Free Deep Freeze Alternatives

Deep Freeze is an administrative IT tool that guarantees 100% workstation recovery upon restart. Enterprise IT demands that. While there are alternatives, that guarantee makes Deep Freeze the clearest choice and one that's very tough to beat. The closest alternatives can be filtered with the Restore on Reboot feature.

Open-source options are rare in this list and many open tools become discontinued quickly. It's hard to rely on a workstation tool that might get discontinued so that's a clear strength of commercial tools like Deep Freeze. On the other hand, there are some outstanding free tools

These tools are predominantly for Windows. Like Deep Freeze, a few support Mac as well. The open source tools are generally made for Linux.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 2/26/2018 7:40:00 AM

Alternatives to Deep Freeze for all platforms with Free License

  • Reboot Restore Rx

    Reboot Restore Rx makes it easy to maintain PC’s in small public access computing environments (classrooms, computer labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, etc.). Every time you restart the PCs they will automatically reset to your predefined baseline setting. Reboot Restore Rx Professional, previously named Drive Vaccine, has all the features of the free version and in addition Restore Scheduling, Remote Management, Automated Updates, Drive / Registry Exclusion and more.

    • Free version does a great job of maintaining systems, and does hide the program for non-Admin users to prevent them from uninstalling. Paid version is also good, and when we purchased was less than the cost of Deep Freeze. CarlosMoralesDec 2016 • 13 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar feature set, has a free version, and has a free RMC tool :) ken_belangerJan 2017 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good free program, use it on hotel computers WillieLangfordJan 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • DF and Reboot Restore do the same restore function on boot up Guest • Feb 2016 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free version does what deepfreeze does. I use it on an w10 tablet for a kid, did not fail me yet. Tried other things but are either not free or not working as expected. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It does as the name implies. Restores PC on every reboot, just like the Deep Freeze. Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does the same function but is free EricaPJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • exact same functions as deep freeze messi007Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Same functionality. Restore on rebooting gigeorge10Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • This software is not useful in a public access environment as any user can disable it as a computer restarts. This renders any protection moot, eliminating an usefulness in maintaining a public access environment. Guest • Feb 2016 • 1 agrees and 13 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Windows

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  • Rollback Rx

    RollBack Rx client is a robust system restore utility that enables home users and IT professionals to easily restore a PC to a time before certain events occurred. RollBack Rx makes it easy for users of all skill levels to quickly and easily repair PC issues - saving time, money and PC trouble. This solution is especially useful in the case of a situation where you cannot get into Windows.

    • Different types of programs, while RollBack can do what Deep Freeze and Reboot Restore Rx do, it's less cost effective. CarlosMoralesDec 2016 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Has more than one state to restore to (DF only has the one) but I prefer that in a lot of ways. ken_belangerJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Rollback rx does the exact same... restore system on every restart automatically andyroddick0797Mar 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Deep Freeze keeps an image of the system and reverts any changes upon reboot. Rollback is a system restore program not intended to be used in an enterprise environment, which is what Deep Freeze does. Guest • Feb 2016 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Windows

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  • Dafturn Ofris

    Dafturn Ofris, Freeze from Indonesia, is an open source application that can freeze your Linux, like Deep Freeze in Microsoft Windows operating system. So, you can lock your system by using this application. Feel free and open with this application.

    Free Linux

  • Wioski

    Wioski is a self-healing kiosk-computer running Windows 7 / 8. It’s made with standard Microsoft technologies and is distributed totally free.

    Free Windows

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  • fsprotect

    fsprotect is a set of scripts, customized for debian systems that protect existing filesystems. It uses the AUFS filesystem and some initramfs magic to protect the root filesystem. It also uses a simple init script to protect other filesystems as early as possible. fsprotect is excellent for public computers like those in libraries, labs, etc. It will ease the life of all administrators with a couple of simple steps.

    Free Linux

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  • Toolwiz Time Freeze

    Toolwiz Time Freeze is an effective Instant System Restore software to keep your computer system safe and protect your computer from undesired changes. It can also protect your files and folders from changes with a secure password protection. It makes virtualization very easy to use. Basically, it clones your system, creating fully working copies that you can use normally (or abnormally) without risking your "real" system.

    • Does not auto restore on reboot. You need to manually set this. messi007Mar 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Toolwiz is akin to a VM, not a restore solution. RangersFan81Feb 2016 • 0 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • tested it on win7 works real good. Guest • Aug 2015 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • Lethe

    Lethe is a Deep Freeze -like partition freezing software for Debian GNU/Linux and Lihuen GNU/Linux (May work on other Debian-based GNU/Linux distributions). Lethe makes the partitions behave like a Live CD: all changes made on the file system will not be saved on the disk but in RAM and when the system restarts, all the content saved in the previous session is "forgotten" and lost and the disk / partitions are restored to their original state.

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.34, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from SourceForge
    • Different platforms. Linux only Guest • Feb 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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