Integrating Win95 and Samba

Louis Mandelstam lma at
Thu Oct 9 08:09:27 GMT 1997

On Thu, 9 Oct 1997 paquet at wrote:

> guessed it...this does not work at all ! Win95 just creates
> a extremely reduced entry into the registry base (not even a simple
> copy of HKEY_USERS/.Default) and ignores any profile (Be it on the
> server or on the local hard drive). Enven worse, this changes the
> setting of the Passwd Icon of the Control Panel, unchecking the box
> that enables custom dektops. The only satisfaction is that the values
> in import.reg appear in the registry base ;)

I wouldn't have expected it to work this way ;-)

One thing Microsoft seemed to get kind of right when designing the Win95
registry system, was to split the user-related and machine-related

All Netscape etc settings are in the user-related section, so you should
try only manipulating those, and quite possibly only relevant sections at

Use regedit to export the HKEY_CURRENT_USER section only, and try only
importing that later to retrieve the user-specific sections.

This probably is an over-simplification, but I think it should point you
in the right direction.

> logs in ? Several persons said they could do this. What is the use of
> the /R: modifier for regedit ? (when I use it, nothing seems to

I'm not using the /R switch for this at all.

In fact, I'm generally not using regedit to install each user's settings
for him/her when they login at all - Win95 profiles do that for me, and
Samba support this.

> happen). How to prevent Windows from writing a local user profile when
> it is already written on the server?

I have this working, and I'm quite pleased with it.

I just have the logon script add an appropriate entry in ProfileList which
points to the profile in the user's home directory.  See a post of mine to
the Samba-list earlier this week (yesterday I think) for a bit more

> How to make have Mr Gates doing understandable things ?

I have some ideas on this, but this is a public list and children may be
watching ;-)


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