Horizon DataSys logoSave time and staff resources by automating maintenance of your public access computers, kiosks, and computer labs. As librarians, teachers, and anyone operating a center like this knows, managing these computers is a large responsibility for your staff each day.

The new Horizon DataSys donation and discount program at TechSoup includes products that recover computers to a previous state or a desired configuration. Plus, in the event of a crash, the tools from Horizon DataSys let you turn back the clock on a PC to a point in time before that catastrophe struck — without losing any critical data.

Software from Horizon DataSys may also be a good replacement for Windows SteadyState (which Microsoft discontinued, and can't be used on Windows 7 or 8). It’s also comparable to Faronics Deep Freeze, which is helpful for maintaining public access computers so that libraries can easily restore to an original state and block malware, viruses, etc.

RollBack RX

 Save time and increase productivity by allowing staff to revert a malfunctioning computer to a previously saved snapshot with RollBack Rx PC. You can get rid of viruses, malware, or other problems. The software takes snapshots of an entire hard disk, not just system files, making a rollback quick and easy. 

What it does:

  • Explore, browse, and retrieve files and folders from any snapshot through the drag-and-drop interface
  • Create unlimited system snapshots as needed or schedule them to be created automatically
  • Restore and retrieve files from a crashed PC that cannot boot to Windows
  • Remotely manage, configure, and control all RollBack Rx client installations with the free Remote Management Console

Horizons DataSys provides donations of 5 user licenses on five Windows-based PCs. You can request 10, 25, or 100 additional user licenses at a discount through TechSoup.

Drive Vaccine

 Designed specifically for public access computers, Drive Vaccine is automated system restore software that reverts a Windows-based PC to a previous state on a specified schedule. Save staff time on maintaining public access computers by restoring them daily or at specified intervals with Drive Vaccine. You can also protect public access computers from malware, user errors, or other performance-affecting software.

What it does:

  • Schedule automatic restorations for a variety of intervals: on reboot; at logoff; when a computer is idle for a period of time; at end-of-day; or every hour, week, or month
  • Create a virtual drive space that is preserved when the system is restored so users can save files and folders for permanent storage
  • Customize user access to disc drives and USB ports
  • Remotely manage, configure, and control all Drive Vaccine client installations with the free Remote Management Console

Horizons DataSys provides donations of 5 user licenses on five Windows-based PCs. You can request 10, 25, or 100 additional user licenses at a discount through TechSoup.

What About Reboot Restore Rx?

Horizon DataSys offers Reboot Restore Rx as a free download, which is considered a SteadyState replacement by Horizon DataSys. However, over and above this free tool, Drive Vaccine offers additional customization options like automatically restoring on a daily basis, when idle, or at any scheduled interval rather than just upon restarting the PC. Drive Vaccine can also be remotely managed with a free download. Check out this comparison of the products here: http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/reboot_restore_comparison.ihtml

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