[Web4lib] Windows 7 and Public Computers

Dave McLaughlin mclaughlind at hcplonline.info
Thu May 20 12:49:09 EDT 2010

Our techs downloaded the Ultimate Boot Disk for Windows, which includes a
program called XML Image. They create an image with XML Image, can put their
image on an external hard drive, then use the boot disk to copy that image
from the external hard drive onto whatever machine they want it on. I can
get more info from them if anyone's interested.


On 5/20/10 10:27 AM, "Derrick Tennant" <emrikol at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> 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)
> alternative.
> 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
> another.
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Derrick Tennant
> Linton Public Library/Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library
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Dave McLaughlin
Web Services Manager
Harford County Public Library
1221-A Brass Mill Road
Belcamp, MD 21017
410-273-5600 x2274
mclaughlind at hcplonline.info

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