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  • Windows SteadyState 2.5 Is Now Available!

    We are pleased to announce the release of Windows SteadyState 2.5, available in 9 languages from the Microsoft Shared Access Site

    Providing solutions to help manage shared computers has been a consistent request from partners, end users around the world.  Microsoft has a very compelling solution with SteadyState enabling our shared access partners to protect shared access computers by cleaning the system with every restart, making them easier to manage and protect. It also restricts users from accessing system settings and data, preventing inadvertent or malicious damage, and thus, improving the up time of these PCs.

    Besides offering excellent desktop security, SteadyState is user-friendly and reliable, it reduces downtime, is easy to maintain, and is free of charge to genuine Windows XP and Windows Vista customers.

    SteadyState is a great solution for schools, libraries, families, internet cafés, telecenters, rural kiosks, and community centers, providing better computer access to underserved markets where non-technical managers are often responsible for shared computers.

    New features in SteadyState version 2.5 include the following:

           Full support for Windows Vista

           Full support for Internet Explorer 7 and tabbed browsing

           Overall improved performance

           Faster booting

           Faster system caching

           Remote management of Windows Disk Protection through scripting

           Improved importing & exporting  of user information


    To learn more, or download SteadyState 2.5 go to:




    Thursday, June 19, 2008 8:00 PM

All replies

  • Hello, Bill!

    Does SteadyState v.2.5 support (or compatible with) ForeFront Client Security?




    Thursday, October 2, 2008 6:13 PM
  • Support for Vista 64 bit?


    Friday, October 3, 2008 8:41 AM
  • Hi,

    Yes, SteadyState v2.5 does support FCS.

    Rob Elmer
    Development Lead
    Windows SteadyState

    Sunday, October 5, 2008 6:41 AM
  • Hi,

    SteadyState does not currently support 64-bit operating systems.

    Rob Elmer
    Development Lead
    Windows SteadyState

    Sunday, October 5, 2008 6:42 AM
  • do u know when will be support x64 system?
    Monday, December 8, 2008 11:21 AM
  • Is there anyway to prevent the sleep mode when SteadyState is installed on the computer and disk protect is on?


    Tuesday, December 9, 2008 12:51 PM
  • Any development on a 64 bit version?

    Thursday, December 25, 2008 5:11 AM
  • So when is the next version coming out?  It has been nearly 8 months since the previous release.  

    I am wary about implementing a piece of software that isn't being actively updated or supported.

    Thursday, February 5, 2009 4:15 PM
  • ok i see the Windows SteadyState is not available for Vista 64b
    and is there any software similar to this
    i like the way it works on my XP which i just recently learned
    and used it and it seems to do a good job

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 8:41 AM
  •  I hope there will be a x64 bit version out soon.   I know there are more companies shipping 64 bit than 32bit now, like I have bought all new systems that are 64bit only.
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:53 PM
  • Всеравно работает через ... пень.
    Строго ограниченный профиль. Правая кнопка мыши (ПКМ) запрещена везде.
    В обозревателе заходим в папку мои документы - мои рисунки - образцы рисунков ... режим диафильм. и пожалуйста вам работает ПКМ на рисунке.
    Собственно так же работает и в программе "просмотра изображений и факсов"
    а уже от туда выбираем открыть с помощью ... выбираем Paint ... который благополучно запускается, хотя егонет в "пуск" - "программы" ... и т.д.
    Найти это удалось за 10 минут, а что сделают с этим профессиональные программеры ?
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:02 PM
  • Is there a German Language Pack available?
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 9:00 AM
  • is there a fix for the 64 bit  on stead state yet
    Friday, August 21, 2009 8:37 PM
  • Hi,

    I am using SteadyState on a Terminal Server 2003 and so far its running fine, the only problem I have is creating the user.
    I created a template with my settings which also includes that the user is stored on drive D but when I include my template the user will be stored on C again. Is there any trick?

