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  • Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

    Hi,

    I have secured work laptop (and trust me it is secure) configured with XP Pro upon which I cannot install anything or edit registry settings etc. In essence, given that it canít do wireless and wonít log in unless there is a hard network connection (no password caching) it is nothing but a portable terminal service client or, as I like to call it, an iBrick

    The problem is that it has something like a 10 minute power down setting and when it does all its encrypted VPNís go down the p[an leaving me no choice but to hard reset and go through all the painful logon procedures again. This means that I cannot walk away from the machine for more than 5 or 10 mins and am constantly running back to it to waggle the mouse and reset the counter.

    What I want to know is does anyone know any sneaky way to alter power down timeouts or an application that doesnít need to be installed (a complete self-contained executable) ... any help appreciated.

    Kyu
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  • #2
    Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

    Here's a hat tip to your IT dept.
    having said that you could just ask them to modify, without circumventing any secuity policy.

    or you could install an FP device
    Last edited by Lior_S; 19th September 2008, 16:28. Reason: oops
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    • #3
      Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

      Originally posted by Lior_S View Post
      having said that you could just ask them to modify, with circumventing any secuity policy.)
      You meant "without", right?
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      • #4
        Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

        Originally posted by Nonapeptide View Post
        You meant "without", right?
        yes.

        Corrected above.
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        • #5
          Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

          Originally posted by Lior_S View Post
          Here's a hat tip to your IT dept.
          having said that you could just ask them to modify, without circumventing any secuity policy.

          or you could install an FP device
          Thanks Lior ... whilst I can't do that I could potentially build something that does the same kind of thing

          Kyu
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          • #6
            Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

            I think something like this is what your looking for.

            http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/1106/

            setting 0 - Home/Office desktop will keep it on all the time but turn off the screen after 15 mins or so.
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            • #7
              Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

              uk_network: That's a link to info on a registry key. He can't edit registry keys.

              Kyu: Have you mentioned this problem to your IT staff?
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              • #8
                Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                oh sorry my bad didn't read it properly.
                Just a quick q: how do u prevent end users from editing the registry?
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                • #9
                  Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                  Originally posted by uk_network View Post
                  Just a quick q: how do u prevent end users from editing the registry?
                  I think there is a GP settingwhere you can prevent that... Also, when slipstreaming an op system to a CD, there is a setting where you can prevent the machine from being able to do it... (nLite)

                  (I could be wrong... I have done a lot of reading in the past month or so and don't always remember what I got from where!)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                    I think there is a reason why the machine is locked down.
                    Contact your IT department.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                      There is a group policy setting to disable access to regedit.exe. To remove it you can click on Start->Run and paste the following code in it and press OK.
                      Code:
                      REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
                      Last edited by lewispb; 30th September 2008, 17:29. Reason: Remove space in code

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                      • #12
                        Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                        Originally posted by lewispb View Post
                        There is a group policy setting to disable access to regedit.exe. To remove it you can click on Start->Run and paste the following code in it and press OK.
                        Code:
                        REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
                        Firstly, it has been established that the user cannot edit his own registry because of access restrictions so I don't think that snippet would work in this scenario. It would be rather funny if an admin disabled access to regedit but didn't disable access to the registry. Kinda like putting a locked door in an open field.

                        Nonetheless, have we all gone balmy and forgotten that this user, however innocent his goals may be, is still trying to circumvent the security policy of his company? Shall we let this thread fade into history or am I being a pedant?
                        Last edited by Nonapeptide; 30th September 2008, 18:43.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                          Well you never know exactly what access is restricted so that is always worth a try.

                          And hey, imagine it was yourself trying to use your laptop but couldn't. You'd be frustrated?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                            Originally posted by lewispb View Post
                            Well you never know exactly what access is restricted so that is always worth a try.
                            The original poster said that he couldn't edit the registry. Of course, I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from offering a suggestion. Yes, your suggestion had merit in and of itself, but it's a bit like telling a bank robber how to unjam his gun. Offering suggestions on fixing a firearm might be good in certain situations... but not in that one. (NOTE: I'm not comparing the original poster to a bank robber. It was just an analogy!)

                            Originally posted by lewispb View Post
                            And hey, imagine it was yourself trying to use your laptop but couldn't. You'd be frustrated?
                            Impossible. I'd be working in the IT department. Can you say "Uber Admin"?
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                            • #15
                              Re: Locked Down XP Power Down Woes

                              But is it the user's own laptop or is it a company supplied one. If the first then to use it, when away from his place of employment, log onto the local machine. If the laptop belong to the employer. (that's it, no more needs to be said)
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