WELCOME TO WINGUARD !!!
INTRODUCTION TO WINGUARD
WinGuard can protect a personal computer running Windows 3.1
from having any of its Program Manager groups or items
rearranged or damaged (accidentally or intentionally). These
protections would probably be the most useful to someone who is
in charge of a number of computers at a school or business,
though a parent might wish to prevent little fingers on a mouse
from dragging all of the Program Manager icons into a (not so)
nice "happy face"!
WinGuard provides for the automatic setting of any one of seven
different protection levels (actually, eight, including a "zero
protection" setting), as well as allowing the hiding of
"sensitive" programs, such as Windows Setup, Control Panel, or
File Manager, behind its password-protected shell. WinGuard
also allows the hiding of selected Program Manager groups and
Control Panel icons, restricting access to them to the
authorized user only.
Thus, it can be seen that WinGuard enables the authorized user
to configure the Program Manager interface to allow the guest
user easy access to selected applications, while minimizing the
chances of damage (accidental or intentional) to Windows and the
programs accessible through it.
NOTE: WinGuard requires the file VBRUN300.DLL to run. While
vbrun300.dll IS provided on the WinGuard program disk, it is NOT
routinely distributed with the compressed version of WinGuard
(winguard.zip) that is carried on bulletin board systems. If
you have obtained this shareware copy of WinGuard from an on-
line service, you also will need to have a copy of vbrun300.dll
installed in either the Windows directory or the Windows System
directory. If you do not have a copy of vbrun300.dll, you can
probably download one from the same BBS from which you obtained
winguard.zip. You may also obtain a copy of vbrun300.dll from
Cetus Software (P.O. Box 700, Carver, Mass. 02330) for a nominal
cost ($5.00, postpaid).
To install WinGuard, please run the WinGuard installation
program, install.exe (probably located on the same disk or in
the same directory as the file you are now reading).
To most easily run WinGuard's install.exe, you may double-click
on its icon in File Manager. You may also click on Program
Manager's File Menu, click on the Run command (in the File
Menu), type a:\install (or b:\install, or whatever the path to
install.exe is), and then hit Enter.
Once the installation program is running, follow along as it
detects the installation source location, the path to the
Windows directory (typically c:\windows), and the path to the
Windows System directory (typically c:\windows\system),
confirming (or correcting) each path. When install.exe asks if
you wish to create a WinGuard group in Program Manager
(strongly recommended), you should probably answer "Yes", as
that is the easiest way to become familiar with all of
You should read the full winguard.wri file (not copied to the
hard disk for security reasons), or at least the abbreviated
winguard.txt file, to find out about using WinGuard. You may
also start running winguard.exe and then (after entering the
correct password) explore its on-line help file (accessible
from WinGuard's Help menus, or by using the F1 key, or by
clicking with the right mouse button on any of the buttons in
WinGuard's Main Window).
UPGRADING TO VERSION 2
If you are upgrading to WinGuard Version 2, the installation
program will remove the previous WinGuard files before
installing the new ones. You should find that the previous
protection level setting is still in place, but not the
password; you will have to change the password from V.2's
default installation password of "shield" to one of your own
Please note that the V.1 icon you may have installed may need
to have its properties edited, in order to reflect the location
of V.2's .exe file (either the Windows directory on a networked
computer, or the Windows System directory on an individual PC).
Even if you are familiar with WinGuard's protection level
settings (which are the same as in V.1), you should at least
read the whatsnew.txt file, to find out a little about WinGuard
V.2's new features.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
If you have questions not answered by WinGuard's text files or
its on-line help file, please feel free to contact me (Frederick
Wasti) at Cetus Software (P.O. Box 700, Carver, MA 02330 USA, or
Internet e-mail address [email protected]
), and I'll try to help.
THANK-YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN WINGUARD !!!