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,