1.    17 May 2016 #1
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    Restore system back each time it boots?


    What was the tool that makes Windows restore system back to the clean state each time it boots? i would like to have it enabled for schools because studens keep messing up computers and i have to reinstall the computer via network.

    Many years ago, i were student at school and I remembered that Windows XP have restore system feature and tells you that you must save the files before shutdown. It is a build-in tool but I forgot what was the tool named.
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  2.    17 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Nashville, TN
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    There is no built-in tool that will restore your the system back to a clean state, but what you are referring to about the files being saved is called "roaming profiles". It stores the users profile on the server, and re-downloads it each time you log in, and when you log off it uploads it. This is not, however, the same thing as restoring the original state.

    You also might be thinking of Windows_SteadyState, which was discontinued in 2010. It wasn't "built-in", but it was a free download from Microsoft. Unfortunately, this is incompatible with any OS after Vista.

    There are any number of ways to do this, depending on your budget. For instance, you can use VMWare View to use the workstations as "dumb clients" and when the user logs on each time a brand new system is created for them.

    Another option is a tool like DeepFreeze or Reboot Restore Rx.
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  3.    17 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
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    Win 10 Pro x64

    Why not just create a clean image back up? If it's clean it will only take 10 to 15 mins to restore which is way way faster than reinstallation.
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  4.    18 May 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    There is no built-in tool that will restore your the system back to a clean state, but what you are referring to about the files being saved is called "roaming profiles". It stores the users profile on the server, and re-downloads it each time you log in, and when you log off it uploads it. This is not, however, the same thing as restoring the original state.

    You also might be thinking of Windows_SteadyState, which was discontinued in 2010. It wasn't "built-in", but it was a free download from Microsoft. Unfortunately, this is incompatible with any OS after Vista.

    There are any number of ways to do this, depending on your budget. For instance, you can use VMWare View to use the workstations as "dumb clients" and when the user logs on each time a brand new system is created for them.

    Another option is a tool like DeepFreeze or Reboot Restore Rx.
    Oh i was wrong. i will try those program

    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    Why not just create a clean image back up? If it's clean it will only take 10 to 15 mins to restore which is way way faster than reinstallation.
    The problem is each computers only have 1 disk but have 2 partitions. 1 hidden partition for one-click reinstallation and software deployment and 1 partition for Windows. I have USB but there is not enough space to create an image for each computer model. I don't know if those programs can save image into hidden partitions that users can't see
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  5.    18 May 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    I think you are thinking of sthg like this but it's obsolete:
    Windows SteadyState 2.5 Is Now Available!

    But I don't know of anything currently supporting Win 10.
    E.g. Rollback RX, Comodo Time Machine were solutions of this kind.
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  6.    18 May 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by evildog1 View Post
    I have USB but there is not enough space to create an image for each computer model. I don't know if those programs can save image into hidden partitions that users can't see
    Your institution should at least be able to provide you with a least 500GB of external USB hard drive as part of maintenance and backup plans for your computers. The program is free (Macrium Reflect or use the built-in imaging software of Windows). Image restoration is even faster than system reset by more than 10x.
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  7.    18 May 2016 #7
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    Reboot Restore Rx is free and is an alternative to Windows SteadyState (which I agree sounds like the service you're talking about). It does support Windows 10 to follow up on a previous point.
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