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Windows SteadyState

Please, Someone should make a Portable version of Windows SteadyState that we can use!


Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them.


Features Included with Windows SteadyState
Windows SteadyState includes the following features to help you manage your shared computers:

* Getting Started – Provides the initial steps to help you during your first time use of Windows SteadyState.
* Windows Disk Protection – Help protect the Windows partition, which contains the Windows operating system and other programs, from being modified without administrator approval. Windows Disk Protection helps protect the Windows operating system and all files on the computer from permanent change. Any changes made by shared users when they are logged on to the computer are removed when the computer is restarted. Windows SteadyState allows you to set Windows Disk Protection to remove all changes upon restart, to remove changes at a certain date and time, or to not remove changes at all.
* User Restrictions and Settings – The user restrictions and settings can help to enhance and simplify the user experience. Restrict user access to programs, settings, Start menu items, and options in Windows XP. You can also lock shared user accounts to prevent changes from being retained from one session to the next.
* User Account Manager – Create and delete user accounts. You can use Windows SteadyState to create user accounts on alternative drives that will retain user data and settings even when Windows Disk Protection is turned on. You can also import and export user settings from one computer to another—saving valuable time and resources.
* Computer Restrictions – Control security settings, privacy settings, and more, such as preventing users from creating and storing folders in drive C and from opening Microsoft Office documents from Internet Explorer®.



Tim Clark
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Last seen: 12 years 7 months ago
Joined: 2006-06-18 13:55
Just not going to happen

Just not going to happen on Soooo many levels Shock
I will allow someone else go into the details Sad


Things have got to get better, they can't get worse, or can they?

Last seen: 7 years 1 month ago
Joined: 2008-09-06 14:52

Why would you even want WSS as a portable app?

You need local admin rights, if you want to enable the file protection you will need to install the driver.

It's impossible.

Kevin Porter
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Last seen: 9 years 9 months ago
Joined: 2007-01-10 19:25
Can't be done.

To give you the simple and easiest answer, it just can't be done.

First of all, there are issues with administrative privileges that would be required for the PC that you're using SteadyState on. There are also all the problems with registering services and drivers, and there's also things that need to be added in the system registry. Not only that, but the purpose of a portable app is not just to have the app with you, but to also have the app's data with you. It would be immensely difficult to write a launcher to keep all the data from this application contained on the USB drive. There's also the small problem of SteadyState then likely being tied to a specific drive letter via registry entries.

And even if we could bypass all of these problems, there's always the lovely issue of the proprietary, closed license that Microsoft fixates on every piece of software coming out of Redmond. Which, in essence, means that would couldn't legally write a launcher for it.

I hope that answers your questions. Wish we could have better news for you, but that's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes... or some cheesy phrase like that. Smile

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

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