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Need Software To Make Windows Not Save System Changes Upon Reboot / Reverts To Set Image

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Hello All -

I've run into this software before, but can't find it.  Basically, I'm looking for software that I can use on training computers which will revert the computer back to what it was before after reboot.

Example:  
1.  I want to first be able to have a Windows computer set up exactly the way I want.
2.  Users can come in, log on, make changes to system settings, install software - whatever -
3.  Once I reboot the machine, it's back to step 1 - reverting all the changes that they made

We run Windows XP mostly, but are slowly moving towards Windows 7.  I know that I can image the computers after each use, but I'm trying to make this all automatic and try to keep the reboot process for these workstations take about the same amount of time as a normal reboot.

Again, I've seen software like this before, but cannot find anything like it.  I'd prefer open source, but please let me know any ones that you know of.

Thank You!
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by:rockiroads
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u could try the script here
http://www.wisesoft.co.uk/scripts/vbscript_delete_local_profiles.aspx

or you could use delprof.exe from ms http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=901a9b95-6063-4462-8150-360394e98e1e&displaylang=en

or maybe enable delete cached copies of roaming profiles if you have roaming profiles setup
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by:RohitBagchi
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I would personally recommend from years of use DeepFreeze as sighar has linked above.

Its a wonderfully fast, unobtrusive, install and forget application that we use at some sites to "revert to default" at every system reboot. Once the system is setup the way its required, DeepFreeze will reset it to that state on every reboot no matter what changes are made by users.

Saves on Anitivurs licensing as well and no problems with user related corruption issues .

RB.
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by:sayed_maher
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Too add to what the experts have said, yes DeepFreeze is a very good software for freezing your computer to a certain time frame. Only problem with it is that if your trainees do any work on the computer, that too will be deleted after restart. The workaround for this is to split your hard disk into 2 partitions, ie: C & D ; and freeze C which would have all the system specific files on it, and NOT freeze D, that way the trainees can save any work they have done on D, while at the same time _NOT_ effecting the system in anyway.

Good luck.
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