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Windows 7: Alternative for Deep Freeze?


26 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Alternative for Deep Freeze?

hey guys

some of you might know the program "Deep Freeze", it's a program which allows you to keep your system "frozen" or "unfrozen". I searched on Google but couldn't find anything useful.

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Faronics Deep Freeze makes computer configurations indestructible and prevents against unwanted workstation changesóregardless of whether they are accidental or malicious. Deep Freeze is proven to reduce helpdesk support incidents and allows IT personnel to focus on more strategic IT needs.
(-) Reduce Support Costs

With its reboot to restore technology, Faronics Deep Freeze offers the strongest protection available and eliminates the need for IT professionals to reconfigure, re-image, or troubleshoot computers, reducing support incidents by up to 63%.
"Trinity Valley Community College has four campuses with nearly 550 lab computers, and every campus runs Faronics Deep Freeze on their lab computers. In fact, any of the computer labs that fall under our care must have Faronics Deep Freeze installed. Our computer technicians love it; it's the only way they can manage the labs in addition to the user computers. Deep Freeze seriously reduces the number of support calls we receive. The lab monitors have learned they can reboot and fix 99% of the issues. We absolutely love Deep Freeze and cannot imagine running our labs without it."
Source: Faronics Deep Freeze Windows Editions - ABSOLUTE System Integrity

is there a worthy alternative to Deep Freeze, because I am in need of something similar without having to reboot the system everytime I want to "unfreeze" or "freeze" the system.

thanks in advance

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26 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Here are a few alternative products I've found that have similar function and features:
I'll also include a couple of sites that offer a range of alternative options:
alternativeTo.net | Wikipedia

I would definitely recommend alternativeTo.net if you would like programs with similar functions. Also, RollbackRx is in my opinion (as well as a number of other users), very good.
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26 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

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26 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fANAT1C View Post
hey guys

some of you might know the program "Deep Freeze", it's a program which allows you to keep your system "frozen" or "unfrozen". I searched on Google but couldn't find anything useful.
Hi the best alternative to deep freeze (and even better program in my opinion) is Shadow Defender - the easiest PC/laptop security and privacy protection tool
Try it out and you won't be disappointed.

Shadow protect that has been posted by JaidynM is a backup application, not the one like deep freeze, where after reboot all changes are discarded.

Rollback is like windows built in system restore, with added options and functionality.
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26 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'll try the programs you suggested and will post my thought here. Thanks alot!

I'm using Deep Freeze at work, I need to take care of the helpdesk like answering the phone, reinstall Windows (using Acronis True Image) and was really in need of an alternative that doesn't require a reboot.

thanks again
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25 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Drive Vaccine for Windows 7

It has been a long time since a post has been made here - but I think that it is usefull to know that since Microsoft has gotten rid of its' Steady State; there are much better solutions available.

Clean Slate: Not much has changed. It does allow you to restore on log-off but at the expense of security. Any solution that works within the Windows environment can't actually help you if windows itself crashes. With Clean Slate, many users can easily boot into safe mode and then remove the cleanslate directory and the entire system is hosed.

Deep Freeze - It is a decent restore-on-reboot solution that is reliable 98% of the time. Its Achilles Heel is that it does not Protect the MBR (very first sector of the hard disk). Furthermore, its protection needs to be completely turned off in order to do any updates. Sometimes this process takes multiple reboots. During the updates, if anything goes wrong - there is no recourse to go back to your previous baseline. This is an important feature for me as I am in software testing.

Centurion Smart Shield - Similar in technology to deep freeze. It too has the issue of not being protected while performing windows and anti-virus updates.

Drive Vaccine - This is probably the best of the lot, that is designed for public PC's. It has a balance of features whereby users can restore on restart, log-off, end-of-day, week - basically any fixed schedule. Unlike Deep Freeze, Drive Vaccines protection is always on and always protects the Master Boot Record. This means that admins can easily back-out of any updates or any changes made to the system.

RollBack Rx - Basically Drive Vaccine on steroids. It has even more features and can do everything that all of the above can do. However, the cost is too expensive for most educational institutions to consider.

I hope that the information above helps anyone looking for alternatives to Steady State and Windows System Restore.
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26 Sep 2012   #7

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fANAT1C View Post

is there a worthy alternative to Deep Freeze, because I am in need of something similar without having to reboot the system everytime I want to "unfreeze" or "freeze" the system.

thanks in advance

I have used a virtualization software named Hopedot VOS. I think it is the exact alternative you are looking for. Using Hopedot VOS, you can create a safe virtual environment and you don't have to freeze the real system. You can manage the virtual system and the real system simultaneously. It's very convenient to use. I'm waiting Hopedot VOS 64 bits compatible version released in October.

Hopedot VOS: Create a virtual Windows system (tutorial) - YouTube
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27 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
RollBack Virtualization

I totally agree. Virtualization is the new "sex" word in the industry and everyone trying to protect public access PC's are going in this direction. The only thing for large organizations is that the cost of the infrastructure usually deters them from going this route. But I'm sure as the cost comes down Virtualization solutions will be the best solution for instantly recovering from PC disasters.

Horizon Datasys is one of the companies that have pro-actively gone in this direction. Rollback Rx is based on virtualization of snapshots. But they are coming out with Virtual Desktop app (as per thier forum). That virtualizes the PC on boot up. Everything seems as though you are working on the host PC, but in actuality you are in a virtual environment.
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19 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Just found Reboot Restore Rx and its freeware

It has been over 6 months since I made the above post. But I think that it is important to know that if anyone is still looking for an alternative to deep freeze and want something for free, I just found out that there is a product called Reboot Restore Rx available.

Essentially it is kind of like Windows SteadyState but works for Windows 7 and 8. Here is the link to the page:
http://www.horizondatasys.com/produc...x?ProductId=18

Hope this helps anyone that needs it.
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02 Jul 2013   #10

Win7 x64
 
 

Hi nickmarkov

Hope I'm not OT now?
Thanks for the link, I really would like to test drive it but the downloaded installation file is without an extension.
For whatever reason can you suggest what I should add, exe or zip?
It seems to be a very neat program going by the author.
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