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8.1, need to temporairly cripple my own PC

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    8.1, need to temporairly cripple my own PC


    Ok, so I have a laptop, Asus, that runs 8.1 as its OS, I also have a PC I built which runs the same. Since I made my PC I use that and the Laptop kinda just sat there. Then I got a new roommate who didn't have a pc so I said he could use it sometimes.

    But now he is constantly on it, just plays games on it and is currently "in between jobs". I want him to get off of the laptop all the time and actually get a job. I want to cripple the computer so that he thinks he broke it or did something so I can simply say ill try to fix it, and just say its broken so I dont have to take it out of storage. Its old so I will tell him its no big deal its broken.

    In an attempt to cripple the laptop, I have already taken 1 of the RAM sticks out of the laptop (2, 4Gb) so its now only using 1 stick. This slowed it way down, but he persisted still. I then took the laptop keyboard off, unhooked the wires, and reattached it. My other roommate had a backup usb keyboard, so it didn't do anything to him really.

    Is there anything else I could install and hid somewhere that would eat up cpu and RAM secretly or something similar that I could remove myself once he is annoyed by it and lets me try to "fix" it?

    Edit: He is a big LOL, player, is there a way to have the laptop run some sort of batch file whenever he runs this that would hog up a huge amount of RAM and CPU?
    Last edited by Doom Eclipse; 18 Feb 2016 at 11:33.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    just pull the other memory stick..
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    If I pull out the other memory stick, will the laptop still be able to boot up to desktop, and just run very slowly, or will it not boot at all?

    I was reading somewhere else after reading what you said and I saw that some laptop will still boot up, while others wont. This is the exact laptop I got (not from newegg, but somewhere else, laptop is same though, just "upgraded" OS later).
    ASUS Laptop G Series G73JH-X1 Intel Core i7 720QM (1.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 500 GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - Newegg.com
    I would prefer if it booted up and just ran super bad than not boot at all, at least for now.
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    No memory, it will not boot.

    You could also remove the hard drive.
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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Not very often (if ever) do we get

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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    You could give him a non-admin account and put in a power on password. Change the power on password every time he cannot supply a detailed list of the places he applied for work that day. Maybe the game addiction will inspire him to go on some job interviews.
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