Toolwiz TimeFreeze: Free system protection and restore software for Windows 8 | 7

You may remember Microsoft SteadyState, a useful tool that helped defend shared computers from unauthorized changes and restricted users from changing system settings or files. However, it supported 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista only and did not support Windows 7. If you are looking for a free Steady State replacement for Windows 7, you might want to check out Toolwiz Time Freeze, as free Windows SteadyState alternative.

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.

Time Freeze creates a virtual environment, as a copy of the real system and keeps the actual system in a constant state. You can now installsoftware, evaluate applications, surf the web, perform online activities and do anything you want to.  Once you restart your computer, your PC will be restored to state it was when you had actually started Time Freeze. In short, if you had installed any software, it will just disappear on restart!

Using TimeFreeze, you can prevent unwanted changes to your system and even prevent malicious software from making unwanted changes to your computer. If you wish, you can also password-protect the application.

TimeFreeze also includes a File Protection service, where you can prohibit any personal file or folder from being accessed, changed or even viewed. Ideal to protect files and folders that store your sensitive data.

Do note that this is not a permanent system protection tool. The protection does not start at boot, you have to ‘Start TimeFreeze’ manually every time you want it to protect your system. It runs a single process called TimeFreeze.exe and is pretty light utilizing around 10000K of memory. The cache size shows 4071 MB.

When you don’t want TimeFreeze protecting your PC, you can always choose to Stop TimeFreeze.

SteadyState alternative for Windows

In this way, the freeware helps to keep your system safe and always like new. It also  provides a higher-level of security to the computer, and greatly improves the efficiency of the virtual system.

I have installed TimeFreeze on my Windows 8 64-bit laptop, and it is working fine. Since I frequently install and uninstall software to test them out, I expect that I will be using TimeFreeze, often. Let’s hope that it lives up to its expectations!

Time Freeze free download

TimeFreeze from Toolwiz is free for home use, and I would strongly recommend you check it out.

WonderShare Time Freeze used to be free but now it is shareware. You can therefore check out this Toolwiz TimeFreeze freeware, and also check out Returnil System Safe a similar free tool. Here are some more free Sandboxing software that may interest you.

ToolWiz offers some other rather useful freeware tools like Toolwiz Pretty Photo, Toolwiz BSafe & ToolWiz BHORM too.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & 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.


  1. Daniel

    Is this software the same sort of thing as deepfreeze is?

  2. I have not tried DeepFreeze, but yes it does seem to be similar to it. I am using TimeFreeze currently, and must say its quite a useful program to have on your computer.

  3. japp

    Forgot I got a free copy of Wondershare Time Freeze 2.0. Perhaps it’s time to test it? 🙂

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  5. Jon Ezrin

    Let’s assume while I’m running TimeFreeze, Windows automatically installs system updates. If I reboot the computer those updates will be gone and need to be installed again?

  6. Yes, definitely – you will need to reinstall the updates.

  7. Jon Ezrin

    And that’s why I prefer a sandbox rather than a system-wide tool like TimeFreeze.

  8. Anonymous

    As of January 2nd, 2012 Toolwiz Time Freeze is freeware again.

    From the homepage of the product, (Current version v1.2.0.120):

    Note:Since V,Toolwiz Time Freeze is FREE FOREVER, for ANY USERS!


    V 02, 2012)

    Added float toolbar to show protection mode.
    Remove the free limitation. Now it is free for any users.

    Additionally Toolwiz Time Freeze now supports 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows up to and including Windows 8.

  9. Ventri

    I’ve tried out nearly everything of that kind starting with Acronis Try and Decide, deepfreeze, Wondershare and what not. Toolwiz so far is the lightest and fastest of all. No problems so far, used it intensively for nearly a month. Highly recommended, in contrast to Toolwizcare which is a bit buggy.

  10. Michell

    Some sites are now too bad, I installed this software, need not worry about computer viruses.

  11. Laura Lu

    It is so great overall.

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