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Discard changes at shutdown, sandbox type program

Experts,

I have the task of setting up 4 laptops that will be given out as loaner laptops to family members and patients at a facility for personal web/email use. These laptops will be on a completely separate physical network with just a cable or dsl connection to the internet. I would like to set them up in a way that will discard any changes the user may make to the laptop at shut down or log off.
How would I go about doing this without using a very restrictive GP?  Is there programs (paid or free) that would do this for me without user interaction? I am aware of the program called sandboxie, although I have not downloaded it to try yet I feel as if it may be too much user intervention required. Ideally I would like a method that would run as a service in the background that I can set and forget. If the user downloads a program or virus or changes something those changes would be lost at shut down.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks.
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cbossert
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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeverloperCommented:
One way is to use a virtual machine which loads when you boot.

But that would be a bit OTT maybe.
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dicconbCommented:
Microsoft offer a standalone application called Steadystate that offers just such a solution. You can configure disk protection, which discards all changes on shutdown.

In addition you can lock down various UI settings with a simple GUI
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KCTSCommented:
SteadyState is OK (and free), DeepFreeze is better but costs http://www.faronics.com/html/Deepfreeze.asp
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cbossertAuthor Commented:
Perfect this is just what I was looking for!! thank you
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dicconbCommented:
Thanks!
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