End of Support Announcement: Windows SteadyState
Article by George Norman
On 16 Sep 2010
Setting up your Windows XP or your Windows Vista just the way you like it could prove to take a bit of tinkering and a bit of work. So after spending a lot of time setting things up just the way you like them, you obviously do not want someone to mess them up for you – like your child, or someone else with access to your computer (like your spouse or a coworker).

That is where SteadyState comes in. The free tool offered by Redmond-based software giant Microsoft creates a cache file in which the operating system works. This way any harmful changes the user performs do not stick – they can be easily undone by emptying the cache. Basically you created a sort of virtual rubber room where users can do whatever they want and you do not have to worry about it because after a simple reboot everything is back to normal.


If you are just now finding out about Windows SteadyState, you can get the application straight from Microsoft here. You have until December 31st to get the application – after that date Microsoft will no longer be offering it. Why, you ask? Simply because Microsoft decided to pull support for Windows SteadyState. Here’s Microsoft’s announcement:

“Windows SteadyState will continue to be available for download through December 31, 2010. Support for Windows SteadyState will continue to be available through the Microsoft Knowledge Base portal through June 30, 2011.”

This means that you have until the end of the year to download and install the application. The application will be supported by Microsoft until June 30th next year. Once support ends, you can still use the application – but you will not receive updates for it, nor will Microsoft answer any of your questions should you encounter a problem with SteadyState.

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