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Win 98 - Password & Other questions

by katiebug57 / May 3, 2006 4:23 AM PDT

My husband recently got a new job and inherited someone's old computer, Win 98. I know he has around 30 GB, but don't yet know how much RAM or processor.

I have several questions, as I am going to be downloading a bunch of software for him.

First: When the program starts, he can enter his user name & password, so he's an approved user. But, when he signs out, anyone else can access and use the computer. They have no IT person.
How do we permanently lock the entire computer so that no one else can use it? Does this mean the "guest" user is enabled? He's been having problems w/people coming in after hours and accessing porn sites... And no, for whatever doggone reason, he doesn't have a key to his office.

Second: I plan on downloading things like SpyBot, Ad-Aware, Ewido, etc. If he has a partition on the computer, will these programs show up on his side and the "regular" side (which no one is using)?

Please be aware that I know a little bit, but haven't worked with Win 98 for sometime. Detailed instructions are always nice! Thanks in advance


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Company machine???
by Bob__B / May 3, 2006 6:37 AM PDT

Tred light as it's not your machine to play with.

If hubby can get the ok then a bios password or put the power cord in his pocket when he leaves for the day will slow down most folks.

Ewido>w98?? hmmmm.

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when the PC boots...
by reefurbb / May 3, 2006 8:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Company machine???

you'll see at the bottom of the black/white printing "hit F2 (or del) to enter setup (bios)".
If you try this and you get a password prompt, then the PC is already partially secure for the Administrator and you won't be able to get into BIOS to reset this. There probably isn't any user password except in W98SE where it just determines the display profile and no ther security.
Yes, take the power cord, except they are readily a
Ask the boss about Company IT people for this PC that doesn't belong to him.

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Thanks . . .
by katiebug57 / May 3, 2006 1:30 PM PDT
In reply to: when the PC boots...

My husband had already had permission for me to add programs to his computer as they knew he had no antivirus protection, etc. Am giving them a list of what I've done... The company is very new and they don't have anyone who knows anything about computers other than minimally.

Will check the BIOS settings. Thanks.


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