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    Microsoft "LOCK" application

    Does anyone remember or know of a Microsoft application that makes it impossible to trash a computer? I believe the software was used extensively by libraries to protect their "public" computers from being trashed.

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    The only way I can think of is to set up Limited Accounts. This will not allow user to make changes to the Windows System or Install/uninstall apps.
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    Microsoft used to have a product called Steady State, but it's no longer available or supported. It allowed the admin of the target machine to revert the machine back to a known good state under various circumstances, such as log off, reboot etc.

    This Wikipedia article has a discusion, but as I noted, it's discontinued.

    I assume that such machines now run a enterprise level virtual product such as VMware ESX that runs on bare metal to load a snapshot of the client OS at boot. Hardware locks would be necessary to secure the machine while in operation too.

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    Thank you gentlemen for helping an old man out. The product "steady state" is the one I had in mind. At one time I cared for computers in our small local library and remember looking at the application for our library.

    Thanks again
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    Microsoft has released three white papers on creating what they claim is an environment equivalent to steady state:
    Creating a Steady State by Using Microsoft Technologies http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...?ITPID=sprblog
    Group Policy Settings for Creating a Steady State http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...?ITPID=sprblog; and
    The Steady State Reference Spreadsheet http://www.microsoft.com/download/en....aspx?id=19990

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    Discontinued by Microsoft but still widely available

    A download link from cnet download.com;
    Windows SteadyState Version: 2.5 (6.35MB)

    Steady State not compatible with Windows 7.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2011-09-29 at 00:58.

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