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Microsoft Is Ending Support for Windows SteadyState

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If you've followed our blog here at TechSoup for Libraries for any length of time, you know that we're fans of Windows Steady State, the free public access security tool from Microsoft.

Sarah's blogged several times about Steady State resources; I wrote instructions for the original release years ago, a review of SteadyState 2.5 in 2008, and recently wrote urging Microsoft to develop a version of SteadyState for Windows 7. We've also spoken with numerous librarians who use SteadyState on a regular basis. Annie Adamson and Janet McKenney both expressed high regards for the tool in our interviews with them, and Kieran Hixon wrote earlier this year that he uses the tool on machines in his rural Colorado library.

Therefore, it's with some sadness that we pass along news of its impending discontinuation. The program will no longer be available at Microsoft's site after December 31, 2010, and support through Microsoft's forums ends on June 30, 2011. For full details, see the announcement on the Steady State download page.

We know that many, many libraries use SteadyState, and we're working hard to fill that gap in our product donation services. If you use a solution in addition to SteadyState, complete this 4-question survey to let us know what you use and why you use it. We've heard from many librarians, and we'll publish what we learn soon.

For all of you using Steady State in your libraries, please write and let us know how this announcement affects your plans for managing public access computers.

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