I posted this a few years ago when I thought this was cool. After learning more about computers and "hacking", I realized how naive this instructable is.
Over the years I've noticed the comments are full of individuals headed in a very dangerous direction. Be curious. But be aware of your actions and their consequences to you and others.
I'm leaving it here more as a memory than a tutorial and I would like to reiterate the warning below. This is only information on a set of tools. Use them wisely.
DISCLAIMER: This instructable is meant simply to show you HOW to do this. This instructable is in no way meant to tell you that you SHOULD do it. Any trouble you get into is a result of your own stupidity not the fault of this instructable.
I'm sure anyone who has ever gone to school after the new millennium has been fed up with the restrictions placed on our education through computer security software. This instructable will show you how to bypass any OS based restrictions without leaving a trace.
The concept is simple: if the OS is a problem then write your own OS.
This may sound like a large and complicated task, and that is because it is. But it is a cool way to give yourself some on a secure computer.
-An OS that can fit on a floppy disk or CD/DVD drive (e.g. Slax MikeOS , etc.)
Option A - The Floppy Drive:
-Personal computer with a floppy drive (very uncommon now but the easiest storage medium to boot to)
-School computer system that have floppy drives on their computers
Option B - The CD Drive:
-PC with a CD/DVD drive with read write capabilities (much easier to find)
-Rewritable CD's or DVD's
-School computers with Read/Write CD/DVD drives (needs to be Read/Write capable if you want to save any data to the CD)
-Another instructable (unfortunately I haven't attempted to do this with a CD yet so I cant help you yet)
Optional Resouces (if you want to build your own OS):
-a working knowledge of assembly language
Step 1: Build & Burn the OS
1. get MikeOS and extract to [OS directory]
2. insert floppy but dont mount
3. burn floppy image to disk using the dd command (very useful command to learn see here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/learn-the-dd-command-362506/
code: dd if=[OS directory]/disk_images/mikeos.flp of=[floppy directory]
-Mike OS on Windows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MJUGVFAXKg (also useful if you intend to build your own OS)
-Slax on any computer: download the iso file and burn to disk or download the .tar.gz and follow installation instructions on the site
Step 2: Welcome to Freedom
Step 3: How to Prevent This
As a result I feel I should give a tip to all school IT men out there on how to prevent this:
1. Block booting to removable devices in the BIOS (easy to do but easy to circumvent)
2. Prevent users from restarting without a passcode (strict, some flaws, not recommended)
3. Search students for removable devices (super strict, invasion of privacy, NOT recommended)
4. Have a teacher near the students when their on the PC (easy, reliable, recommended )