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Windows 7: Undo changes on your computer


20 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Undo changes on your computer

In searching I found Microsoft SteadyState and it is discontinued program for Windows XP.
It is like a virtual environment where you can use your computer but after a reboot all changes are undone, deleted files are restored, in essence your computer is restored back to the previous state(before the virtual environment).

Does anyone know of any free similar program?
I would like it to replace the need to re-image every time I want to try something that could risk my computer.

Thanks!

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20 Nov 2011   #2

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Steady State

I also have been searching for an app like you are describing with no luck. The only thing I have found is with Acronis Home Backup there is a feature called "Try and Decide" which works great. It is a paid app. I can't reccomend the backup because it was full of bugs for me. They have a thirty day demo.
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20 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay it is good to know that I am not the only one that has been searching for an app like this.

But I have also tried the "Try and Decide" of Acronis by downloading a trial - I could not understand what it was doing, many files were created on my dekstop maybe buffer, so eventually I decided to just stop it and have not tried it again since.
But even if it does work, it is paid and I am looking for a free solution.

However, if you do understand how "Try and Decide" works I will be happy if you can explain it in a nutshell.
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20 Nov 2011   #4

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
How does it work?

You know I used it and never had a problem, not one. So I don't know what kind of problems it might present. I never had any traces of file before or after use.

The concept is it runs in memory and does not change your OS until you are through testing and commit to a save, in which case it writes the changes to your OS. If you choose discard it closes down and no changes are made. Worked slick for me.
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20 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh okay thanks for the explanation!

But still I must find a free solution, for now it is the only option.
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20 Nov 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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20 Nov 2011   #7

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Good Luck

I struck out looking for that kind of app.
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20 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It is not free...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
I struck out looking for that kind of app.
I know it is frustrating, but if I find a free program I will let you know
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20 Nov 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good things in live cost money. If you want to use the free route, you can try this: http://www.sandboxie.com/
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20 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's just that I can't spend money on a computer program now.

for the time being, a free solution is to be used.
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