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    Quote Originally Posted by Pashers View Post
    If they did want to break the computers intentionally they can still easily make themselves local administrators with the free software out there these days. But considering the amound of fuss you lot are giving I'll deffo talk to the manager lol.

    One issue we have also had is the office 2007 package. If the pupils are not local administrators, then it keeps wanting to install it each time they run word! Any fixes/ideas on fixing this? (I know this is off topic)
    Not easily, unless your workstations are set up with very lax security - for an easy way, they'd need a USB or CD boot into something like NTPasswd to reset one local admin accounts password, then get on and add themselves to that machine. It's not something that the majority of students would understand or be able to do - but the majority of students can easily accidentally break a PC by deleting system files if given the opportunity - ie you need a technically minded student to add just themselves, and they probably won't break anything (but one would question what they're up to if they're doing this) - but any normal user who wouldn't understand how to do this could still quite happily accidentally delete boot.ini, install spyware etc if they have local admin rights.

    The installer issue - you probably want to look into how you're setting up your default/mandatory profiles. If you have roaming profiles, it should run, but only the first time they use the package...

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    We do take away A LOT of privileges it's not like we allow them to browse the C drive, access the task manager, control panel, and so forth. The pupils are restricted via the Network's GP. Not even allowed to change passwords. It's not that unsecure lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pashers View Post
    We do take away A LOT of privileges it's not like we allow them to browse the C drive, access the task manager, control panel, and so forth. The pupils are restricted via the Network's GP. Not even allowed to change passwords. It's not that unsecure lol
    You mean you did do all of that, up until them all being added as local admins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pashers View Post
    We do take away A LOT of privileges it's not like we allow them to browse the C drive, access the task manager, control panel, and so forth. The pupils are restricted via the Network's GP. Not even allowed to change passwords. It's not that unsecure lol
    But if you give them admin rights, there are plenty of ways to get around that.

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    Yep as soon as a user has local admin rights watch as the toolbars / spyware / adware overrun your once nicely secure PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pashers View Post
    We do take away A LOT of privileges it's not like we allow them to browse the C drive, access the task manager, control panel, and so forth. The pupils are restricted via the Network's GP. Not even allowed to change passwords. It's not that unsecure lol
    They could easily unplug the network cable while logging on to get round that.

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