Here is WinU's complete revision history.
WinU 7 (released November 17 2010):
This release supports all 32 bit x86 versions of Windows, including Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
There are also new low level components, internal updates, and support for Microsoft's HTML Help system
and the most recent versions of Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer. Running under Windows 8
requires using a tool such as WinAero's
free Skip Metro Suite to disable the new-style Windows overlay.
WinU 6.5 (released June 1 2009):
Added support for Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7,
Internet Explorer 8, and Opera web browsers. Added support for customized and OEM
web browsers. Added strong-password support at option of the administrator.
Updated system time sanity check.
Some minor enhancements necessary to address XP Service Pack 3.
Removed redundant internal tests and crosschecks.
Internal and custom versions, not publicly released.
WinU 6 (released September 1 2006):
Intrusion Control watches for malware-like behavior in real-time on the computer,
and prevents nasties including spyware, malware, adware, and Trojans from setting themselves
up on your system. USB Port Control can lock down data flow to/from USB ports and similar external sources,
such as CD and DVD drives, to prevent unauthorized data leaving the computer
(data theft) as well as preventing unauthorized data entering the computer
(spyware, malware, adware, Trojans, etc). Cloaked Registry Key keeps settings invisible,
inaccessible, and secure. Removed little-used features (checkpoint/rollback, license metering,
display restrictions, registry backup, window monitor "repeatedly" option, test frequency,
MS-DOS Mode support, Admin Manager based time/logon management).
Can now have 999 saved diagnostic snapshots (tenfold increase).
Added window control "do nothing" (exceptions) mechanism. Added some copy-all and clear-all buttons.
Added interface option to center an actual-size background image.
Can use root of share as Administration Manager message folder.
Now always closes DUN at desk exit. Can choose bottom-half background color.
Renamed the optional Remote Admnistration Kit to Extended Administration Kit.
WinU 5.7 (released April 4, 2005):
Enhancements necessary to address XP Service Pack 2, including new low-level drivers,
new Remote Administration Manager, new uninstaller, and many internal updates.
WinU 5.6 (released September 5, 2003):
Updated and enhanced low-level drivers. Fixed WinU bugs
and found workarounds for Windows bugs. Can now specify NT/2K/XP folders
displayed in open/save dialogs. Can specify network-based applications
in System Stabilization mode.
WinU 5.5 (released December 11, 2002):
Enhanced filesystem usage under Windows 2000 and XP, including more effective
management of permissions-locked folders under NTFS. Fixed WinU bugs
and found workarounds for Windows bugs. Internal rewrite and update of
low level Bardon components. Auto-closed windows, including Customize windows,
can be overridden by Window Control.
WinU 5.4 maintenance releases 1-4 (throughout 2002):
Support for Identix biometric validation, support for Windows XP,
web-based online documentation, and internal enhancements and fixes.
WinU 5.4 (released July 30, 2001):
Added a One Click System Stabilization option which easily allows all
currently installed programs, but prevents new programs from being
installed or run. The setting to lock taskbar Tray icons will also
lock the Quick Launch icons (on the taskbar next to the Start button).
Enhanced Windows 2000 support.
WinU 5.3 (released December 1, 2000):
to WinU and Remote Administration Manager that decrease network
traffic overhead while improving reliability.
WinU 5.2 (released October 20, 2000):
for Windows 2000 and Windows ME. Removed pages-printed oversight
since that was only supported in Windows 95/98 - now all options
are supported in all versions of Windows. Can change a button's
background color. Updated the Emergency Passwords mechanism to address
a security breach. Allow quotes in button
parameters line. Added parent-title Window Control, monthly checkpoint
option. Remote Administration Manager can clear the logfile. Fixed
restart bug in WinU Timer program.
WinU 5.1 (released August 5, 2000):
oversight to increase effectiveness. Window Control now rechecks
windows when titles change. Added a "Close Control Panel" checkbox
as a new option. Many internal components reorganized/replaced to
improve efficiency. This release includes Administration Manager
2.5.3 which has numerous internal enhancements. All the optional
add-on tools in the WinU 5.0 Remote Administration Kit are
still compatible with this release.
WinU 5.0 (released February 28, 2000):
Super security modes merged into a single active-security mode.
NT support. Checkpoint/rollback feature can save Windows system
information, and 'roll back' to a saved configuration. Taskbar can
remain visible, providing controlled use of tray icons and Start
button. Simplified setup screens, similar to Full Control 2. New
button-types can display Diagnostic Snapshot, start screensaver,
save checkpoint, reboot computer, more. Can lock the logfile so
it can't be modified by the user, only by WinU. New per-button File
Control option. Can disable DOS bootup 'breakout' keys (Ctrl+Break,
Ctrl+C, Ctrl+Alt+Del) or even the entire keyboard. Apps started
before WinU can be accessed (Alt+Tab) if allowed. New logon validation
oversight: disable the Escape/Cancel (so user can't bypass the Windows
logon screen), validate with Windows, validate with network server.
Better oversight of Explorer windows, including Delete key, Cut/Delete
menu items, toolbar buttons, access to Network Neighborhood, Control
Panel, Recycle Bin, etc. Can specify 'allowed websites' which users
can visit. Improved license metering. Window Control entries can
include Allowed Folder restrictions. Setup mode hot key. Handles
games that change screen resolution. Handy plain-text settings file.
