Re: password on opening

From: Kent W. England [MVP] (
Date: 12/20/03

Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 08:15:21 -0800

Ah, then consider setting a BIOS boot password. I expect you don't have
a motherboard manual, but if you can press the right key (DEL, F1, F10)
when you boot to enter the BIOS setup, look around and see if you can
set a password that must be entered before the computer is allowed to

DO NOT FORGET THIS PASSWORD. BIOS security is a lot harder to crack than
Windows security.

You might also try something like removing the mouse. Or, if you have a
wireless keyboard or wireless mouse, put them in a locked drawer.
Another simple idea is to place the computer in the family room or
kitchen nook where they cannot use it without being seen.

That reminds me of an old Monty Python skit "How not to be seen" that
spoofs BBC documentaries.

Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
<> wrote in
message news:10c601c3c70c$1b005f10$a301280a@phx.gbl...
> Hi Kent,
> Thanks for your reply.
> What I am trying to do is keep my grandchildren off the
> computer when they are being punished. I'm not concerned
> about the security aspect of it.
> Thanks again.
> Dave Metz
> >-----Original Message-----
> >Windows 98 cannot protect your files or computer access
> with a password.
> >The password only serves to setup a profile of
> preferences. Best to
> >think about getting a Windows XP computer.
> >
> >
> >"Dave Metz" <> wrote in
> >message news:04f001c3c452$97ef9890$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> >
> >> I would like to set up a password upon opening my
> computer.
> >> I didn't do this when I first got the computer.
> >> Can anyone tell me how to go about doing this?
> >> I"m working with windows 98 SE.
> >> Thank you in advance for your assistance.