Microsoft Updated SteadyState 2.5 Beta Now Supports Windows Vista

Previously known as the "Shared Computer Toolkit" – this updated SteadyState now supports Windows Vista.  
SteadyState helps manage shared computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or at home.
    • 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 SteadyState allows you to set Windows Disk protection to remove all changes at a certain date and time or to not remove changes at all. If you choose to use Windows Disk Protection to remove changes, any changes made by shared users when they are logged on to the computer are removed when the computer is restarted.
    • 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. 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.
    • Schedule Software Updates – Update the shared computer with the latest software and security updates when it is convenient for you and the shared users.  
    • Windows SteadyState Handbook provide step-by-step instructions on how to install and set up SteadyState, create and customize user profiles, establish global computer settings and restrictions, and use other features and capabilities of SteadyState (such as Windows Disk Protection). For network administrators or administrators of multiple computers, more advanced technical information is included to help configure and administer SteadyState on multiple computers running Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista.
    • Windows SteadyState version 2.5 Beta Readme File provides late-breaking or other information that supplements the documentation for Windows SteadyState.
    • Windows SteadyState Website 

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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