I have been concidering runnign Microsoft Steady State for some time now, and having just finished a reinstall of the OS I think it may be time to give it a try.
The aim is to set up the system exactly the way you want it to be. Then every time you start the computer you are back at this state.
The main problem is anythign you download or save is lost on restart, so what I have done is install a 2nd hard disk. All my documents and work will be placed on the 2nd hard disk. It can easily be accesses though "My Computer"
I do however have a few reservations. What about email. Lets say I go ahead and set up Outlook now. Every time I restart will I have a clean account with no messages, will messages be removed every time I restart the system.
A rough work around would be to install active sync and simply do a synk with my pocket pc on restart. This would be fairly simple because the synk is over bluetooth and the phone is always within range, but this isn't exactly ideal.
I was concidering usign a non-Microsoft email client such as Thunderbird and setting the install destination to the 2nd drive, then place a shortcut to the email application on my desktop. This should ensure than Microsoft Steady State doesnt remove anythign, and the application shortcut will always be there since the install was done prior to taking the "snap shot".
The aim is to have a system that doesnt get bogged down, and is basicaly a fresh system every time I run it.
Anyone have any experience with Steady State? You're recomendations would be appreciated.