Windows Steady State like functionality for Windows 7

Windows Steady State was a solution for Windows XP that made it easy for an IT Pro to manage a kiosk type shared computer by resetting it back to a known state after a user logged of. Lots of people have asked for this capability in Windows 7 and Microsoft has just released a document to help you achieve the same type of functionality.

This document is intended primarily for IT pros who configure shared-computer access in business environments, but partners who support shared-computer access in schools, libraries, and Internet cafes will also find the information useful. The document set includes:

  • Creating a Steady State by Using Microsoft Technologies (this document), which describes the native Windows 7 features and free tools from Microsoft that you can use to create a steady state on computers running Windows 7.
  • Group Policy Settings for Creating a Steady State, which is a reference that describes Group Policy settings that you can use to configure computer and user settings and prevent users from changing those settings.
  • The SteadyState Reference worksheet (.xlsx file), which you can use to look up and filter settings that this document and the reference describe. For example, you can quickly find information about settings that are related to Start Menu restrictions.

Download the document from here

Comments (2)
  1. Márton Bacsó says:

    "Lots of people have asked for this capability in Windows 7 and Microsoft has just released a document"

    Instead of making a new version with 7 compatibility. Thank you for the tip by the way. At least I will have the chance to replicate SteadyState funcionality.

  2. Trey says:

    not just a documnet, a poorly written and technicaly dense document!

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