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Anonymous
August 15, 2005 10:04:02 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

Upon starting our PC, a window opens entitled "Entering Network Password for
Microsoft Networking". Said window has two boxes to be filled. The first box
is "User" which is filled as "default". The second box asks for "Password".
We can enter anything in box, or just leave it blank, and we can continue.
How can we get the first box off of "default" and the second box to function
correctly? As it is now, anyone could start up our computer, and access our
files! Thanks in advance for your help.
Anonymous
August 16, 2005 3:06:07 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

In article <36C44506-DBA7-4CB0-BC5F-1759A7F2AF9B@microsoft.com>, Rich
and Sue <Rich and Sue@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>Upon starting our PC, a window opens entitled "Entering Network Password for
>Microsoft Networking". Said window has two boxes to be filled. The first box
>is "User" which is filled as "default". The second box asks for "Password".
>We can enter anything in box, or just leave it blank, and we can continue.
>How can we get the first box off of "default" and the second box to function
>correctly? As it is now, anyone could start up our computer, and access our
>files! Thanks in advance for your help.

As you've discovered, Windows 98 wasn't designed for security. You
can log in with any user name, or with no user name. There's no
checking or validation.

The only sure way I know of to keep undesired users off a Windows 98
computer is to set up a BIOS password that has to be entered to boot
the computer.

Here are some ways to prevent users from bypassing the Windows 98
logon. However, it's not hard to get around them, and information on
how to do it is freely available on the web:

1. When the logon is canceled, Windows actually logs the user on as
the "default" user. You can configure the default user to be
immediately logged off, causing the logon prompt to return:

http://registry.winguides.com/display.php?629

2. Doug Knox has developed a procedure that requires a valid logon:

http://www.dougknox.com

Click "Security" and then click "Prevent Unauthorized Users from
accessing your computer". Be sure to follow the steps exactly as
documented. If you don't, you might be locked out of your computer,
with no way to complete the login and no way to cancel it.
--
Best Wishes,
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Windows Networking
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

Steve Winograd's Networking FAQ
http://www.bcmaven.com/networking/faq.htm
Anonymous
August 16, 2005 4:05:35 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

That password is not meant to secure the computer--it merely loads the
user's desktop and preferences. MVP Doug Knox has a security procedure on
his web site: http://www.dougknox.com
Click "Security" and then "Prevent Unauthorized Users from accessing your
computer." As an alternative, your BIOS may have password protection for
startup.


--
Regards


Ron Badour, MS MVP for W98
Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
Knowledge Base Info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo



"Rich and Sue" <Rich and Sue@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:36C44506-DBA7-4CB0-BC5F-1759A7F2AF9B@microsoft.com...
> Upon starting our PC, a window opens entitled "Entering Network Password
> for
> Microsoft Networking". Said window has two boxes to be filled. The first
> box
> is "User" which is filled as "default". The second box asks for
> "Password".
> We can enter anything in box, or just leave it blank, and we can continue.
> How can we get the first box off of "default" and the second box to
> function
> correctly? As it is now, anyone could start up our computer, and access
> our
> files! Thanks in advance for your help.
!