Is there a free way to set up a Windows XP machine to delete everything that
was added since power up? I’m getting tired of deleting the same old toolbars
and spyware. I cannot use limited users because they are not my computers.
Self-deleting should be invisible.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #20, I look at the issue of an XP machine with problem
users and the limited options for removing questionable downloads.
Self cleaning computer
Unfortunately, the answer appears to be no.
What’s unfortunate about it is that there was a wonderful piece of software that used to do exactly what you just described. It was called Microsoft Windows Steady State. It was meant for use in institutions like libraries; where what you’re describing is a very, very common problem.
Individuals would use a computer and they would abuse the computer. They would install God-knows-what on the computer and then leave for the next user to access whatever it is they left behind.
Windows Steady State would allow you to reset the machine to a known state after every use. Unfortunately, Microsoft killed it. I have a link to an article on that. I will include that in the transcript for those of you listening.
- It’s at http://go.ask-leo.com/sskilled
It is a link to an article in InfoWorld back in 2010, that basically points out what I just described: Windows Steady State was killed.
Unfortunately, also, Steady State required something you apparently don’t have: administrative access to the machine.
My recommendation remains that you use limited users or that you get to some scenario where you have better access to these machines to do it.
If these are not your computers, I don’t know of a solution.
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