Horizon DataSys is a provider of restore on reboot technologies, with our software being utilized in schools, libraries, hotels, airport kiosks, and several other public facing PC configurations. But that doesn’t make us the only one out there. In fact, if you’ve worked in this field, by now you’ve encountered a program called Deep Freeze by Faronics. It is by far the most popular restore on reboot program as it was first to market and does its intended function effectively.
We have nothing but admiration for what Faronics has been able to accomplish with their program. In fact, they inspired us to take the mantle and keep striving for perfection. Whether it was improving upon the boot-loop recovery time, enhancing the automated updates function, or make free our centralized management, we’ve continued to improve the restore on reboot market.
But that doesn’t mean we’re the only one out there with Deep Freeze alternatives on the market. Although we do offer several products (some for free) which do compete for space, we wanted to highlight a few select products we were impressed with recently as well. Without further ado, here are our top Deep Freeze alternatives.
Reboot Restore Rx is the best free Deep Freeze alternative. As the name suggests, the software will capture the state of the PC when it’s installed and restore to this state on every reboot. This completely undoes the actions of the previous user in a single reboot.
If the user had entered any personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers it would be removed by the time the next user took over, so long as a reboot took place. That last part is the only limitation to the program. If you need a few more options to ensure the restore has ran and not just forcing a reboot, then next I would recommend…
Reboot Restore Rx Professional is the defacto king of our restore on reboot technologies. It has everything the free Reboot Restore Rx has and more. A lot more.
Along with the restore on reboot option it can also trigger the restore from: user log off, idle time, or a set schedule (hourly, daily, weekly).
Automating updates is easy. With the freeware you need to manually disable the restore by right-clicking on the tray icon and selecting it. This is not a problem with Professional. Open the program and go to System Baseline. In this menu you’ll see the option to run Windows updates and Other updates (antivirus, flash, java, etc.). You can finish this up by selecting a date/time for these updates to run. Click Apply. That’s it.
Finally, the professional edition comes with a free centralized management console named the RMC, or Remote Management Console. There is no additional charge for this feature. Put it on as many admin PCs as you’d like and run the program as if you were sitting in front of the end user PC.
RollBack Rx Home Edition is the best free instant time machine for your Windows workstation. It’s a comprehensive Windows System Restore solution that empowers users and IT administrators to easily restore their PCs to any previous state within seconds.
Unlike Deep Freeze which captures only one state, RollBack Rx Home can take up to 7 different snapshots of the system giving the user multiple restore points to choose from. This is great in situations which require the user to save some data, but still have the option to restore in seconds should a problem arise.