Windows 7 Remote Wipe with Intune


Q: (from Benjamin)

Do you know if InTune can remotely wipe a laptop running Windows 7 Pro? Also, can InTune require a password on a laptop running Windows 7 Pro?

 

A:

From the Microsoft Intune Overview (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn646960.aspx) I noticed that only Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are included. But when I followed the link to the full list of PC management capabilities (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn646975.aspx) and found:

 

Operating Systems:
You can install the Intune client on PCs that run the following operating systems (both x86 and x64):

  • Windows Vista – Business, Enterprise and Ultimate versions.
  • Windows 7 – Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate versions (with no service pack, or with SP1).
  • Windows 8 – Professional and Enterprise versions.
  • Windows 8.1 – Professional and Enterprise versions.

(why isn’t Windows 10 listed here?!?)

Apparently these operating systems don’t get equal treatment either. After doing another Bing search on “Intune remote wipe Windows 7”, I found detailed information on remote wipe that confirmed that a Full Wipe can only be performed on a Windows 10 machine, and Selective Wipe on a Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 machines: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj676679.aspx

Regarding passwords, poking around the Intune Technet site a little further, I found: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn646984.aspx which confirmed that Intune supports password configuration settings for Windows 8.1 (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt147409.aspx) and Windows 10 (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt404697.aspx)

So, I’m going to clarify my original findings and confirm that it appears that Microsoft Intune only supports full remote wipe and password controls on Windows 10 devices and a slightly smaller subset of capabilities on Windows 8.1 devices. That Windows 7 devices do not appear to be supported.

 

SDeming Face  Steve

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