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I am a Lecturer at a university and would like to know if there is an application that will allow me to lock a student's PC from my main PC? I've looked everywhere for something.

I would prefer it being freeware, but at this stage I don't mind paying for it as I am tired of student's playing games on their pc's while they are supposed to be working or listening to me.

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Please make absolutly sure, that this is an allowed action. In many countries it would be illegal to look at a pc. Otherwise there are a lot of classroom software. But - that should never be the task of a lecturer, but of university admins! –  Offler Jan 23 '13 at 10:51
No I understand your concern, but rest assured, we're fully allowed to even format pc's if a student installed anything on it that wasn't approved by the Lecturer. –  user192128 Jan 23 '13 at 10:55
@user192128 - You are allowed to format a student's personal computer or the university's computer that is loaned out to the student? Unless the software is already installed there isn't much you can do about it. Software suggestions are not on topic for this website. –  Ramhound Jan 23 '13 at 12:11
This is a management problem not a technical one. –  ChrisF Jan 23 '13 at 12:17

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I made two assumptions in this answer:

  • Lock and monitor are two different things. I assumed you mean lock to prevent them from fiddling with distracting programs during a lecture.
  • You did not specify which OS the laptops run. I am guessing windows. If they are Macs, run GNU/Linux or anything else then please tell us.

As for the answer:
( Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8800685/script-to-remote-lock-a-screen-under-windows-7 )

On the target computer run rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation.

If the computers are part of a domain then you should have the rights to do this. And (still assuming windows and many laptops) having the laptops in a domain is the only sane setup.

Once again: if this is not the case, tell us in the OP.

Also, please raise this issue with your local IT department. The proper way would be for them to solve it (and solve it for all lecturers in a very standardised way).

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