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I'm not sure how many people do this, but when I worked at my university, we purchased a site license to Deep Freeze, which essentially allows a computer's state to be saved and restored to it's original state every reboot of the computer. I'm looking to find something similar to this for a friend's computer.

Basically, she has kids that install alot of demos, games, and such on the computer, and cruft and spyware gets accumulated over time (Windows XP computer btw). Is there some tool that would allow her state to be restored to a previous one like I am used to with VMWare or this Deep Freeze tool? I would like to save the time of going through a Windows XP format/reinstall every few months, forcing her to have to install her own software as well (like Office 2003, Firefox, AVG, etc.)

I don't think she'd be happy to have her computer's state restored every reboot, but I would like something that would allow me to restore the computer to some defined state, most likely right after I've got it all configured and set up after a fresh reinstall of Windows XP.

It just seems so much nicer to work in a VM when this stuff happens...


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There is a forum that explain the differences between the reboot and restore type products you can take a look at: and also

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