Cost: FreeWindows System Restore, introduced in Windows Me, is a life saving feature that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc. to a previous state in the event of malfunctioning or failure. System Restore has helped me numerous time to recover my system due to corrupt files and faulty application programs.
Windows System Restore however suffers from one drawback – it cannot rollback changes made to user files such as documents, images and the like. This kind of ability is available only on Comodo Time Machine (CTM), a powerful system rollback utility.
I have turned off system restore at work. I might use this at home though. One downside I can see is that it requires a lot of disk space [around 10 Gb] but then it is storing the snapshots for the whole system [including the registry, critical operating system files and user created documents]
Link: Comodo Time Machine
I'm currently testing this as a replacement for Windows SteadyState, which for some reason, will not be supported on Windows 7.
i've used the free version on two of my machines at home. one thing (might just be me) is that when it came time to remove it, it asks what snapshot to restore to, i chose the latest one. it spent ages trying to remove, crashed, then killed my MBR on one. took ages, crashed then restored to my very first snapshot on a second PC. it's great while it works, but if you ever need to uninstall it might cause a problem
I have also tried the Comodo Time Machine. I don't have confidence in that product. It has a history of serious problems and they are well documented on the comodo forum. It's buggy and the development has been erratic. I suggest you image your test machine prior to installing comodo time machine just in case something bad happens.
Windows Thin PC + Enhanced Write Filter.
Another Thin PC feature that can help beleaguered system administrators manage their systems is the Enhanced Write Filter (EWF), a technology that can prevent permanent changes from being made to the OS by the end user. Windows Thin PC can, using a RAMdisk and unpartitioned space on the hard disk, store any write operations that the user makes to the drive. So, in essence, if you save a file to the desktop or install a program, it will be written to the EWF volume instead of the main Windows partition. Since records of these extra files are not stored on the main system partition, the user is presented with a clean OS upon rebooting. This keeps the machines easy-to-fix in the event of spyware or virus infection, with the added benefit of discouraging client-end computing and encouraging users to connect to the remote server to get anything done.
I've been using this, in one of my schools, for the past few months. It's worked brilliantly. I've had to restore a few pc's from a snapshot and it's been flawless. The option to be able to go into the console at start up is especially useful if the PC won't boot up.
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