sure you typed everything correctly or contact you administrator”

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cmdmanAuthor Commented:
How do I open the registry?
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
start >run >regedit

Make sure your authenticting to a domain or you will lock yourself out of the PC if that happens boot in safe mode to disable
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
If you are not on a domain, and you want to disable people from clicking on Cancel or using the Esc key to bypass a logon box, you might consider this registry hack:

Require Validation by Network for Windows Access (Windows 9x)
Category: Network

By default Windows 9x doesn't require a valid network username and password combination for a user to bypass the logon and gain access to the local machine. This functionality can be changed to require validation by the network before allowing access.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called "MustBeValidated" and set it to equal "1" to require successful authentication.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Settings:
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Network\Logon]
Value Name: MustBeValidated
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/130/
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_Commented:
Setting the BIOS password is the best way on a W98 machine, but you can check out the program below, and see if it helps:

( thanks to war1 )

On a stand alone PC, or one that isn't on a network with an NT server, you can now secure your computer from unauthorized users.

Click here to download mustbevalidated.zip

http://www.dougknox.com/security/mustbevalidated.zip

Save the ZIP file to your hard drive and open it.   Locate mustbevalidated.txt

Open this file in Notepad and print out the instructions.

I strongly recommend that you read through the instructions completely, before attempting this procedure.  It is best to be familiar with them.  It will also give you the chance to consult your computer's manual for any instructions you may need, in advance.

Follow the instructions exactly and you'll have about as secure a computer as you can get in Windows 98.



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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
If you are worried about someone looking at files you can with a shareware program make them COMPLETELY invisable.

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Hills/8839/if2000.html

GONZAL13(JOE)
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_Commented:
Thank you much.    : )
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gonzal13RetiredCommented:
coral47

I helped a contact at the Belarus Embassy in Washington by supplying him with this program. He was anxious about someone using his personal computer.

Hope that you will try it!

gonzal13(Joe)
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