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Chapter 10. Understanding Your PC Operat... > Using Policy Editor and Enforcing Pa...

Using Policy Editor and Enforcing Password Security

You can restrict what users are allowed to do from the desktop and what they are allowed to configure using the Policy Editor (poledit). Also, system policies can be used to centrally configure network settings, such as the network client configuration options and the ability to install or configure File and Print Sharing services. Policies can be used to customize certain parts of the desktop, such as Network Neighborhood or the Programs folder.

As a consumer, you might be concerned about your children having access to certain programs and need to restrict what they can do on the computer. The Policy Editor does not come installed by default. You must install it by using Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. Under the Windows Setup tab, select Have Disk and install the Policy Editor located at \tools\reskit\netadmin\poledit on the Windows 98 CD-ROM. After you have installed the Policy Editor, select Start, Run and type poledit in the Run window to launch the Policy Editor. Then select File, Open Registry. You can then select Local Computer, as shown in Figure 10.14. This enables you to make settings for a standalone machine.


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