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    Windows Recovery Option

    We have just bought some netbooks that have a built in recovery partition (Windows Recovery Environment ) which I can't seem to stop appearing as an option at boot time. The problem is that i've password protected the BIOS and Windows but a student can just start the recovery process at boot time a factory restore the netbook.
    I can't see a way to stop this in Windows startup options.

    Any idea how to stop this?
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    Have you had a look at Boot.ini or does it appear before/after the standard Windows loader choice screen?

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    I can't see anything in boot.ini

    Code:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=0
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

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    use dd or something similar to backup the partition and make a recovery disk, and then just remove the recovery partition?

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    use dd or something similar to backup the partition and make a recovery disk, and then just remove the recovery partition?
    I removed the partition on one unit and it doesn't boot at all now, this wasn't the partition that boot.ini referenced as far as I can tell. I'll take a look in a bit I'm doing about seven jobs at the moment.

    Thanks.

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    It must have some sort of Win PE boot loader as I can see a C:\boot folder (these are XP Home units).

    I bodged it in the end by altering the boot.ini file so it boots from partition 1 then deleting the recovery partition in disk management, when it reboots the Windows partition is 1 and it boots Windows. Now if they try to load the recovery environment it just fails.

    I'll look for a better solution another time.

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