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is there any open source program available to restore the system back to origional configuration after reboot so that nothing is changed in computer like there is one program deep freeze available which does it but it is not free...please if some body knows any software competitor to deep freeze and open source.....thanks
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by:bbao
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which OS are you talking about?

if it is Windows XP or higher, i have no idea about the open source software doing backup and restore, but i do know Windows has already supported the same thing with built-in functions.
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i am using windows 7 environment,  its not simple backup and restore,i need the functionality which we achieve through deep freeze software ,like no matter you modify things on computer except some area defined it will go to original config after rebooting pc
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yes, W7 supports the exact same thing, by default, built-in. it is called System Restore. it is not traditional backup and restore for data. it is for system settings, program files and configurations only, and it restores system based on snapshots (restore points), not traditional backup data. see below details on MS site.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/system-restore
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i know about the system restore of windows, it is not very efficient and fails most of the time when i emphasize saying deep freeze software then you would have clear idea what i am looking for.....
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by:TobiasHolm
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Hi!

Check out CloneZilla: http://clonezilla.org

You can make a bootable hard drive or USB stick and put CZ on it. Then boot it on the Win7 computer and take a complete image of the installation to a file. Also works to save the image over the network to a network share.

Free software! I've used it alot.
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I haven't heard of any free types of "Deep Freeze" programs at this time.

About the best you can do, it to seriously lock down Permissions on the system. But that make it a pita to use.   : /
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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I know if no free alternatives to deep freeze. Here are some other paths:
1. Have an image that gets restored on reboot. This is going to be slower than deep freeze as the entire image would be restored. Software includes clonezilla, Acronis, paragon, ghost
2. Use something with snapshots. If you have any virtual infrastructure this is all built in. Same with most SAN setups. If it has to be local, you can use vmware player, virtualbox, etc... You could also run esxi (free) locally with a windows vm on a local drive and pass through a graphics card so you can work on the host machine. There is a performance hit however when you run the vm and host on the same box.
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i would try clonezilla and let you know about it...thanks
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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I'll assume there is room on the local hard drive for this:
Make a vhd in the root with the clean image. On reboot, mount the vhd, and rsync or something out to the main install. This should just do changed files and be pretty fast compared to restoring a complete image.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee872416.aspx
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i am using returnil free edition and its working fine for me,thanks for your help
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after waiting for so lonf for answer,i finally explored returnil ,its working good for us,i tried to implement the suggestions given by experts but none of them is working in our environment,,,,
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