People usually treat public PCs quite recklessly. Apart from use them for exchanging emails, transferring files, browsing websites, ogling at their social media profiles and streaming YouTube content, many also carelessly install crapware over them and mess up many settings. This not only leaves various traces of their activities and unknown software on the that PC that eventually bogs down its performance, but can also cause issues for other users of the machines. Since the usage of computers placed at public locations is high, it can be quite tedious to maintain them on regular basis. When it comes to such situations, Reboot Restore Rx can be a terrific solution. What this application does is automatically restoring the computer to a custom predefined baseline so that whenever a PC is rebooted, it reverts any changes made to the system during the previous session. This gives users complete control over PCs located at schools, internet cafes, hotels, kiosks etc., while making the task of maintaining them much easier for their administrators.
Used in this way, the shared PC becomes much more easier to manage. The usage of Reboot Restore RX is quite straightforward. During its installation wizard, it asks you to mark the drives that you want to restore on system boot. This means even if some of those drives are wiped, things will get back to the way they were upon system reboot, though there are bound to be limitations here, as the areas where the tool is installed and where it is saving its data have to remain intact in order for it to restore anything, of course.
You can create restore points for multiple drives. However, the application doesn’t let you create a separate restore baseline for each. Therefore, whenever you create a restore baseline, you’re locked with only one system state. After marking the drive, you can click Next to finish the process, which requires a system reboot.
Reboot Restore RX then sits in the system tray area, and you can right-click its notification icon to disable its Restore on Reboot function from the context menu. I found the program to be quite limited in terms of features. For example it doesn’t allow you to create several restore baselines, nor does it let you lock the option of creating a restore baseline, making this option available to everyone.
When you click the Restore on Reboot option in the context menu, Reboot Restore RX simply displays a confirmation dialog that the current system settings are saved as baseline. Other than that, there isn’t much to tinker with.
While fairly limited in features, Reboot Restore RX can come handy if you want a zero maintenance PC that is shared among various users. The application works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.