how to block a windows device for any user

Douglas Bonilla 61 Reputation points

Hey guys, I'm looking for a solution similar to android and ios devices that can be locked remotely and can't be accessed, but this feature is not available for windows.

Is there any configuration I can make to achieve a similar result?

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  1. Jason Sandys 31,071 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    There is no direct way to accomplish this for a variety of reasons, mainly because on a technical level, it's just not the same as Android and iOS where the OS is more or less symbiotic and co-exists with the hardware.

    The closest you can get with Windows is to force a BitLocker PIN recovery and restart the device immediately after. If the user has or can obtain the recovery key though, then this won't have any effect. The path we recommend is two-fold: use BitLocker protection and wipe the device if it is lost, stolen, or compromised.

    What's the scenario here where you desire this functionality?

    Keep in mind that a thief or malicious user can just yank the hard drive so you won't be able to prevent theft. Also, in both cases, the person in possession of the device simply doesn't have to connect it to the Internet in which case, there's nothing additional that you can do.

    Some hardware vendors have deeper, hardware-based paths that may help. As noted, it all depends on what your scenario and goals are here as there is no direct parallel operation since the nature of the devices, OS, and hardware are very different.

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  1. Dillon Silzer 49,071 Reputation points

    Hi @Douglas Bonilla

    If I understand your question correctly, you are looking to block Windows personal devices. Please take a look at the following article:

    How to Block Personal Windows Devices Enrollment Enrollment restrictions Options


    If this is helpful please accept answer.

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  2. Douglas Bonilla 61 Reputation points

    no that is not my question, it is how I can block access to a device so that it can not be used

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  3. Bagitman 571 Reputation points