[Web4lib] Windows 7 and Public Computers

Thomas Edelblute TEdelblute at anaheim.net
Thu May 20 12:33:32 EDT 2010

If you have a domain controller, try mandatory roaming profiles.  That has worked well for us the past several years.

Thomas Edelblute
Anaheim Public Library

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From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org [mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of Derrick Tennant
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:27 AM
To: Web4lib at webjunction.org
Subject: [Web4lib] Windows 7 and Public Computers


Since we are all happy that Microsoft and Windows 7 have finally dropped
support for that raggedy SteadyState software that nobody liked, what is
everyone using in it's place?

We've been spoiled by not having to pay for DeepFreeze or any of it's
companions, so I'm wanting to try and stick with a free (as in beer)

I tried for days to get local mandatory profiles (Our public computers
aren't on a domain) working for me in 7, but I failed every time one way or

The only idea I've had so far is to zip up the c:\users\[public profile]
directory, with security and permissions, and to unzip it via login and
startup scripts.  In _my_ testing, this seems to have worked to stop most of
the changes, but not always everything.  I've got a few machines I just
installed for the public that I'm waiting to see how bad they get mangled
after a week or two.

Other than staying with XP/Vista, what is everyone else doing to secure
their Windows 7 public computers?


Derrick Tennant
Linton Public Library/Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library
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