Best method for locking down a workstation for guest use

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What is the best method for locking down a workstation for guest use? I have been looking at Steady State from Microsoft. Is this easy to setup? Will it prevent the system from being damaged from viruses or spy-ware? Is there a better option?

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I looked into steady state for a public computer a while ago. MS only supports this for WindowsXP or Windows Vista, and we wanted Windows 7. In checking into some forums, there was annecdotal information for it working on 7 … if you want to try that.

MSDN also had <a href=”http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa446914.aspx”>an article </a>for making a WindowsCE-based kiosk, which might be another option.

I have not reverted a steady state machine to get rid of viruses, but I would expect it to be as effective as system restore (mixed benefit). On Win7, the limited user does a better job of keeping someone from installing anything on a machine than the previous 2 OSes. Coupled with a good security suite, we’ve been successful in avoiding problems.

There are linux kiosk distros, and you might consider installing a LiveCD to a hard drive or, if you have a CD/DVD drive with reasonable speed, run it from a read-only disk.

Whatever you do, have an image of the drive for quick reversion.

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