Testing software that requires a reboot

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  1. pdr

    pdr Registered Member

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    Hello Returnil People:

    I would like to test out a software program, while under the System Safe in Returnil. If it is not good, I would like it to simply "disappear."

    I know that using the system safe, I can install it, and try it out. If I do not like it, I can simply reboot, and the program will disappear, along with any changes that it may have implemented on my computer.

    However, the program needs a reboot to be completed (like Returnil, in fact). But if I reboot, the program will no longer be present.

    How can I set up Returnil so that I can safely install my test program, reboot, try it out, then have it vanish?

    Thank you for your help.

    Peter
     
  2. pegr

    pegr Registered Member

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    Unfortunately, Returnil can't be used to test software that requires a reboot.

    One option would be to use a Virtual Machine for software testing. Another option would be to use imaging or rollback software to discard the changes made by a software installation after you have finished testing.

    Hopefully, in a future release of Returnil, the technical problems involved in enabling virtual sessions to persist across reboots will be solved.
     
  3. korben

    korben Registered Member

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    We all count on it
    For now - WMLite or Vbox
     
  4. pdr

    pdr Registered Member

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    Thank you pegr and korben.
    I guess that you mean VMLite...? They look very interesting. I'll check them out.

    Thanks,

    Peter
     
  5. Coldmoon

    Coldmoon Returnil Moderator

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    Hi pegr,
    Look for this in the 3.2 series with the new Multi-state restore feature. I don't have an exact date for when the Beta will begin, but it shouldn't be too much longer...

    Mike
     
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    Thanks Mike; that's good news. :thumb:
     
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