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January 28, 2012 3:10:14 PM

I know what this sounds like. Before you ban or block or post some smartass remark, hear me out. I'm trying to get around an adminstrator password on my work computer so I can install a couple of useful apps. Before I joined the company, most of the computers were fairly open. About a year ago, they hired an empolyee who took advantage of this an installed personal liscense software on her work computer for work-related use. Obviously this is illegal and the employee was warned. The employee persisted and eventually the company locked the computers down so that you could not install without administrator privileges. This applied to old and new employees. I started about 2 months ago and was given a locked computer. Shortly thereafter the employee who caused the lock down policy left for another position. During this time I began experiencing issues with my computer and I needed an adminstrator to be around to help trouble shoot. This person explained why the computers were locked down when I expressed that it would waste less of his time if the computer wasn't locked. He then said, "Of course you know that there is a workaround right? You just need a windows boot disk. Then you don't need the password." This was the wink, wink, nudge, nudge way of saying as long as you don't do something stupid it's unofficially ok.
My question is, is this true, can I use a boot disk and not have to get an admin password to install a program? I'm not looking to install pirated software or software that I own a personal liscense for, I'm looking to install useful tools such as CPU-Z or something similar and to make enhancements such as increasing the page file size. If it's true, how do I go about it? Are there other ways to achieve the same ends? I know this is a boarderline issue but at the same time, the IT Admin guy suggested it.
Thanks for your help!

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January 28, 2012 3:23:48 PM

Here comes my "smartass remark"

This is work. You know, that horrible thing you do that gets you money? Don't F with their computers. I interned in my local cities IT dept for 6 months. Unless you truly want to be on their Sh!7 list, just stop whatever ideas you have. The last thing in this economy that you want to have happen is you end up killing your computer and they end up terminating the new guy. (which is you right now.)
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January 28, 2012 3:32:15 PM

how is cpu-z useful? just ask them to increase the page file size, any tech support worth their will just do it.
if you are on anything pre win7 (possibly vista), then you can find/reset passwords, but THIS IS A WORKS MACHINE, in your employement contract will be rules regarding the misuse of company machines. It won't matter if you've been winked at, (he could have been coming on to you), you'll be warned or sacked, especially as there have been previous transgressions by others in your company.
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January 28, 2012 3:48:58 PM

4745454b said:
Here comes my "smartass remark"

This is work. You know, that horrible thing you do that gets you money? Don't F with their computers. I interned in my local cities IT dept for 6 months. Unless you truly want to be on their Sh!7 list, just stop whatever ideas you have. The last thing in this economy that you want to have happen is you end up killing your computer and they end up terminating the new guy. (which is you right now.)


I was basically told by my IT guy (who is also the controller) that there was a way to do this and I was allowed to do it so long as I didn't install something illegal or maliciously attempt to take down the server. i do not have those intentions. I'm not trying to screw up their computers. I'm trying to use the tools available to me, that I've learned about through Tom's, to optimize the machine I spends 8-12 hours a day using without having to bother one or several people who have much more important things to do than walk down to my office and enter a password each time I want to make a change.
If you're not going to provide constructive help, don't trouble yourself by trying to scare me into submission. I have no moral qualms with my question and I am not worried about losing my job. I am asking for help from a community that is almost always a credible and reliable source of valuable information. If you do not wish to participate in my endevor, then by all means ignore this thread. But do not lecture me like some ignorant, spoiled child from your pedistal of an IT intern.
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January 28, 2012 4:00:02 PM

13thmonkey said:
how is cpu-z useful? just ask them to increase the page file size, any tech support worth their will just do it.
if you are on anything pre win7 (possibly vista), then you can find/reset passwords, but THIS IS A WORKS MACHINE, in your employement contract will be rules regarding the misuse of company machines. It won't matter if you've been winked at, (he could have been coming on to you), you'll be warned or sacked, especially as there have been previous transgressions by others in your company.


I find it useful as a monitoring tool. If something all of a sudden changes I have two things: one is a baseline of what the system should be like and the other is a snapshot of where the system is at that time.
The page file is at the bottom of the list of priorities for our IT department. We have one person on site that handles the easy day to day issues that come up as necessary who is also the controler for the company. So this persons time is better spent on other things. There is a small IT contractor who sends a person twice a week to handle other issues that come up and manage the servers. All of these people have many other things to do than increase the page file on one computer. It may get taken care of eventually but not any time soon.
This is a win 7 pro machine.
I don't think he was coming onto me, but then again he is single and in his late 30's/early 40's, so I guess it's possible. jk If anything comes of this it would likely be a warning. If that happens I will cease and desist at once.
Thanks.
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January 28, 2012 4:01:30 PM

OK, so use a boot disk and see if it works on installing the "critical" CPU-Z app. Then increase your page file. Then install something else you can't live without on your work computer. Eventually you can kiss your azz go0odbye!
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January 28, 2012 4:20:35 PM

Hi :) 

I am an employer... if you got around my admin password..you get sacked..end of...

Saying that It guy "hinted" you can get around it will get him sacked as well...

Dont do it...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 28, 2012 4:34:43 PM

If they wanted to give you those privileges they would not have locked your computer down. They could easily give you more privileges if they thought you needed them or wanted you to have them. The IT guy is not your boss and you don't need to do anything just because he says it's ok.
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January 28, 2012 4:37:24 PM

Of course you guys are right! How silly of me to even think about getting around a password. You have convinced me of the error of my ways. I have repented of my wrong doing and have seen the light.
Moderator: Please close this obviously useless thread.
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January 28, 2012 4:43:30 PM

This isn't just about right or wrong, if you NEED to do those things you can find them out yourself without help. You shouldn't ask for help for doing things that would in some cases be illegal based on where you work. If you ask your IT guy or boss to allow you install privileges and they give them to you wouldn't that be easier? If you have to go about it that way, no matter how you look at it or what your intentions are you look suspicious.
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January 28, 2012 6:51:20 PM

I'd have to agree with others Don't do it --- IF you really feel the need to have those programs have the IT guy install them for you -- that way if things hit the fan you have him to blame for doing it -- it's not worth the risk of losing your job for adding a few programs onto the work machine and figure the reason the IT guy told you there were ways around it instead of just adding them for you was probably that he knows you'll get fired for doing it and either doesn't want to chance getting caught doing it for you or wants to see you get yourself in trouble.
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January 28, 2012 7:14:10 PM

Why not just ask the boss? if you cant even discuss it with the boss or management... then the place isn't worth working for.
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September 18, 2012 9:04:39 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

I am an employer... if you got around my admin password..you get sacked..end of...

Saying that It guy "hinted" you can get around it will get him sacked as well...

Dont do it...

All the best Brett :) 


It would have been funnier if you were BlueFireAngel's employer.

I'm one of those lucky few who has admin rights on my work PC... and even with them I would *never* install something on it that I can't wholley justify as being necessary for the work I need to do.

Regardless of your self-perceived (or even actual) level of computer expertise, do not monkey with your work PC... after all, it really isn't "your" PC at all. :non: 
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September 18, 2012 9:11:16 PM

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