Looking at buying laptop, but has Symantec Enterprise installed...

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Is there anyway to bypass this and install windows? Would changing the hard drive get rid of it?

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  2. yg17 macrumors G5

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    If whoever owns the laptop can't give you the username or password to log in and uninstall it, then the laptop was stolen.
     
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    Perhaps the term 'smokin' hot' which I have heard used in another context, might be what is called for when describing this computer.
     
  5. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Also known as fallen off the back of a truck, or purchased with a five finger discount ;)
     
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    Yes, I have come across 'fallen off the back of a truck'......

    Now, - language is so fascinating - I had never heard of the expression 'a five finger discount'. Wonderful. And, thank you for it. You see, you can learn something new every day......
     
  7. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Possibly a off-lease laptop that was recycled.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Or stolen.

    Companies typically wipe off-lease laptops completely clean before sending them back, they do not want to risk any data being stolen. Even if it is encrypted and password protected.
     
  9. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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    If it's off-lease, then the company handling the resale of the machine should be able to solve the problem for you.
     
  10. iWombBanger, Aug 2, 2016
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    I'll give a helpful answer. Obtain a Windows disc and run diskpart from the recovery console. The Command is as follows:

    Diskpart {Press Enter} Select Disk 1 {Press Enter} Clean {Press Enter}. Will nuke all partitions and MBR.

    Edit: Yes, changing the HD would get rid of it also.
     

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