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How to prevent Windows 8.1 booting from removable disc?

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    Windows 8

    How to prevent Windows 8.1 booting from removable disc?

    How do I ensure that nobody can slip in a Windows 7 or 8 disc and reinstall windows on my laptop? I have a BIOS password, but in the boot priority order it doesn't list my disc drive as an option.. Only "Windows Boot Manager"... So I'm unsure as to whether someone can just stick a disc in and reinstall windows.

    Reason being is that I had my laptop stolen two months ago. I had tracking software on it (Prey), but the theif never connected to the internet, which is required for the software to work. Which leads me to assume that they just formatted (my win 7) laptop and reinstalled windows straight away. So I'm learning from my mistakes, and wanting to do it right for my new laptop.


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    Even BIOS password can be bypassed easily, all it takes is BIOS reset. Except for autodestruct there's actually no way to proof it.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    keep it close ,and keep an eye one it at all times.
    as CountMike says ,not really much you can do .

    Harddrive are cheap ,all the thief has to do is pull your out and put in a new one ,install linux
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    Linux Mint 17.2

    If it is a Desktop, you can get locking covers for the various interfaces & to also lock the DVD/CD drive from being used. Same thing with laptops.
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