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Deep Freeze Standard 5.

20 Trial Version
Once your 60-days are up Deep Freeze will boot up in thawed mode, with the red "
X" flashing in the System Tray icon. You can backdate your computer if you want.
That'll work, but there's a another way.
The expiration scheme is the same for both Windows 95/98/Me and Windows 2000/XP.
There is a simple value in the registry that indicates date of install in encry
pted format. The name of the value is AncillaryDev.
Navigate to the following regkey and delete the AncillaryDev value.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
Next you will have to uninstall Deep Freeze and re-install it again. It is not e
nough to only delete AncillaryDev. But still, you must. Also, there is a dfinsta
ll.log file which contains no data, and seems to serve no purpose. You can delet
e it if you want. It doesn't seem to do anything.
You can download Deep Freeze trial version at the following URL:
Deep Freeze 5.20 Standard Evaluation
Otherwise, you have to use your email address to receive a login and password.
Deep Freeze is a kernel-mode driver. So you need to be able to boot from another
drive with a program such as NTFSDOSPRO, CIA Commander, Winternals AdminPak CD,
or a Linux NTFS Boot disk. Something that can mount an NTFS drive AND give you
a command prompt.
If CMOS is passworded and you can't change the boot sequence to boot from a: or
the CD-ROM drive, you can research if the BIOS has a separate key to enter a Boo
t Menu. Many do. For example, if Del is what takes you into CMOS setup, and it i
s passworded, locking you out, there may still be a separate key, like F11 which
brings up a Boot menu allowing you to select which drive to boot from. Unless i
t has specifically been disabled in CMOS this will allow you to choose which dri
ve to boot from, even if CMOS is passworded. Research the BIOS, motherboard manu
al, etc. This is a popular BIOS feature. Another possibility is to boot from the
USB drive. This is also a separate feature which must also be separately disabl
ed in the CMOS. I.e., it is not part of the normal boot sequence; it is a separa
te setting usually called something like, "Allow booting from other devices". Mo
st admins aren't too familiar with these separate features of BIOS. In fact most
of the admins I know are quite intimidated by the CMOS setup. It's like the reg
istry. They're scared of it. ;-) One admin I knew could not understand the diffe
rence between the CMOS Setup password and the Supervisor PowerOn password. <duhh
The next step is to create a Persi0.sys file containing a known password from yo
ur own installation of Deep Freeze. Persi0.sys is the settings and password file
. On Windows 2000/XP it is located in the root directory. It may have system and
hidden attributes too. It maintains three different settings: (1) Which drives
are frozen, (2) Frozen or thawed mode, and (3) the password. So, if you replace
this file with your own you can control Deep Freeze. You should rename the origi
nal to Persi0.bak just in case. Don't delete it either or Deep Freeze will remai
n permanently frozen. And Persi0.sys is more than 1.44MB. It was designed that w
ay so it won't fit on a floppy. So you'll have to use a USB thumb drive. OR, you
can zip it up and put it on a floppy, then unzip it and put it on the d: drive
of the computer if it has one. If you zip it up, it will fit on a floppy. Or, em
ail it to yourself, unzip it, and download it to the d: drive (again, if there i
s one).
It is not recommended to attempt manual removal of Deep Freeze. It is too compli
cated. You will more than likely screw up the computer. Even if you delete the r
eferences to it in the registry, and the driver and the service, it's not enough
. Just replace the password file with your own, then you can enter thawed mode a
nd use the DeepFreezeSTDEval.exe file to uninstall Deep Freeze. You must execute
the setup file to both install and uninstall Deep Freeze. You won't find it und
er Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. So you'll need a copy of it too (link g
iven above).
Good Luck! If you succeed with this, you're pretty good!
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