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Not quite an open source topic, but I got some old PCs with Windows installed but some restrictive policies that I wanted to find a way to disable.

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What I Did

The policy editor is on the Windows 95 CD-Rom at \admin\apptools\poledit\poledit.exe. I started it, then opened the registry using File --> Open Registry, then selected Local User and Local Computer in turn to view and edit the properties of each. After rebooting, I had control of the system, including the ability to edit the registry using regedit.

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BTW, the things I read seemed to say that I as a local user would not be able to accomplish any of this. It seems that just by disconnecting from the network and inserting the Windows 95 CD-Rom (or a floppy containing poledit.exe), it is no problem.


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I learned everything I know about Win95 policies from Jen Hess wink and http://docs.rinet.ru:8083/Registratura/htm/toc.htm, starting at http://docs.rinet.ru:8083/Registratura/htm/ch28.htm.

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  • RandyKramer - 13 Mar 2002
  • Jen Hess - 13 Mar 2002
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