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Any way to lock "advanced startup options"?

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    Any way to lock "advanced startup options"?


    My Dell Latitude 10 tablet runs Windows 8. I have created a standard user account and want to forbid the user from accessing the "advanced startup options", which he might use to go to safe mode and reset my tablet. How can I do it? Thanks.

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    You might be able to do that in the Group Policy Editor.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    I think you won't be able to stop access to Advanced Startup for one user, because one way to get there is from the Login screen itself, before you've actually logged in as any user (whether Administrator or Standard).

    (You right click on the "power button" icon that's in the bottom-right corner of the login screen, and hold the Shift key down as you click on Restart.)

    Once in Advanced Startup, some options seem to require Administrator access, but when I tried it just now, I could get a long way into Reset before I chickened out (the screen where you choose whether you just want to wipe the Windows partition) without it asking me for a password.

    I certainly got further than Step 3 in this Tutorial, which is when I expected to be asked for an Admin-level password. (My PC has both Admin- and Standard-level accounts, all with passwords.)
    Reset Windows 8

    However I was doing this with a Windows Setup DVD in the CD drive; it may be different if the user is accessing files on the local PC's Recovery Partition instead and doesn't have access to a Setup DVD. But it's not hard to get hold of the images to make a Windows Setup DVD - for one thing the Windows 8.1 Preview currently has ISO versions which you can download freely, which I strongly suspect would have the capability to Reset your computer and lose your information.
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    Why do you associate with people you can't trust ?
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    Windows 8


    It's a long story

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    Why do you associate with people you can't trust ?
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    Windows 8


    Yeah, you can definitely reset your pc without providing a password, through advanced startup - troubleshoot - reset your pc. I have tried this before as a standard user.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    I think you won't be able to stop access to Advanced Startup for one user, because one way to get there is from the Login screen itself, before you've actually logged in as any user (whether Administrator or Standard).

    (You right click on the "power button" icon that's in the bottom-right corner of the login screen, and hold the Shift key down as you click on Restart.)

    Once in Advanced Startup, some options seem to require Administrator access, but when I tried it just now, I could get a long way into Reset before I chickened out (the screen where you choose whether you just want to wipe the Windows partition) without it asking me for a password.

    I certainly got further than Step 3 in this Tutorial, which is when I expected to be asked for an Admin-level password. (My PC has both Admin- and Standard-level accounts, all with passwords.)
    Reset Windows 8

    However I was doing this with a Windows Setup DVD in the CD drive; it may be different if the user is accessing files on the local PC's Recovery Partition instead and doesn't have access to a Setup DVD. But it's not hard to get hold of the images to make a Windows Setup DVD - for one thing the Windows 8.1 Preview currently has ISO versions which you can download freely, which I strongly suspect would have the capability to Reset your computer and lose your information.
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    Windows 8


    Is it something available only in Windows 8 pro? I typed gpedit.msc in "Run" and it said there is no such thing. My tablet runs windows 8 standard.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You might be able to do that in the Group Policy Editor.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by fhuge View Post
    Is it something available only in Windows 8 pro? I typed gpedit.msc in "Run" and it said there is no such thing. My tablet runs windows 8 standard.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You might be able to do that in the Group Policy Editor.
    I think this is correct - Group Policy editor is in Windows 8 Pro (and Enterprise) but not Windows 8 Standard.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Yes it looks like its only available with Pro or Enterprise, I have 8 Pro. Sorry.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Autologon as standard user - thus bypassing the logon screen? Netplwiz in start screen etc - give the standard user a password that is only known to the administrator.
    No that's flawed, you would have to also disable the restart option if you logged out or tried to switch user.
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