Disable ANY Wireless Connection

I received an answer to disable the wireless network card that is in the laptop.
How can I disable any wireless network card?  meaning if the built in card is disabled how can i prevent a user from using a USB wireless network card?
jplatovskyAsked:
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
The procedure will vary if you are doing this on a domain or on the local machine.

To answer you question as posted... on a laptop using Windows 7:

1. Click on Start
2. Type gpedit.msc
3. Under computer configuration go to Administrative templates-Network-Windows Connect Now and disable.

 
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
As per the description of this setting:

"...This policy setting allows the configuration of wireless settings using Window Connect Now (WCN). The WNC Registrar enables the discovery and configuration of devices over In-Band 802.11 WiFi, through the Windows Portable Device API (WPD) and via USB Flash Drives....If this policy setting is disabled, operations are disabled over all media...."

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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
If you are not needing to disable in a large scale, you can simply shut-down/disable the WLAN Autoconfig and WWAN Autoconfig services with an admin account.
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jplatovskyAuthor Commented:
This doesn't seem to be available in Windows 7
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jplatovskyAuthor Commented:
Follow-up: in Windows 7 Home Premium GP is not available.
Yet Microsoft claims you can edit the registry.  i got the registry locations from Microsoft and they not not exist!

Here are the registry locations:
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!EnableRegistrars
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!DisableUPnPRegistrar
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!DisableInBand802DOT11Registrar
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!DisableFlashConfigRegistrar
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!DisableWPDRegistrar
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!MaxWCNDeviceNumber
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars!HigherPrecedenceRegistrar
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
My bad.... when you were talking about "a user" and selected to post in the Windows 7 zone, I assumed that you were talking about, at the very least, of Windows 7 Pro.
Windows Home Premium is not designed to be a work machine or to be in an office network environment. GP is not available.
The only thing you can test is if making the user a standard user will prevent him from being able to install/configure a wireless card. I don't use the home version so I can't verify this for you.
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
The services i mentioned do exist on a Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate versions of Windows 7, not sure if Win7 Home has them.  Now realising you have Home version, you maybe able to use the local policy editor (GPEDIT) to make some changes to what is allowed.

Start, run, CMD and type GPEDIT.MSC

I'm the same as BitsBytesandMore, all my Win 7's at home or office are Pro.
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jplatovskyAuthor Commented:
I usually deal with work machines but my customer bought laptops at a "great price."

But getting back to this issue.  I want to make sure that the users do not use any wireless network and only use the local network.  Forces the user to use the firewall.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
jplatovsky,
For starters..... If you logon as a "Standard User" .... does it allow you to join another network?
Does Win7 Home Premium have gpedit.msc as I suggested above?
 
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EnriquePhoenixCommented:
I would disable it in the BIOS and for extra protection put a password in the BIOS so users cannot change it.
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
that would work, if there is a setting for shutting the Wi-Fi card off there -- I too have a admin pwd for BIOS and also a power-on pwd for extra protection.

you need to make the customer aware, his 'great price' is not being able to use these in a domain environment (without purchasing some Windows Anytime Pro license upgrades).  These would purely workgroup only (or Homegroup for Win 7 systems).
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
jplatovsky ....
This utility will allow you to have more controll over your USB ports:
http://www.intelliadmin.com/index.php/usb-disabler-pro-screen-shots/
 Let me know if you like it.
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