View Full Version : Is it possible with Win98 to force authenticated login locally?

25-10-2004, 07:00 PM

Im just wanting to know if its at all possible to force users to type in a user/password to login to a PC locally.

Ive disabled Filesharing because I dont want it..... But want to force an authenticated login (So they cant simply hit Esc, or boot into Safe mode to sort it out).

Admittedly it wont be secure until I use drivecrypt, but I'll get to that later.....

Any ideas?



25-10-2004, 07:18 PM
Some BIOS have the function to set a boot password
But that only stops those that don't know the password from accessing the machine at all
Once past that you can set a screensaver password & have the screensaver start automatically when windows boots to desktop but that probably doesn't support multiple users.
I don't think you can do what you want without using a 3rd party app.

25-10-2004, 07:43 PM
Use policies to set that up - I forget how to do policies in Win98 exactly but you have to run poledit to do so.

25-10-2004, 09:00 PM
I've done this before, all it requires is a registry tweak.

I think there are two simple ways; one of them actually presents an error when 'Cancel' is pressed, the other lets them login but then automatically runs a registry entry that logs them out when Windows goes through the list of things to load on startup.

Check out Winguides' Registry section (http://www.winguides.com/registry/), that's where I found out how to do this. Here (http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/629/) is the particular tweak I used (the second method). I believe you could need a domain server to make the first method happen properly, if you get my drift.