YAU-PC: Lock your windows
by Alan Zisman
(c) 1999. First
published in Vancouver Computes,
Walter Co wondered:
I have seen some Win95 systems whose shut-down
option is disabled?
meaning nobody can shut it down from the start button. Can you please
some information on how to secure win95? What I meant by secure is that
nobody is allowed to delete, modify, cut, paste, etc. not unless he
a valid login name.
Is there such a tool/utility that does that? If so,
where can I download
or where can I read about it?
Alan Zisman answers:
W95 is inherently insecure... there are 3rd party
programs such as Symantec's
$100 For Your Eyes Only which improve on it.
A tool ships on the W95 CD-- POLEDIT, for editing user
is very powerful and potentially dangerous, and not well documented.
most information on it is scattered around the W95 Resource Kit (also
the W95 CD).
(One of the many options available via Poledit is to
disable the Shutdown
Jim Whitesell queried:
I've been told that I should re-install Win95
because my machine
has developed several annoying problems. The most serious is a
boot up process - it takes fifteen minutes! I've got no
idea what I've done to mess it up, but it ain't
My question is this - if I re-install Window
95 over my current
system, will I have to re-install all my software as well? If so,
I think I'll keep on going with what I have. I have so many
I've downloaded from the internet and deleted the installation packages
that I don't think I could come close to re-installing them again.
Alan Zisman replies:
If you reinstall W95 over your existing setup, you
should not need to
reinstall your applications.
However, it may also not solve your problem, because
it doesn't rewrite
all the changes made by you or your applications. (Have you checked
possible explanations-- CMOS BIOS for example?)
Try it this way, but be prepared that if the slow boot
disappear, you may need to go the next step-- to format the hard drive,
reinstall W95, and reinstall your data and all the applications you
use. Installing a lot of mystery applications from the Internet is a
way to mess up your configuration, as many overwrite system files with
older versions, and add junk to the System Registry that in some cases
remains even after uninstalling the program. A 15 minute bootup is
Smokey Wren pondered:
Where does the PATH come from under
Win98? (when I bring
up DOS prompt and enter PATH?).
Right now I'm running WordStar within OLX
(both old DOS programs)
under WIN98. When I run a DOS command PATH from within WordStar,
here's what I get:
My autoexec.bat includes
The case of the letters in the above PATHs
are actual, so I
conclude the PATH from autoexec.bat gets tacked onto the WIN98 PATH at
the end of the building of the PATH statement. But where do those
other 2 or 3 occurances of C:\WINDOWS come from?
Alan Zisman pontificates:
When W98 boots, it loads a number of config.sys and
that are stored within IO.SYS... this is the source of the extra path
Try an experiment:
Edit Autoexec.bat, deleting the directories currently
listed, and including
one other existing directory-- perhaps your WordStar directory.
Reboot... see what's reported as your path. It should
C:\Windows\Command, and the directory you added via Autoexec.bat.
(It works for me... my Autoexec.bat line reads:
SET PATH=C:\Util while the path contents reported at a
-- By the way, you can check the PATH statement at a
DOS prompt by typing
PATH, and check all environment settings, by typing SET.
Dick Melcher requested:
In Win 95, somehow I deleted a font or
whatever is needed
for the arrows in scroll bars and check mark boxes
All I have is a strange colored icon where the buttons should
Anyone know how to get the proper buttons back?
The font is called MARTLETT.TTF, and it's used for all
symbols. It's possible that you were trying to clean out little-used
and deleted that, wondering when you'd ever use a bunch of arrows
It is on your W9x CD, within one of the CAB files...
there is a command
line utility, EXTRACT.EXE in your C:\Windows\Command folder, that can
used to search all the compressed CAB files, and extract the file
EXTRACT /A D:\WIN95\WIN95_01.CAB MARTLETT.TTF
(The /A switch is needed so it will automatically
proceed down the chain
of CAB-files until it finds what it's looking for).