Can copy window controls and blockouts to other desks. Logs the
active (foreground) window as it changes through the session, with
separate entries each webpage visited, Word document edited, etc.
This report provides a good way to see exactly what the user did,
in what order, and for how long. Includes Administration Manager
2.4 and License Meter Manager 3.3 which can also simultaneously
manage Full Control 2 and require less network resources.
WinU 4.3 (released October 21, 1998):
after abnormal shutdown, should WinU go to previous current desk
or default desk? More sophisticated restart-if-hung processing to
allow for slow network connections. Fixed bugs in Hidden Drives
list processing and in Start Menu management during password screen
WinU 4.2 (released May 28, 1998):
to more tightly control web browser monitoring, close browsers that
are accessing the local file system, and allow Dial-Up Networking
to continue running when changing desks. Fixed conflict with certain
antivirus and similar utilities that caused slowdowns and odd hangups.
Can log browser activity independent of other logging options. Added
Diagnostic Snapshot Logging to aid in analysis of odd or erratic
computer behavior. Restarts itself on error within 90 seconds. Better
integration with Windows 98 (follow that beta). Can run on diskless
workstations. Added quiet-mode install option for automated remote
installations. Better control of minimized windows, and which windows
remain visible generally. Coexists better with antivirus and other
system-like applications. Can hide network resources and local drives
in Explorer and Open/Save screens.
WinU 4.1 (released October 20, 1997):
Browser Monitor, which tracks website access. Enhanced Remote Time
Manager can query a remote computer for its current status. Enhanced
registry backup, time-control counter, window-display tracking,
and keyboard disabling at startup. Limited the %CURRTIME% meta-name
to 8 digits to accomodate filenames in old-style 8.3 format. Can
disable low-level monitoring. Updated Timer and Logoff applets.
Remote Administration Kit now includes a working sample implementation
of the customizable WinU Logon component validl.dll, plus companion
bingen.exe applet and validl.txt documentation.
WinU 4.0 (released September 8, 1997):
access control, Ctrl+Alt+Del blocking, Windows/Apps keys blocking,
much better Dial-Up Networking control, CD-door locking, a new "window
monitor" which can manipulate or close any window when it appears
(even set Open/Save dialogs to that user's proper directory), per-user
default desks, an enhanced inactivity monitor, screen saver control,
much stronger "third party window" control, Cloner built into the
main WinU program, a new Conditional Cloning mechanism to specify
the WinU computers on which a particular button or desk should appear,
can monitor the number of pages printed from each computer and report
per-printer if desired, new "summary logging", remote control Apps
Button, new add-on companion programs, more.
WinU 3.2 (released March 5, 1997):
Limits and Remote Time Manager, simultaneously run more than one
DUN-using program, set the font and spacing of desktop buttons,
first 35 buttons can have letter/number hotkeys, full use of tiled
and actual-size bitmaps, enhanced remote update testing, activity
monitors can now oversee Explorer features and the new Windows keys,
context menus disabled in browsers and other windows, Explorer's
"find" dialogs disabled, set number of seconds until password screen
vanishes, "kill companion app" feature enhanced, "soft close" feature,
audio Warning Time message, more.
WinU 3.1 (released December 2, 1996):
management, dynamic configuration update, disables the Common Dialog
delete key and right-click context menus, strengthened "third-party
window" processing, button label text no longer required, added
the PrevDesk button type, wallpaper bitmap can be displayed at actual
size, can tile the background bitmap, loop the desk logon sound,
new interface for the Clone Setup Builder, more elements now encrypted,
password dialog times out in 30 seconds, can deny use of the boot-time
startup menu, enhanced remote password options, added minutes per
logon cumulative time test, optional case-insensitive passwords.
WinU 3.0 (released September 16, 1996):
administration, especially when managing a number of WinU machines
on a network: clone-able buttons, desks, or entire installations,
centrally managed password and timeout control, more detailed event
logging, built-in usage reports and graphs. Inactivity timout. Cleaner
tabbed-dialog interface. Status bar. More flexible visual interface
options (wallpaper, button styles, show/hide the menu and status
bar). Attach sound to WinU events. New navigation elements: DeskLink,
Exit, and Shutdown buttons. Button options to AutoRun a program
at desk logon, keep program running until desk logoff, and allow
a program to continue to run after exiting from the desk it was
started from. Can now run Shortcuts, including shortcuts to printers,
Dial-Up Networking, or other Win95 components. Ultra-robust Kiosk
Mode for the most demanding public-access situations. Built-in Explorer
window for when you need access to the full computer (with password
control of course). Much better when tracking modem-using apps.
Blockout periods: times when nothing on that desk will run (for
example "Every Tuesday 9 pm to 11 pm" or "Every weekday 7:30 pm
to 8:30 pm"). Can disable CD-ROM autorun. QuickNotes, so you can
attach a little message to a logfile record when exiting a program
(perhaps for billing purposes). And the proverbial Much More.
WinU 2.0 (released January 31, 1996)
mode, multiple desktops, setup mode, settable background color,
keyboard control, highlighted focus button, right-click Properties
screens for buttons and desktops, can run multiple programs concurrently,
per-button password protection, improved Help system, more.
WinU 1.0 (released August 24, 1995)
Initial release , on the same day that Windows 95 was released.