What is a good alternative to DeepFreeze or Windows SteadyState for Windows 7?

neolex October 12, 2010
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My cousin runs an internet cafe with machines running Windows 7 Professional. We’re looking for free (possibly open source) alternatives to SteadyState for the machines in the cafe. Thanks.

  1. Fredoon Dadachanji
    June 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Returnil is a good alternative to Deep Freeze. Also a free version is available. http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.com/products

  2. Anonymous
    January 26, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Drive Vaccine is probably the better alternative to Windows Steady State. You can check it out at http://www.drivevaccine.com

  3. Orson
    November 3, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I believe PC Safeguard / Guest Mode was not released in the final version of Windows 7. Shame really.

  4. Aibek
    October 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I would like to point that Comodo Time Backup is NOT an alternative to DeepFreeze or Windows SteadyState. It's system state backup tool.

  5. Anonymous
    October 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hi
    Microsoft has decided that Guest Mode will replace Steady State. Unfortunately, Guest Mode doesn't have quite the same feature list, nor is it usable in an Active Directory environment.
    http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/what-is-windows-7-guest-mode-and-how-to-enable-it/

    Guest Mode was originally called PC Safeguard. Its features:

    -Prevents system setting changes. Any attempts to change the system while running under a safeguarded account are prevented.
    -Prevents the installation of applications and other software. Once you've enabled Guest Mode, it is impossible to install or permanently configure already installed software applications.
    -Prevents the user from writing to the disk outside of their user profile.
    -Data saved inside of the user profile is deleted when the user logs off.

    freeware
    Comodo Time Machine

    There are some sharewares
    Fortres Grand Clean Slate
    Centurion Technologies Smart Shield