Acquiring Windows PCs

by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov

In our previous article, we talked about acquiring tablets running Windows 8 and 8.1. In this publication, we will talk about the acquisition of Windows computers – desktops and laptops. This class of devices has their own share of surprises when it comes to acquisition.

The obvious path of acquiring a Windows PC has always been “pull the plug, take the disk out, connect to an imaging device and collect evidence”. Sound familiar? Well, in today’s connected world things do not work quite like that.

In this article, we will have a look at measures the investigator has to take before taking the disk out, and even before pulling the plug, review Windows security measures and how they can work in combination with the computer’s hardware.

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