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Can I install Steady State, then install a bunch of stuff to try, then revert back, then uninstall Steady State?

Kind of like a virtual machine undo. I don't want to do this in a VM because I want the full machine power.

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Just configure SteadyState to wipe all changes on reboot. Install desired software, muck around, break what you want. When you're done just reboot, uninstall SteadyState, and you're good as new.

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I would add that disk imaging would be neater and less hassle. It's a pain to commit changes and update Windows when using SteadyState. – paradroid Oct 17 '10 at 2:23
Except disk imaging takes quite a while. I'd go the virtualization route and take snapshots. – John T Oct 17 '10 at 2:35
As the OP wants 'full machine power', bootable VHDs would be a great solution, although this requires Win7/2008 R2, and in my experience it takes a bit of fiddling to manipulate drive letters to how I want. It is an very useful feature though, and I no longer dual-boot when it comes to Windows. – paradroid Oct 17 '10 at 5:46

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