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My brothers school laptop

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Nate Silvers, 30 Sep 2009.

  1. Nate Silvers

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    I'm thinking of wiping it and putting Windows 7 on it (tiny 7). Hope the school don't mind he has a limited account. also how do I give him admin rights?
     
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  2. chrisxuk

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    IIRC Tiny7 is illegal.
     
  3. Nate Silvers

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    Not if you just use it for netbooks and change the product key for Windows 7. I don't know how to strip down windows 7 properly yet.
     
  4. Tr Insanity

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    I don't think any school would like one of their laptops being wiped and installed with a dubious OS , or any other OS. Also , the accounts are probably limited for a reason.

    I guess it depends on the agreement though.
     
  5. Nate Silvers

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    Yeah that's what I was thinking but well it's his laptop, the schools giving away EEE PC 904s. He pays £5 a month for it so it's basically his. All the other kids have changed to admin, Windows 7 would be more efficient on the EEEPC due to the new quick launch.
     
  6. Tr Insanity

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    Ahh ok , so once he's paid "X" amount of money he gets to keep his laptop ?


    Should be fine then :)

    Setting up an Admin account is easy once you've got a clean install.
     
  7. Nate Silvers

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    Ayye. So I would need to format the laptop? Do you know a way without formatting, it's really restricted can't even edit the system32 folder.
     
  8. Tr Insanity

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    Na , sorry , not with a limited account , there probably are ways of getting around it though :p
     
  9. LordSplodge

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    Boot from CD/DVD and nuke the hard drive then install Windows. Backup the data first and hope you have the program disks.

    I think it remains property of the School (or LEA) until fully paid for so you may not actually be allowed to do this.
     
  10. Nate Silvers

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    Yeah I might just leave it, but I wonder if they would even notice. Alot of schools are doing this now but what if some kid gets theirs stolen from them
     
  11. chrisxuk

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    My school gave each 6th form student the EEE 701's for free ;) Don't work most of the time though :D
     
  12. bledd

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    boot from usb with W7 on it, format
     
  13. Nate Silvers

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    I'm suprised my city can fund 1 at all. Why don't they work? I'm going to boot from USB like bledd said and install 7. If they complain they can put xp back on worth a try.
     
  14. Nate Silvers

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    Will it still work with the schools network? Will they have to set it up again
     
  15. chrisxuk

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    My school spent the money they 'd received to build a new school building towards the laptops. They don't work because people aren't familiar with the Xandros that comes with them and end up messing up the network settings so can't connect to the internet and also the technicians at school have changed the routers so many times we're always having problems :eek:
     
  16. Nate Silvers

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    Lol then the battery dies and the kids can't do no work.
     
  17. Nate Silvers

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    Man they even passworded the bios. Now how to remove a battery from a 904.
     
  18. Nate Silvers

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    I managed to get past the bios password and Windows passwords and now installing Windows 7 RC. Hope the school teachers don't get too mad.
     
  19. JonJ678

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    You deliberately bypassed bios and windows passwords to install software they don't want on the laptop. I hope they crucify you, this is a ridiculous thing to do.

    With an OS of suspect origins?
     
  20. Ultim8

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    lmao Nate no disrespect but what are you expecting them too say......you've probably earned your brother a suspension lol.

    And did you check before you wiped it if he had too profiles one for "This Computer" and another for a domain or network?

    And off topic to Jon thanks for the info the other night i have 12 x Noctua P12's on the way for monday which should suit my rads and mcube fine :)