I need to secure my PC against someone formatting it
My father wants to take my computer to his office (which I bought so thats technically stealing) but my computer only has a session password. The problem is that my father doesn't care about my data, so if he can't bypass/crack/whatever my password (which he obviously can't lol), he will format my PC. The problem is I want to secure it from formatting, but I don't know how. Googled a bit but I don't know which terms to use to find something useful. When he finds he cannot do anything to bypass my security, he will surely return it to me. Thanks in advance.
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Re: I need to secure my PC against someone formatting it
Try to place a password to the bios then set it to ask for the password on startup. That would block anyone from accessing your system aside from you. There are however some ways to still access your system and unless your dad knows how to then you will have system protection.
I also suggest talking to your dad about it. Anyway it is your computer and those are your data. What you could also offer is to create his own user account.
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The product key on your computer is for your operating system (Windows) not for Office.
The problem you are having is likely due to the fact that Dell ships all computers with a trial version of Office. When the trial expires users have a false sense of ownership and demand their key from Dell or try to steal one from the Internet.
First, make absolutely sure that you bought Office. It will be on you invoice and you will know you paid for it because it will have a cost associated with it. (Office is NEVER given away for free.) If this is the case you should have been sent an activation card with your computer that has your product key.
If you did not buy Office then buy it if you need it. Do not try to bootleg or steal it from the Internet. Modern software will register itself over the Internet and can uniquely identify you, your computer and your IP address. This is enough information to report you to the FBI and prosecute you.
A great free alternative to Microsoft Office is OpenOffice.org. It will open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. If you have a Hotmail account there are links to free online versions of Microsoft Office programs that you can use so long as you have an Internet connection.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
Dell installed a trial version of Office on your computer and trials do not have product keys. When your trial expires you have to BUY Office if you want Office. When you buy Office it will include a product key for the version of Office you purchased. When you enter the key on your computer it will enable that version's Office features. (E.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
You need to buy Microsoft Office. The key on YouTube is someone else's key and attempting to use it is a Federal crime. The process of ente
When you purchased the product did you get your information from the shelf, or did you look at the specific package you purchased. If you got your information from one place it is possiable that you picked up the wrong box. Is it on the box? Also when you insert it into the computer does it appear as a drive? If you you can reformat itand that may resolve your problem. It may have been pre formatted as a FAT, FAT32, or NTFS depending on the size, buut needs to be formated to use wiath a Mac.
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The only way to get it for free, is to steal it. You can download Open Office for free. It is 100% compatible with Office. I just renamed the icons to be similar to what Office uses, to reduce some confusion.
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I bought an Acer netbook last week, could get wireless connection but was unable to surf the web. I called customer support and they insisted that I would have to purchase technical support which would essentially cost another $200. I decided to take the computer(my fathers christmas gift) back to try another one because the additional $200 was over my budget. After I exchanged the laptop for another computer to only come to face with the same problem, I was assured that if I purchased the support that a technition would be able to resolve the matter. After over 3 hours they were unable to resolve the matter and told me that there was nothing further that they could do. I filed a claim for a refund on the technical support and was (VERY RUDELY I MIGHT ADD) denied. I'm really not sure which is worse, the customer support or the product. After my experiences not only would I not recommend purchase, I would strongly advise against it. I hope this review helps someone before they make the same mistakes that I did.