Freeware restores Windows XP operating system

Recall how I wrote about the Windows XP lockdown a couple of days back? Well the recovery solution for Windows XP users is now available.

Called Rollback XP, this software is a freeware that preserves and secures the settings of the XP operating system.

The neat thing about this software is that it will restore the contents of the hard drive and cache memory to any earlier time from a pre-OS subsystem. Other programs like Windows System Restore are not able to do so, so if you are unable to boot into Windows itself, the software would be futile.

About the software: The software creates a sub-OS that is pre-boot, giving users the ability to restore their PC to a desired system state in less than a minute, before booting to Windows. It uses sector-level mapping technology, or snapshots, on your hard drive to record exact copies of your system at a given point in time. ‘Snapshots’ are stored at the sector level and cannot be accessed through Windows manually.

A little bit of background about the events that preceded the release of this software: In April of this year, Microsoft stopped its support for the Windows XP operating system. Now, as you may remember, Windows XP is the oldest OS with a stable, large user base. It is still used in many commercial enterprises and public access kiosk systems.

With no more Windows updates, new threats will appear to take advantage of users. Since Windows XP was no longer going to be supported, users that were reluctant to switch to a newer operating systems were now looking at options to protect their PCs. This could also be a transition period for many organizations, whom are looking to protect their PCs until they are ready to deploy a new operating system.

Thus, Horizon Datasys decided to take advantage of this opportunity and lockdown Windows XP by developing Rollback XP. 

As you may recall, this company has had experience with another freeware in the past, Reboot Restore RX, namely a Microsoft SteadyState replacement  and alternative to deep freeze.

If you are interested, you can download it from their website here.