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Windows SteadyState

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It needs an alternative for the new OS"

    February 27, 2014  |   By WilliDray

    Version: Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Pros

    Does a good job of restoring the system.
    Plenty of Features.

    Cons

    Sometimes gets conflicted with antivirus solutions.
    Not being developed anymore so it tends to be buggy on new operating systems.
    Takes time to setup and configure.

    Summary

    Windows SteadyState used to a must-have tool in your Windows OS. But with the latest operating system it has become obsolete. What we need is another free alternative to Windows SteadyState.

    After looking around in the Internet, I came across this new freeware- it is called Reboot Restore Rx. It does exactly what Windows SteadyState does and it is even free! I tested it on Windows 8 and it works like a charm. Quite satisfied with it.

    Here is a good discussion on it- http://community.horizondatasys.com/forum/reboot-restore-rx/1246-looking-for-an-alternative-for-deep-freeze-or-steadystate-preferably-free-or-cheaper

    Windows SteadyState- you will be missed.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It was good product by Microsoft"

    August 19, 2013  |   By memegan816

    Version: Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Pros

    - One the good restoring software
    - Easy to restore the by simple reboot
    - Simple to install and manage

    Cons

    - Not compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8
    - Not able to manage enterprise computer network

    Summary

    I was very happy with Windows SteadyState. It was working fine with Windows XP. But Microsoft has phased out it in 2010. So it is not compatible with latest version of Windows i.e. Windows 7 and 8. To restore the data, I need to change group policy setting for that which is very tricky. As a alternative to it, right now I'm using Faronics Deep Freeze which works exactly what we looking for. It also provide different advance features. I'm happy with it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Could not install. It was considered dangerous SW"

    March 27, 2012  |   By jose_luis2006

    Version: Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Pros

    NoneNoneNo

    Cons

    My Antivirus SW did not allowed me to run it because it considered it contained a virus or something similar.

    Summary

    Not recommended. Not a good idea to keep it as an available download at CNET.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic-- exactly what we need"

    December 1, 2011  |   By VacavilleGordon

    Version: Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Pros

    Keeps computer somewhat 'fresh'
    Similar in philosophy to industrial operating systems, it can allow saving of your data without saving changes to the operating system.
    Highly configurable. As much or little protection as you want. Depending on how it is set up, it >can< speedup most boot-ups.

    Cons

    Very slightly inconvenient, in that you are presented with a dialog box upon shutdown or log-off asking if you want to save changes.
    And, it does take some time to set up.

    Summary

    1.)If you crashed your car, insurance would help you buy a new car. And hopefully you weren't injured in the crash. But what if you could crash your car, not be injured, and have your car back to 100% just by rebooting?
    That's what Steady-State is all about.
    2.)What slows your computer down the most, and usually just when you want to use it the most? OS updates, anti-virus updates, and various program and hardware updates can slow your machine to a crawl on boot-up, and all you wanted to do was check for movie times or directions, or to get email. WHY do you need daily updates? Oh, because your computer can get trashed by viruses. Well, if you run Steady-State you can set all updates to Manual and only run them occasionally, every few weeks or similar. Your computer now only has to boot the OS, without the update overhead, so it is faster out of the gate, not to mention faster from having a relatively pristine, uncorrupted OS.
    3.)Ask yourself why you NEED for your operating system files to be as volatile and changeable as it is. Your data- sure. You WANT to be able to save that paper you are writing, or the spreadsheet you programmed, database entries, or mp3's or videos. But, your OS? REALLY? By keeping your OS vulnerable, you will need to upgrade more often, which puts your $$$ into who's pockets? Anyone? Anyone? Buhler? (Which is probably why MS pulled SS off of their website, because it is too good, cuts future business.)
    I have used MS Shared Computer Toolkit and now Steady-State on five different computers. Yes, some time needs to be spent setting them up, but it's not hard. It IS do-able.
    Do a search for Steady-State and Windows 7 and you'll find that there are a HUGE number of very knowledgeable IT professionals who bemoan the loss of Steady-State, and say that is the #1 reason why they cannot upgrade their businesses to Win 7. So far, MS doesn't have an answer as to why they've not made Steady-State available for Win 7.
    If MS wants to rake in a huge amount of sales right now, despite this bad economy, make an SS version for the newer 64-bit OS's available. Make a version of Win 8 that has SS capability. Then and only then will you see IT professionals buying and upgrading again!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product. I'm not a Microsoft fan but ..."

    February 8, 2010  |   By tg3793

    Version: Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Pros

    Does just what it says.

    Cons

    Not good for gamers who require Flash

    Summary

    I use this for managing the computer at home but there is some preparation involved if you want it to work well (which is covered Microsoft's instructions BTW). You can either A) install it on a fresh clean windows installation before you create any additional user profiles or B) remove the other user profiles on your computer and defrag your HD.

    Windows Steady State does a wonderful job of locking down your system but it integrates so tightly in the operating system that Windows needs to be in a really good state before you install it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DONT DOWNLOAD UNLESS YOU WANT TO SCREW UR COMP"

    January 17, 2010  |   By shoupz23

    Version: Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Pros

    NOTHING I CANT GET IT TO WORK

    Cons

    EVERYTHING

    Summary

    IT GAVE MY COMP BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH AND I JUST REINSTALLED IT TODAY THIS WAS MY FIRST THING TO INSTALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Updated on Jan 17, 2010

    screw up i mean XD

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