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What is Deep Freeze and how do I thaw/freeze my computer?

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Deep Freeze is an administrative security application that helps prevent unwanted workstation changes—regardless of whether they are accidental or malicious.   Upon restart, a “frozen” computer is restored to its previous stable operating state, minimizing the need to involve IT staff in resolving critical system issues involving viruses, incompatible software, etc.  All Okanagan College computers under the new infrastructure have Deep Freeze installed, along with a “Workstation Manager” application that allows users to easily thaw their computers (to install new software, drivers and other changes) and to freeze them when necessary.  You can determine whether or not your computer is in a thawed or frozen state by checking the Deep Freeze icon in your system tray (lower right hand corner of your screen). i.e.

  

To thaw a computer from a frozen state:

1.      Right-click on the “Workstation Manager” icon in the lower right corner of your screen

2.      Select “Deep Freeze”, “Thaw Workstation”

3.      Enter the number of reboots you would like to have thawed (1 is recommended), click “OK”, then restart your computer.


Note!!  Your computer will not be thawed until you restart!

To freeze a computer from a thawed state:

1.      Right-click the “Workstation Manager” icon in the lower right corner of your screen

2.      Select “Deep Freeze”, “Freeze Workstation”

3.      Restart your computer


Note!! Your computer will not be frozen until you restart!