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.