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By JOHN TORRO
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 24, 2000
System Policies may block log-on box removal
Q. I have not been able to get rid of the log-on box on Windows 95. I followed the steps in your Jan. 10 column until I got to the "Finally, click back on the Change Passwords tab, click the Change Windows Password button . . . " I can't find a Change Passwords tab. My Passwords Profile window only has one tab -- User Profiles. Am I missing a step?
A. A few other readers also had the same experience as you -- no Change Windows Password tab available. The only way this can happen is if System Policies are in effect on the PC. System Policies is not part of the normal installation options for Windows and needs to be explicitly installed after the initial installation of Windows itself. Even then, it takes specific actions to restrict access to the Change Windows Password tab. My guess is whoever sold you the computer set these options up or maybe cloned your system from another that had this in effect. This is how you can disable it:
Explorer's index file
Q. In my temporary Internet file, I have an index file that keeps growing and is more than 2.5 megabytes. I tried to delete the file but it will not let me, saying it's write protected. How can I delete the contents?
A. If you're talking about the index.dat file, this is used by Internet Explorer to store cache index information. Its size is controlled in part by the settings under the Internet Explorer menubar option of Tools, Internet Options, Temporary File Settings.
Straightening out Scheduler
Q. My Windows 98 Scheduler stopped functioning, with no icon and the program not working.
A. Select Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scheduled Tasks, and then Advanced, Start Using Scheduled Tasks.
If you have done this to no avail, try running the Registry Checker: Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information. Click Tools on the menu bar and select Registry Checker.
Finally, if that doesn't work, using the same System Information you used to run Registry Checker (or just Start, Run, type MSINFO32 and hit return), click Tools and select System File Checker. This will examine your system for damaged, missing or corrupt files.
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