Win9x systems don’t
provide quite the same mechanisms for security that WinNT does. One difference
is the logon, which is required for WinNT but not necessarily for a Win9x
system. If your Win9x system is configured to show a logon prompt after boot up,
you can simply press the ESC key at the logon prompt in order to bypass it.
( NOTE: In a domain-based network, pressing the ESC key at login will get you to a Desktop but not into the network.)
As the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” says, don’t panic; you can create a more secure Win9x system. The first step is to make sure you require some sort of logon. If your computer does not log on to a network, you can set a Windows logon prompt. Click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel, and double-click the Network icon. Under the Configuration tab, click the Down-arrow under Primary Network Logon and select Windows Logon. Click OK, and you’ll be prompted to restart your computer.
Now there are two more options to help secure your computer. First, activate the use of Profiles on your PC and then install an optional program called Security Administrator, which lets a user create and use system policies, a more advanced security option.