Deep Freeze Alternatives for Windows

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: 3/2/2018 7:31:00 AM

Alternatives to Deep Freeze for Windows with any 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.

    • Very good free program, use it on hotel computers WillieLangfordJan 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees 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
    • 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
    • DF and Reboot Restore do the same restore function on boot up Guest • Feb 2016 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar feature set, has a free version, and has a free RMC tool :) ken_belangerJan 2017 • 5 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

    Freemium Windows

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  • SmartShield

    SmartShield allows administrators to ensure the ongoing integrity of their workstations without limiting usability. With SmartShield Protection enabled, all changes made to a workstation are removed with every restart. This makes unwanted system changes an impossibility. SmartShield saves administrators time by reducing downtime, simplifying workstation standardization and providing complete protection from Malware and malicious users all in a single, easy to use product.

    • Similar technology but Deep Freeze has wider compatibility & is more reliable. JimmySDec 2015 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Clean Slate

    Restores your computer to its original configuration discarding unwanted computer changes. Just log off or reboot. Clean Slate is easy yet powerful. Discards unwanted user changes at log off or reboot, No Partitioning Ever, Effortless Windows Critical Updates Support, Seamless AV Updates, Easy Application Blocking, Enable-Disable-Configure with No Rebooting Ever, Super Flexible, Easy, Secure!

    • Reboot Restore Rx and Clean Slate restore on every boot up of the PC Guest • Feb 2016 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Comparable product to deep freeze m8r-5b599uMar 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It is an alternative, but not as stable or enterprise ready as Deep Freeze JimmySDec 2015 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • Safeshield

    Creates a virtualization layer to prevent changes to the OS from becoming permanent. From website: Imagine being able to page through web sites without worrying about being attacked by virus, malwares... You dont need to set up Firewall, Blacklist, or carefully watch where you are going. Turn on SafeShield to create a virtual world (a copy of your Windows) and you are safe.

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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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  • Rextore

    REXTORE is a Reboot-to-Restore software. It can be used as Freezer and works as Disaster Recovery too. With sub-console option, is possible to restore the Windows OS even it couldn't load. NO images, NO BackUps. The restoring process is very quick and IS NOT NECESSARY to Reboot the OS to keep permanent changes, just simple UPDATE check point. That is useful in many environments.

    • Light, simple and allows keep changes without Reboot. Is Great. Guest • Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • AOMEI OneKey Recovery

    AOMEI OneKey Recovery is designed to create a factory restore partition, make a factory backup image and one key backup and recovery system. You can make a factory image restore and help you to restore computer to its factory settings in case of system failure.

    Commercial Windows Redo Backup and Recovery

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  • Deskman Network

    Deskman is amazingly easy to use, and gets the job done. Apply restrictions and lock down workstations consistently. Deskman helps you block applications, filter websites and protect workstations from tampering. Hide the Start Menu, disable Ctrl-Alt-Del, disable the Control Panel, block Windows Explorer, protect desktop icons, disable USB drives... Stop unwanted applications. Allow only a list of executables or folders. Block software installation. Block websites, with your exceptions.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Install-Block

    Install-Block allows you to require a password in order for new software to be installed on your PC. You can also prevent users from accessing any programs or windows that you choose. Ideal for employers, parents, or schools. - Prevent users from installing, or un-installing, any program. Password-protect these actions for increased security or productivity. Ideal for employers, parents, and any shared/public environments. - Password-protect any program on your computer.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

  • 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 • 1 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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