    Friday, September 25, 2009 10:49 AM
  • i wonder how you guys did it with "FASTER BOOTING" but i managed to get it from the OLD WSS using the wscsvc.dll in the registry "DependOnGroup" option.. anyway, there's something i would like to know. is it possible to save like game patch updates and anti virus updates with "REMOVE CHANGES" on? to save files, i moved the My Documents target folder to my backup drive.
    understanding man made machines from man-made machines
    Friday, October 16, 2009 8:43 AM
  • Hi,
    Will SteadyState 2.5 runs on Win 7 or there will be a new version of SteadyState for Windows 7?


    Sunday, October 18, 2009 7:49 PM
  • No. SteadyState currently does not run on Win7.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:20 PM
  • Hi,
    Any idea when will SteadyState will run on Win 7?
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:17 PM
  • Would you consider SteadyState an enterprise class product? We have about 5000 desktops we'd like to configure and manage from a central point. Can SteadyState do this?
    Friday, October 30, 2009 7:08 PM
  • Seriously, when is the 64-bit version coming out. We know it's not out yet, just looking for an idea. Will it be in the next release? Are you currently working on it? Is it a priority at all? Why or Why not? The first question at the very top of the FAQ on the SteadyState site is. Q: Can I install Windows SteadyState on a 64-bit computer? A: Windows SteadyState is designed to work on 32-bit computers only. If you get asked that so often that it has to be at the very top of the page, the first thing on the FAQ. Why don't you just do it already, there's obviously a demand for it. 32-Bit is almost extinct anyways.
    Saturday, December 12, 2009 2:27 AM
  • I find it interesting that everything else is getting an answer except the ones about 64-bit compatibility.  I, too, am buying a mess of computers, and they are shipping with 64-bit Windows.  So now in order to run SteadyState I have to reinstall a 32-bit OS?
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 5:00 PM
  • Please let us know when/if you are going to have Windows 7 support for Steady state. I going to hold off buying new PC's for our company until it is available for Windows 7. Hurry please!
    Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:31 PM
  • Sure wish it was supported for Win 7.
    Monday, April 26, 2010 2:39 PM
  • I have a major gripe about the instructions for SteadyState.  I have gone over the handbook and each and every time I read it, I come back with more questions than answers.  Very frustrating.  I have two major issues I would like to resolve. 

    The first is that when I imaged drive when SteadyState was installed, I could not open my Sophos anti-virus any longer with the admin account.  I kept getting message saying I was not part of Sophos Administrator group, which I was.  I even removed and re-added my user to the group, and it did nothing.  Uninstalling did not let me in either.  What a nightmare!  What good is it to install something if I cannot do something as simple as opening an installed program to check settings or quarantine? 

    Second major issue is the whole ambiguosly confusing explanation of User accounts in the handbook.  What a crock!  If I set up the computer, add the users and setup each profile before installing SteadyState, then install SteadyState, there should be no User restrictions except what I say after the install.  For instance, I only tell SteadyState to not allow users to save to C:\ drive.  That should mean any user, non-admin, should not be able to save to the drive.  Period.  When reading the handbook, it goes on and on about shared users, shared accounts, blah blah blah.  Do I have to go into SteadyState and change User accounts no matter what?  If so, that seems like a real nightmare to setup over and over.  Does that mean with that simple protection setting of no saving to drive, I need to also go and create User accounts in SteadyState as well so I can do something as simple as having the desktop wallpaper from the original setup show up for the user?  Will the screen saver settings stay the same, or do I have to go into SteadyState and change that as well in User settings?  Which, of course, will create a whole new profile for the user, which is NOT what everyone really wants.  Can't we just install SteadyState and say no saving to drive and leave the disk protection, etc. off and be done with it?  It sure does not seem like it.  Maybe we are just idiots here, but it is no help whatsoever for me to read this handbook again.  Since one cannot talk to someone for free, not sure what else to do.  We used this software before for 66 computers in one of our labs, and after installation, we wanted to simplify the setup as much as possible due to continual issues with users not being able to do this and that even though they were supposed to have "permission" to do so.  No internet on these machines, just wanted to prevent users from saving to drive to prevent drive filling up and to allow the drivers we installed on admin account to work when non-admin user plugged in USB equipment into port. 

    Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:35 PM
  • Is Steadystate a dead product? no updates for 2 years.
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:46 PM
  • When SteadyState supported Windows 7?


    JOGA My Blog:
    Friday, July 2, 2010 3:37 PM
  • questions questions and no answers.

    I'm looking at using this product but I'm thinking twice about it.

    Curious as to the lack of replies to all these questions, especially from moderators.

    My concerns, like many others, are:

    1. Win 7 not supported and no idea if it will be??

    2. No enterprise support. How difficult is it to integrate into a SCCM task sequence?

    Is it worth the effort configuring and deploying to 150 PCs, or should I just use good old fashioned GPOs?

    Great concept (and free), but I'd love to know the road-map for SS.

    Friday, October 29, 2010 12:27 PM
  • DONT USE IT. The only roadmap is a dead end! Read what M$ itself has posted on their download page: ANNOUNCEMENT: Windows SteadyState will continue to be available for download through December 31, 2010. Support for Windows SteadyState will continue to be available through the Microsoft Knowledge Base portal through June 30, 2011.
    Thursday, November 11, 2010 7:54 PM
  • DONT USE IT. The only roadmap is a dead end! Read what M$ itself has posted on their download page: ANNOUNCEMENT: Windows SteadyState will continue to be available for download through December 31, 2010. Support for Windows SteadyState will continue to be available through the Microsoft Knowledge Base portal through June 30, 2011.

    Probably because they are going to be really pushing Windows 7 and they already said that security updates will be no longer for Windows XP ..



    Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:51 PM
  • hmmmm,,,, strange .... downloaded it just now .... :)
    Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:52 PM
  • Monday, January 31, 2011 1:17 AM

    Steady Sate was something that added flexibility to deployments. Now it will be forgotten like MS Money, Encarta, One Care, Front Page................

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011 3:51 PM
  • don't have windows 7. rinning on 32 and can't get it on my new comp. had it on my old one. now that i try and go back and it says it is phasing out there isn't a download for it. very upset. really like this with my teen getting on comp. need help if it's still avail. thanks.
    Saturday, April 2, 2011 8:14 AM
  • Have you checked out Wioski at

    It is a free replacement for SteadyState and works on Windows 7 although only on the Enterprise and Ultimate versions.


    Monday, September 12, 2011 6:13 AM
  • I know this thread is a Bit old now however I think i found something pretty neat for a free software, if anyone is still looking for an alternative to Steadystate & deep freeze and want something for free, I just found out that there is a product calledReboot Restore Rx available.

    Essentially it is kind of like Windows SteadyState but works for Windows 7 and 8. I downloaded it yesterday on one of my systems and so far works great. the best part is its FREE

    Here is the link to the page:

    Monday, March 25, 2013 4:37 AM
  • Windows Steadystate was one of the good system utility by Microsoft. But as they phased out it, we have started using Faronics Deep Freeze which works great from us. We are using it from longer time though it is not free. As it is concerned to our school's computer labs system security, why should we compromise for the price. We found it worth for price with the good tech support assistant. Rather than depending on free software for system security we would like to pay for a strong and robust software like deep freeze. Thanks Faronics for providing such good alternative for windows steadystate.  
    Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:17 PM
  • Hey Jack, this thread is For windows steady state and other are giving free alternatives for windows steady state, I dont think anyone wants to see a sales pitch to buy a software when its about freeware as for this conversation.  Deep Freeze is paid, Windows steady state is not please post in correct posts don't be a troll thanks.
    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:56 AM