Windows SteadyState - with Windows Disk Protection - for FREE !

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  1. PROROOTECT

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    Windows SteadyState , v. 2.5 , 6.5 Mo . FREE ! from Microsoft , for Windows XP and W. Vista . User - friendly configuration of restrictions ( to tick off ...) .
    Includes Windows Disk Protection , a utility that is similar to Centurion Guard or DeepFreeze . The Windows Disk Protection feature requires a minimum of 4 GB of free space on your system partition for the cache it uses to save temporary changes to the hard drive . By default , the cache will use 50 % of available disk space ...
    If disk protection is On when they install a new program , any problems the program causes won't become permanent . Even a complete uninstall of a faulty program is only a reboot away . And viruses , and malwares - outside !
    Look to Google : Introduction to Windows SteadyState (www.webjunction.org ) by Chris Peters .
    The pros and cons ...? Thanks , PROROOTECT
     
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    this sounds great and all but how effective is it? for example there exists malware that defeats virtualization software like this (see the robodog type).

    and unless i'm mistaken returnil does mostly the same thing without eating 4 gigs of your HD space.
     
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    Does it only virtualize one drive (if so, can you choose which one)? Does anyone know when the vista version comes out? Does it work with raids? I didn't see the answers to these questions in the link, any info would be appreciated.
     
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    I agree.

    Returnil in comparison is not only a safer alternative but the offer itself smells of strings attached. And not only RoboDog, but how can it hold up to other similar attacks.

    Returnil can use memory vitualization, does steady-state also make this claim?

    Deep Freeze/Power Shadow are proven performers.

    No answers to very valid questions leaves wide open doubts among other matters, plus i never once seen anything MS that didn't cause problems in one form or another fashion. Obviously they are trying to pit this app up against other much better AND SAFER (stable) proven programs.

    EASTER
     
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    lets not forget Shadow Defender another goodie.
     
  8. TerryWood

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    Hi All

    I don't see any detailed commentary in the links provided. Certainly not as is normal in Wilders.

    I would welcome some comments indeed comparisons with Shadowdefender Returnil etc.

    Or are we all assuming that anything Microsoft is bad news?

    Terry
     
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    I will not say microsoft is bad but Returnil,shadow Defender and the like has proven its security worthyness.Beside the fact I need no more microsoftware, windows is enough for me.;)
     
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    Pros:
    -free
    -changes can survive reboot but later discarded

    Cons:
    -needs cache file, which can't be relocated, at least in the older version 2.0 that I tested
    -may affect your bootup time in the reboot after protection is turned off
     
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    I like it.

    User friendly with yes-no options.

    Logging on to user account is very slow though.

    At least it won't suddenly be discontinued/bought over/becomes free to paid like the other softwares.

    edit: seems one of my security software, not steadystate is slowing down my logon.
     
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    If u use it as only ISR, not as users control, disabling a service( ? for shared users) makes boot up real fast.One user posted this tip in the past and it worked so amazingly in my experience.
     
  13. Osaban

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    I liked it when I tried it for a while. The only reason I didn't keep it was that transition times between reboots were far too long (3- 6 minutes from memory, depending on the type of reboot) compared to applications like Returnil and DeepFreeze. It has a very important feature of retaining changes across reboots, for people who are testing programs.
     
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    Should have been named UnsteadyState :rolleyes:

    In my case-a complete disaster and needed an image restore .

    Checked it to see if it could handle software testing.

    It claims to either delete changes after restart,save changes temporarily or permanently-all brilliant ideas.

    Has that clunky MS feel about it

    Boot/startup time was about 5 times slower,also shutdown seemed to slow down

    Hope my experience isnt typical
     
  15. Peter2150

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    I took a look at it, but to me it had the feel of using a bull dozer to dig a 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot hole.

    Shadowdefender/Returnil do the job much lighter and if I really need to reboot during an install then either an image/rollback or vm machine work fine.
     
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