Windows SteadyState 2.5 Is Now Available!
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: http://www.microsoft.com/sharedaccess 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 cafs, 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: http://www.microsoft.com/sharedaccess
June 19th, 2008 4:00pm
Hello, Bill! Does SteadyState v.2.5 support (or compatible with) ForeFront Client Security? Thanks! Andy
October 2nd, 2008 2:13pm
Support for Vista 64 bit?
October 3rd, 2008 4:41am
Hi,Yes, SteadyState v2.5 does support FCS.Thanks,Rob ElmerDevelopment LeadWindows SteadyState
October 5th, 2008 2:41am
Hi,SteadyState does not currently support 64-bit operating systems.Thanks,Rob ElmerDevelopment LeadWindows SteadyState
October 5th, 2008 2:42am
do u know when will be support x64 system?
December 8th, 2008 6:21am
Any development on a 64 bit version?
December 25th, 2008 12:11am
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.
February 5th, 2009 11:15am
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 jobthanks,Rick Rick
February 10th, 2009 3:41am
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.Brad
February 10th, 2009 2:53pm
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April 21st, 2009 9:02am
Is there a German Language Pack available?
May 20th, 2009 5:00am
is there a fix for the 64 bit on stead state yet
August 21st, 2009 4:37pm
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 Dbut when I include my template the user will be stored on C again. Is there any trick?thxStephan
September 25th, 2009 6:49am
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
October 16th, 2009 4:43am
Hi,Will SteadyState 2.5 runs on Win 7 or there will be a new version of SteadyState for Windows 7?thanks tic1745
October 18th, 2009 3:49pm
No. SteadyState currently does not run on Win7.
October 20th, 2009 5:20pm
Hi,Any idea when will SteadyState will run on Win 7? thanks.
October 21st, 2009 9:17am
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?
October 30th, 2009 3:08pm
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.
December 11th, 2009 9:27pm
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?
January 26th, 2010 12:00pm
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!
March 10th, 2010 10:31am
Sure wish it was supported for Win 7.
April 26th, 2010 10:39am
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.
June 3rd, 2010 6:35pm
Is Steadystate a dead product? no updates for 2 years.
June 9th, 2010 11:46am
When SteadyState supported Windows 7? Thank's.JOGA My Blog: http://jogacrack.wordpress.com
July 2nd, 2010 11:37am
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.
October 29th, 2010 8:27am
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.
November 11th, 2010 2:54pm
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 ..
December 23rd, 2010 3:51pm
"Windows SteadyState 2.5" is a very wonderful tool. However, an announcement called an end in download was seen at the end of last year, and it was shocked. Although it seems that download is possible, will a succeeding version still be offered from now on? --- firstname.lastname@example.org http://d.hatena.ne.jp/hanazukin/ IT http://tinyurl.com/itcal
January 30th, 2011 8:17pm
Steady Sate was something that added flexibility to deployments. Now it will be forgotten like MS Money, Encarta, One Care, Front Page................
February 8th, 2011 10:51am
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.melissa
April 2nd, 2011 4:14am
Have you checked out Wioski at www.wioski.com It is a free replacement for SteadyState and works on Windows 7 although only on the Enterprise and Ultimate versions. Sami
September 12th, 2011 2:13am