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.


Windows XP Freeware recovery solution

Rollback XP is a freeware instant system restore software for Windows XP that has come out of beta testing. According to its makers, Horizon Datasys, it will be released as early as next week.

This comes after the recent Windows XP LockdownThis has caused a series of responses from the IT and computer industries – many are in a dilemma of whether to upgrade to newer operating systems or sticking with XP and suffering the consequences of no longer receiving support from Microsoft.

The Windows XP end of life issue may cause harm to their systems and the software that they use. Certain organizations still use legacy software, or software that does not work for newer OS. There is now a great need for third party assistance in protecting Windows XP, and Horizon DataSys’s RollBack XP aims to do just that.

This freeware will allow users to stay on their current OS.  It is the premier alternative in the field of Windows XP Support, and is a huge benefit to the approximately 1-billion users currently running Windows XP. Previous freeware software such as Reboot Restore RX was very successful as a SteadyState alternative. RollBack XP hopes to assist users by providing free and accessible restore software where there is no longer support present.

Many XP machines are also being used in net cafes and public-access environments. XP works great for kiosks, so it’s important to have a kiosk computer recovery solution to match. Rollback XP would be a preferred recovery solution for these users, who cannot afford to upgrade all of their machines.  Therefore, having a kiosk computer recovery solution is important for XP users, many who use them in public access environment such as cafes and kiosks.

But, how does it Rollback XP work?

RollBack XP comes with a sub-os built in that installs beneath Windows, allowing the user to access the program’s features before Windows boots up.  This means that it does not deal with Windows at the file level.  This allows users to take snapshots, RollBack to a previous snapshot, or uninstall RollBack XP if necessary. Unlike to traditional re-imaging which may require a minimum of 30 minutes to complete, Rollback XP does this in seconds. Just like Rollback RX, the Recover Files and Explore Snapshot functionalities will be available.

This freeware will be able to take 5 snapshots. This limitation on the number snapshots is due to the fact that it is a freeware product. For those who wish to upgrade to a paid version with unlimited snapshots, there will be an option to do so.

So basically, RollBack XP will solve many of the issues that affect users of Windows XP such as malware, viruses or security threats. Thus, having an anti-virus won’t be necessary. Taking a snapshot every day will make up for that.