Somebody Stole My Laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by marco, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. marco

    marco Guest

    Somebody stole my laptop and stupid me had autologon enabled. I KNOW the
    cops wont get it back so if I see it online, and I can if they don't mess
    with my settings, I can remote desktop to it. How can I completely screw
    the system either by de-activating windows or deleting boot files or what?
    Grrrrrrr! Hopefully if they are stupid enough to be thieves they'll be too
    stupid to understand how to protect themselves. (maybe not as stupid as me
    though) I just want to make his (or her) life a little difficult at least!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
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  2. marco

    PTravel Guest

    Go to a command prompt.

    format c: /q /u
    PTravel, Apr 9, 2007
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  3. marco

    MICHAEL Guest

    I know this doesn't help you now, but this situation is exactly what
    BitLocker was made for. It's a shame BitLocker is only included in
    the Ultimate and Enterprise versions. Of course, it wouldn't help you
    get it back, but it sure would make using the laptop very difficult for the
    thieves, and protect any sensitive info you may have on there.

    MICHAEL, Apr 9, 2007
  4. marco

    marco Guest

    Would this work when logged on? I thought of it but believed it wouldn't be
    possible from within Windows. Ha ha - as you can understand I'm rather
    reluctant to test it on my Desktop!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  5. marco

    marco Guest

    But maybe I could schedule it to run at boot time. How would I DO that. We
    don't have autoexec.bat anymore!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  6. You can try it on your present computer. You can't format the system
    partition when you are using the system partition.



    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User
    Richard Urban, Apr 9, 2007
  7. marco

    marco Guest

    Sorry about lots of posts - but I' MAD!!!

    How about del /F/S/Q c:\boot.ini
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  8. marco

    marco Guest

    Yeah - I guessed so. Ha - not that I don't trust you - especially with your
    credentials, but I'm still not going to try it!
    What would you suggest?
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  9. Why worry about it? Chances are you'll never see it again. Whoever
    stole your laptop didn't steal it for Windows. They stole it to SELL
    and couldn't care less what software was installed.
    Adam Albright, Apr 9, 2007
  10. Just for giggles, I did! The very last line of text is telling you that you
    can't do that.



    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User
    Richard Urban, Apr 9, 2007
  11. Thanks for reminding me how precious my Acer Ferrari 5000 is. Sorry.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Apr 9, 2007
  12. marco

    marco Guest

    True - but whoever buys it is just as much a thief!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  13. marco

    Jon Guest

    You could always leave it with you being able to log in. You could gather
    information that way about the thieves for the benefit of the police.
    Jon, Apr 9, 2007
  14. Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Apr 9, 2007
  15. marco

    marco Guest

    Well - a person is not safe in his own home these days - I wish I'd had it
    in bed with me!
    But I figure, if I get the chance, I can just - re-enable the logon
    screen - then what will he do? I trust Vista is secure enough that he'll
    have to re-format and re-install something to get in there! and even pirated
    copies of XP are a little more complicated these days. Hopefully he'll be
    running windows ME - that'll teach him a lesson!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  16. marco

    marco Guest

    Wow - they're the same people hanging around outside my house yesterday!!!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  17. marco

    marco Guest

    Hey I just thought - I still have the installation disk - If I get a new
    machine - I'm insured - and I activate my new installation no doubt by
    phone- what will happen to their installation?
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  18. There is hope. (-:

    You could create a task in Task Scheduler with the following:

    C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 001

    In the General Tab you would set it up to run whether the user is logged in
    or not, run with the highest privileges and hidden.

    In the Triggers Tab you would make the task run at startup and make sure the
    box is checked to make sure it is enabled.

    In the Actions Tab you would choose Start a program and place this in the
    program/script line:
    C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 001

    In the Conditions Tab you would remove all checks.

    In the Settings Tab, remove all checks.

    What this should do is run the script during startup. The computer would
    shutdown within one second. There would not be enough time for the average
    user to abort the shutdown. This will keep happening until someone with
    enough computer smarts solves as how to fix the problem.



    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User
    Richard Urban, Apr 9, 2007
  19. marco

    marco Guest

    Ha ha - I like it!
    I just don't want them to enjoy their ill gotten goods without a little

    Good idea Richard - Thank you!
    marco, Apr 9, 2007
  20. I put up some burglar bars this past weekend, so, I feel a little safe.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Apr 9, 2007
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