What Happened to Windows SteadyState?

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Rob Waggoner



Question from one of my Partners: My customer is looking for a way to ensure the state of their Windows 7 Kiosk machines are not inadvertently changed by a random user. What happened to Windows SteadyState?


A: Windows SteadyState was the way you accomplished that task in Windows XP and Windows Vista, but we retired Windows SteadyState because Windows 7 does not need that capability.  In Windows 7, Group Policies give you the ability to accomplish the same thing without the additional overhead of Windows SteadyState. The documentation on the Windows SteadyState retirement is here.

We also have the information on how to configure Windows 7 for the SteadyState type experience, here

We leverage Group Policy Settings in Windows 7 and have the Policy Settings documented here.

While I agree that the Windows SteadyState experience is configured differently in Windows 7, but this new way provides a lot more flexibility by giving you better (more granular) control over the OS while providing the same (if not better) type of protection.


Until next time,



Comments (7)

  1. Anon says:

    A simple tool with a  nice ui (wizard) would be nice….

  2. Anonymous says:

    "We leverage Group Policy Settings in Windows 7 and have the Policy Settings documented"  This is not a suitable replacement for SteadyState and does not provide for a replacement for disk protection feature at all.

  3. Kotawolf says:

    There is no way that Group Policy is a replacement for SteadyState.   Who ever thought it was needs to re-evaluate the software or learn what it did.

  4. darkflux says:

    nearly everything that SteadyState did (except for "freezing" the computer state) was a Registry setting. why not just take all the registry settings affected by SteadyState, and put them into a .REG file? then set them the way you want, and use THAT to configure PCs. here:


    any programmer worth his salt should be able to set a program up that will allow you to check and CHANGE those registry settings, but if they are a better programmer, they could even set up a Management Software, which checks and changes them automatically on each boot, before Windows even loads…

  5. Matt88 says:

    You can also use third party apps like Drive Vaccine that restore the PC on every restart.

  6. DislikeUmicroshaft says:

    What a lazy answer, GPO is a pain to setup and use. Might as well use Faronics products to do it, much less of a headache

  7. Melissa Megan says:

    It is very hard to change the settings with GPO. It is also tricky. Simple way is to use software like Faronics Deep Freeze. Easy to use and robust. Compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.  Here are some more features of it http://www.faronics.com/…/enterprise