Tip and Tricks: Putting your computer in Deep Freeze
No. This is not about putting your computer in the refrigerator. But we will show how to put your computer in deep freeze in this Tips and Tricks section that we are launching.
We did start this unofficially last month through the Uber hack but that was not something you would want to try out unless you want to get caught. However the following tip can be used by anyone who wants to lock their computers.
Basically, the term “Deep freeze” refers to a software used by system administrators who want to lock the computers in their inventory in a particular state. This method is popular in IT departments of schools, colleges and shared offices.
What this software does is record the computer’s state during set-up and reverts back the computer to the same state by deleting all the files and reversing any settings that were changed in the locked state. This is particularly useful if you download a file to the computer at work and it is gone later because someone else shut down the computer.
Note, only users who have some system administration experience should try this out. To download the deep freeze software, visit http://www.faronics.com/en-uk/downloads_en-uk/
Extract the file and copy the executable to a portable drive such as a pen drive. Plug the drive into the PC that has Deep Freeze and run the executable. The program will tell you the version of deep freeze installed on the target PC and select the version mentioned by the AntiDeepFreeze.
Enter the new password and now you are in control of the deep freeze computer. Press down the SHIFT Key and double click the Deep Freeze Icon or you can press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+F6 and a password prompt will ask you to enter your password.
Your PC is unlocked and all your files will be preserved. To lock it back just open the program and lock the thing back again. Now that you have the password even your system administrator cannot do much from accessing your files.