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Windows SteadyState has been discontinued – no more downloads after December 31, 2010

Windows SteadyState, a once promising tool, has been discontinued by Microsoft. Why? I am not particularly sure why; it was (is) a useful program that had (has) excellent Windows integration, something missing in other tools like Returnil [1], Wondershare Time Freeze [2], AyRecovery [3], etc. Maybe it was the economy. It must be noted, though, that the discontinuation of SteadyState is hardly a surprise, seeing as it was last updated in 2008 and does not support Windows 7. (If Microsoft doesn’t want to support it and update it, it would be interesting if they threw it out to the open source community to see if someone brings SteadyState up to speed.)

SteadyState will be available for download until until December 31, 2010 and support will be provided until June 30, 2011:

Windows SteadyState will continue to be available for download through December 31, 2010. Support for Windows SteadyState will continue to be available through the Microsoft Knowledge Base portal through June 30, 2011.

This announcement does not affect your right to continue to use Windows SteadyState.

If you think you will find use for SteadyState in the future, be sure to grab it now and keep it safe because after Friday it will no longer be available (not from official sources, anyway). You should keep in mind, though, a security program that hasn’t been updated in over two years is not one you should depend too heavily on (or depend on at all, for that matter); it is bound to have vulnerabilities exploited by scumware and the lack of support means the vulnerabilities won’t be patched.

The following is a brief list of features of SteadyState features (as per Microsoft):

You can grab SteadyState from the following links:

Version: 2.5

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista

Download size: 6.4 MB

Windows SteadyState homepage [4]

[via TechSupportAlert [5]]