How to Unfreeze Deep Freeze

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Deep Freeze is a computer program that makes it impossible to download anything onto a computer. It protects over four million personal computers and over one million Mac computers. Here are some helpful hints if you need to unfreeze Deep Freeze from your computer system.

Unfreezing Your System From Deep Freeze

Step 1

Acquire debugging privileges by using the Task Scheduler under the Command prompt.

Step 2

Click the Start button at the bottom of your screen. Select "Run" and then find "Command", or "CMD." Enter the command "at (current time plus 2 minutes) pm or am/ interactive taskmgr.exe." Then end "Task explorer.exe."

Step 3

Enter "File/ New Task" when prompted. Then enter "Explorer.exe" to launch the explorer shell under the system account that has debugging privileges.

Step 4

Run Deep Freeze from the system account. Generally, this will be the account that you are on already. If the former steps do not unfreeze your system from Deep Freeze, try using a Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit and follow the next section for directions.

Using Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit

Step 1

Enter "ntrights.exe." This will grant you the SeDebugPrivilege, or debugging privilege.

Step 2

Type in the command "Run Deep Unfreezer." Then click on "View Status."

Step 3

Click on the "Boot Thawed" button and save your status.

Step 4

Restart your computer. You must log off and log back on for privileges to take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Deep Freeze is not installed or uninstalled through the "Add/ Remove" programs function. It is uninstalled with the same file used to install it.
  • If your system reboots in a thawed mode, your version of Deep Freeze is vulnerable and you might need to take additional security measures on your system or systems.