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simple way to make a W7 computer not boot, in a way that's easy to fix at a later time

I have client that has a field person using a company laptop.
It's W7 Pro and is a member of the domain, although it rarely, if ever connects to the company's lan. The user typically works offsite and connect to the internet via other means.

My client informed me that the user is leaving the company and would like to do something to prevent the user from deleting files/email on his computer before he quits.

I have a way to connect to remotely and they are asking me to contact him in regards to some maintenance being performed, then make it so that the laptop won't boot. At some point the laptop would be retrieved and I would make it bootable again.

If this were XP I'd just change the boot.ini file, or rename it. I'm not exactly sure how to make this happen and I want to be sure it works, and that I can fix it once i get the machine back. My guess is that there is a possiblilty that the user might be watching my efforts.

I'm not crazy about the subtrofuge, but I figure the machine/email and everything on it is company property and that they have some concern that something that is needed will be removed.

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Why not remove the machine from the domain and change the passwords? They can also disable his username in AD. It seems a lot of work really what you are planning.
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Hi Santasi,
Thanks for your response.
Any work i do with AD will not affect the computer until it actually is back on the lan. Until then he will be able to login with the cached account.
They want it to appear that something just went wrong during my efforts.
@bwierzbicki...If the account is disabled and the computer removed from AD then it is not possible for the user to gain access to resources.

Also the site rules might not allow us to give you info like this.

If the user has no knowledge of computers, there is an annoying way, you just run a loop reboot by putting it on the start-up
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Actually, it's probably best to ignore the bcdedit command.  Too many times Win7 StartUp Repair will correct this automatically.
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Now how should i award points. I appreciate everyone's comments, and footech pointed me to bcdedit, but I'd like to make it so that someone else researching see's the final solution.

Can someone give me a bit of advice on this?

then post the final solution
you can accept multiple helpful posts
I was pointed in the right direction with footech's post, but I wanted the exact explanation of what I actually did that worked to be part of the solution if someone else was researching.