Windows SteadyState alternatives for Windows 7/8/10

You may have read earlier that Microsoft has decided to discontinue downloads of the very useful Windows SteadyState after this year. While one can always achieve a Steady State in Windows 7 using Group Policy, native Windows 7 features, and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, there are some nice free software which can act as alternatives to Windows SteadyState.

Windows SteadyState alternatives

1] Toolwiz Time Freeze is a free restore software that allows you to start and terminate freezing of your system with a click. Let’s say you want to try out a new tweak or software. Simply access TimeFreeze from the notification area, right-click its icon and select Start TimeFreeze.

2] Returnil System Safe uses an advanced anti-malware and virtualization technology. It clones (copies) your operating system and creates a virtual environment for your PC. Instead of loading the native operating system, a clone is loaded that allows you to run your applications and perform your online activities in an entirely isolated environment.

In this manner, your actual operating system is never affected by viruses, Trojans, malware and other malicious threats. To return to the actual operating system environment, you just need to restart your PC. While working in the virtual environment, you have the option of saving documents and files so that your data will not be lost when the system is restarted.

Returnil System Safe for free is intended only for non-commercial, personal home use.

3] Reboot Restore Rx. It maintains the system according to its pre-defined baseline settings, so no matter whatever a user may do to the computer, whether he deletes system files, install or uninstalls software or even hacks into the registry, the computer is going to be back to its original state after reboot, for the next user. You can update the baseline of the software by simply disabling it once and then again enabling it. Reboot Restore Rx is a very simple-to-use freeware and requires minimal configuration.

4] Time Freeze Free. (Update: This software is no longer free) is an easy and effective virtual system freeware to keep your computer safe from viruses, spyware, Trojans and other malicious threats. It puts the actual system under protection and creates a virtual environment for the system partition, on which you run applications and surf the internet. All traces and malicious threats will disappear after reboot. You can also save changes to the actual system.

Windows SteadyState alternative


  • Prevent threats of any viruses, malware, spyware and Trojans
  • Eliminate cost for regular system maintenance
  • Surf internet safely, and play around with computer with NO trace left
  • Protect your privacy effectively
  • Reboot to restore your system to its original state.

Time Freeze is no longer free – so you may check out the others instead.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.