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How do I make a computer revert back to the original settings?

By Wayne G. ·
I want to donate some computers to a school. The computers will be used by many students with varying levels of skill. I want to have the ability to reboot the computers, have them discard all changes and revert back to the way they were setup.
Thanks for your input and help.

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first we need a couple of details

by .Martin. In reply to How do I make a computer ...

how old are the computers?
what brands are they?
are they desktops or laptops?

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by Wayne G. In reply to first we need a couple of ...

The units are desktops and vary in age and brands. However, they all are running Windows XP and have at least 500mb of memory. (Some of them have more memory and are capable of running Win7)

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Something like DeepFreeze may be what oyu are looking for

by OH Smeg In reply to How do I make a computer ...
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by Wayne G. In reply to Something like DeepFreeze ...

I went to the DeepFreeze site as you suggested. That may do what I want; except... the license has to be renewed each year. At that time, I may not be available to renew and I hate to put the expense on the students or the teacher. Sure looks like it would do the job though. Thanks for your help and interest. I appreciate everyone's response.

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Time verses $$$

by JRez In reply to How do I make a computer ...

Personally I would do a clean build on one machine and then take an image with Shadow Protect IT Edition, then image the other computers using the shadow protects HIR feature (Hardware Independent Recovery).

Otherwise clean builds on all, if you get a few OS installs running at the same time it should be quicker, depends on how many machines you have to do and how many of them are different hardware?

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do any

by ARandomPenguin In reply to How do I make a computer ...

or them have a system restore point? if so then thats the way to go but if that isnt the case new builds are always cleaner and you dont need to do then whole re-licencing every year.

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Wipe and Reinstall

by oldbaritone In reply to How do I make a computer ...

Your best bet for consistency is to start from a fresh installation. Either install a ghost image, or use the original factory CDs and reinstall to new-out-of-the-box condition.

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bring computer back to original settings

by bobedcar In reply to How do I make a computer ...

if its been many years of use you can get Wipedisk software which will clean several drives to total emptiness then go on ebay or amazon and purchase the restore disks for the model numbers of the computers. this will put the computers to right out of the box condition.

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have you tried Windows SteadyState?

by dean.h In reply to How do I make a computer ...

should work with XP and Vista, but not on 7.
http://windows-steadystate.en.softonic.com/

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XP Steady State

by willcomp In reply to How do I make a computer ...

Microsoft released shared computer tools and XP Steady State to do what you want and they are free. However, it appears the software is no longer available directly from MS. I did find Steady State available here: http://windows-steadystate.en.softonic.com/

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