I just came across information from Horizon DataSys ... the company that makes RollBack RX, a really good recovery program, not free of course. They do make Reboot Restore RX, which is free to use.
The new program is for XP users only, since MS dropped the OS in April. The new program is called RollBack XP and I'm reading it's completely free.
No XP User Left Behind
May 21, 2014
... this is the last part of the article:
We thought that if we released our freeware Reboot Restore RX as a SteadyState alternative last year, then why not do the same thing for the Windows XP lockdown? Reboot Restore RX was a big success in terms of the number of downloads we got. It really helped users out who needed a quick fix with a simple restore upon reboot functionality. The community really ended up benefiting from this software, and it helped us improve our premier products, RollBack RX and Drive Vaccine as well!
So, if you want to protect Windows XP on your machine and not have to upgrade to a new OS, then have no fear, RollBack XP is here! The client will be available for download from our website next week.
There is one limitation that I know off, you can only take 10 snapshots ... but that's not really a problem ... that's plenty ... if not, just go back to the Baseline backup and start over with new snapshots would probably work.
RollBack XP Removes the Need for Costly Industry-Wide OS Upgrades
There are many data recovery software tools that are available for Windows, but there is nothing that is catered to Windows XP specifically now that there is a support lockdown for the OS. RollBack XP fixes this issue by providing a 10-snapshot, 1-baseline solution for instant recovery. It functions just like RollBack RX, but the freeware version can only take up to 10 snapshots. There will be an option to upgrade to a paid version and have an unlimited number of snapshots as well. This all makes RollBack XP an ideal recovery solution for XP.
... I have not tried it yet.
Edited by monroe, 20 June 2014 - 02:03 PM.