Windows Thread, Permissions to re-install Windows in Technical; A 'what if' really?
Staff cannot install on laptops because it's prevented by the usual range of permissions. Should someone ...
20th May 2011, 04:21 PM #1
Permissions to re-install Windows
A 'what if' really?
Staff cannot install on laptops because it's prevented by the usual range of permissions. Should someone decide they want to keep a laptop and decides to try and re-install windows by booting from an installation CD, reformatting the hard-drive, does anything stop them?
Is there any other way of them completely reformatting the hard-drive?
20th May 2011, 04:23 PM #2
They could do it from either USB boot or from CD - easiest way around it is the block access to bios and disable booting from removeable devices/cds etc
other then that i don't think there is!
20th May 2011, 04:24 PM #3
Lock the bios, and set boot order to not include the CD drive or USB?
20th May 2011, 04:24 PM #4
They could "Upgrade" from within windows though
20th May 2011, 04:32 PM #5
if cmd is accessable they can use diskpart to format
20th May 2011, 04:40 PM #6
cmd is not accessible and they don't have admin rights or access to the C: drive.
I think it's very unlikely to happen at my school, it was just a thought I was pondering.... the idea that a member of staff under disciplinary could perhaps run a windows installation CD and reformat the HDD in an attempt to wipe evidence from a school laptop. They wouldn't even need to complete the installation
20th May 2011, 04:47 PM #7
There's only so much you can do, there's nothing stopping them whipping out the hard drive giving it a few sharp blows or just pretending the laptop has been stolen.
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
20th May 2011, 04:47 PM #8
stopping access to cd drives etc on boot should stop casual attempts to wipe the drive but obviously anyone desperate enough could swap the drive out with a new one or even put it in another pc and install/format from there
Ooops - beaten to it!
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