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How do I setup a mandatory profile in Windows 7 on local machine on a workgroup

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I am setting up a business office in a hotel and need to setup the PCs so when the guest log off the machine, they machine default back there previous setup, without saving anything the user was doing.

Also would like it if they can't save anything to the C drive, just the desktop. Then what ever is saved to the desktop is wiped out when the guest logged out.

I thought mandatory profiles would do the trick. They will be Windows 7 professional PCs on a workgroup, no server.

Any thoughts or ideas.

Thanks
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One of the products that we use in a Internet Cafe that I set up is Deep Freeze by Faronics.  The computers can be loaded with malware and a simple reboot will restore them to original condition making it impossible to save anything anywhere on the computer or change any settings permanently.  


Even with full admin privileges, our users cannot permanently change the OS. We have used this software for at least the last 3 years with no problems.

http://www.faronics.com/en/Products/DeepFreeze/DeepFreezeCorporate.aspx
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csalaski >> Interesting software, had a look into it. can you tell me how it functions when it comes to updates and the likes? or is there a specific user account that you can use to change settings which will not be reverted on reboot?
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you could use the free micorosft steady state 2.5 (last time i looked) this gives many settings (similar to group policy)  including the option to go back to ground zero after every reboot
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You have to manually unfreeze by hitting a key combination then entering a password, and reboot unfrozen to update the OS. Then when you are done updating or installing new software, then you do the same procedure to refreeze the machine.  
However, because there is never any change to the machine, you should never need to update to protect the machine from malicious software.
I still prefer to update the machines monthly however, simply for the security updates that protect the user. But the machine is safe even if you never update.
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Forgot to add, with the enterprise version, this can all be done from the server.
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Csalaski,

Can this product be installed on each workstation? In my case, we don't have a server

Just curious, do you charge for use of a printer?
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Yes you can install on each workstation in installations without a central server.
Yes we charge per page for printing however, we do that manually since the printer is behind the counter. The room is small enough to be able to do that.
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