Upgrade from Version 6, 7 or 8 to Version 10.57

Existing Secure Desktop customers with version 6.xx, 7.xx or 8.xx can upgrade to 10.57 by contacting Visual Automation with your existing serial number. The part number is SDU-10-001 and is priced at $100.00 US, per unit.

Upgrade from Version 10.xx to 10.57

ftp://ftp.visualautomation.com/sup1057.exe (12.4M)

New Features for 10.57

  • Tested in Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update
  • The following checkbox now disables Ctrl-V while the File Open Dialog is top most window
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Dialog button | File Open/Save As tab | Disable File Editing Features... checkbox

Changes for 10.56

  • Fixed a problem introduced in version 10.55
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Dialog button | File Open/Save As tab | Disable File Editing Features... checkbox
  • Recommended update for customers using version 10.55

New Features for 10.55

  • Added support for Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server due to multiple customer requests
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | System and Dialog button features are now available in Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server
  • Previous versions of Secure Desktop automatically enable/disable the ability to for hidden files to be displayed
  • This has been removed as many antivirus products protect this registry value

New Features for 10.51

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update changed the on screen keyboard
  • The onscreen keyboard button in Secure Desktop stopped working because of this change
  • This has been corrected
  • The Windows 10 version information in Secure Desktop Tools and Secure Desktop Shell will now display one of the following:
    • Fall Creators Update
    • Creators Update
    • Anniversary Update
    • November Update
    • Initial Release

Changes for 10.50

  • Removed support for Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server

New Features for 10.33

  • Added the ability to immediately close the File Properties Dialog
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Dialog button | File Properties tab

New Features for 10.32

  • New enhancement for Dialog feature introduced in version 10.30
  • This pertains to Disable File Editing Features in File Save As Dialog
  • File name field is no longer disabled
  • Instead, the ": ; \ |" keys are disabled
  • So only a file name may be inputted, not a drive/folder/filename

New Features for 10.31

  • Added option to hide the Universal Time from the Status Bar
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Option button | Icon tab | checkbox list

New Features for 10.30

  • For Windows 7, 8 and 10: Two new buttons added to user configuration - Setting and Dialog
    • The Setting feature provides a method to immediately close many setting-related editing apps, should they be opened by any application
    • The Dialog feature provides a method to immediately close dialogs such as File Open, File Save As, Print, Run and Internet Options
    • The Dialog feature also provides a way to disable file editing features in dialogs File Open, Browse and File Save As and printer editing features in Print
  • Secure Desktop shell timer loop is now significantly faster
  • Tested in Windows 10 Creators Update

Changes for 10.26

  • Re-compiled with new version of compilers

Changes for 10.25

  • Re-compiled with new version of compiler

New Features for 10.24

  • When clicking an icon, Secure Desktop will change the mouse pointer to the Busy (hourglass) before launching the application
  • After launching the application, the mouse pointer will be restored to what it was at the time the icon was clicked

Changes for 10.23

  • Fixed a problem related to launching Internet Explorer introduced in Secure Desktop 10.00
  • Recommended update for anyone using Secure Desktop 10.00 or later if launching Internet Explorer

Changes for 10.22

  • Fixed another problem related to Canadian Multilingual Standard Keyboard layout when Keystroke auditing was enabled
  • This fix slightly changed the format of the keystroke audit file

Changes for 10.21

  • Fixed a problem with Start Explorer in Addition to Secure Desktop checkbox for Windows XP, 7 and 8
  • Removed Start Explorer in Addition to Secure Desktop checkbox feature for Windows 10
  • This feature is not technically possible in Windows 10
  • Added documentation to clarify that applications started with Run As Administrator checkbox are in a different security context
  • Disabled hot-keys or mouse buttons will not be disabled for these applications due to the different security context

New Features for 10.20

  • Added Ctrl-Ins and Shift-Ins to list of hot-key combinations that may be disabled
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Option button | Key..Mouse tab | Disable Windows Hot-Keys list

New Features for 10.12

  • Tested in Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Application files and installation files are now dual signed (sha1 and sha256)

Changes for 10.11

  • Fixed a problem related to Canadian Multilingual Standard Keyboard layout when Keystroke auditing was enabled
  • Fixed a problem related to Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Icon button | Import button | Browse button

New Features for 10.10

  • Date/Time information within the audit XML files now shows Local time in addition to Universal Time (UT)
  • Date/Time information within the sdesktop.xml file now shows Local time in addition to Universal Time (UT)
  • Audit XML file names continue to be in Universal Time (UT) format

New Features for 10.00

  • Windows 10 Support
    • If Mission-Critical, Consider Using Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB Edition
    • Also Supports Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8
    • 32-bit Classic Windows Application
    • 64-bit Aware
  • New Setup Program
    • Now Using Inno Setup instead of Wise installer
    • Setup program is now signed
    • Setup files are now smaller
  • User Interface Improvements
    • Design improved for Touchscreen
    • New Icons throughout
    • On Screen Keyboard Support
    • The Edition of Windows 7, 8 or 10 is shown with version (Home, Pro, Enterprise, etc.)
  • Configuration XML File Management
    • Copy HostName.DomainName/UserName to Default
    • Edit UserName
    • Ignore HostName.DomainName option, UserName Only for Lookup
    • Duplicate Existing HostName.DomainName/UserName
    • Auto Backup sdesktop.xml
    • Manual Backup and Restore sdesktop.xml
    • Same sdesktop.xml file as Secure Desktop 7 and Secure Desktop 8
  • Auto Export Registry Subkeys Modified by Secure Desktop
    • Feature available for Windows 8 or Windows 10 only
  • Added sNote.exe utility for viewing and printing text files
    • Launch sNote.exe with a command-line parameter of a file path surrounded by quotes
    • Example: sNote.exe "C:\Users\User Name\Documents"
    • The sNote.exe left pane will display files and folders in that path. No right mouse clicks
    • Navigate down in folders, but not higher than initial path
    • Optional second parameter is a wildcard filter (default is *.txt)
    • Example: sNote.exe "C:\Users\User Name\Documents" "*.txt"
    • Optional third parameter is /NOPRINT to remove the print button
    • Alternate optional third parameter is the name of the printer to use instead of the Default printer
  • Disable Task Manager and Shutdown in Ctrl-Alt-Delete screen for All Users
  • Secure Desktop launches Classic Windows applications (CWA) Only
    • A Classic Windows application uses the Classic Windows Platform (CWP) (e.g., COM, Win32, WPF, WinForms, etc.)
    • A Universal Windows app is built on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
      • The UWP requires the Explorer shell on Windows 10
      • Secure Desktop provides security by replacing the Explorer shell
      • Universal Windows apps (UWA) are not supported
  • Browser Support
    • Secure Desktop 10 has specific features to lock down Internet Explorer 11
    • CWA Browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera) can be launched
    • UWP Browsers (Edge) can not be launched
  • Tested on Microsoft Surface Pro

Upgrade from Version 8.xx to 8.28

ftp://ftp.visualautomation.com/sup828.exe (18M)

Secure Desktop 8 Revisions

New Features for 8.28

  • Added option to hide the Universal Time from the Status Bar
  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Option button | Icon tab | checkbox list

Changes for 8.27

  • Fixed another problem related to Canadian Multilingual Standard Keyboard layout when Keystroke auditing was enabled
  • This fix slightly changed the format of the keystroke audit file

Changes for 8.26

  • Fixed a problem with Start Explorer in Addition to Secure Desktop checkbox
  • Application files are now dual signed (sha1 and sha256)

Changes for 8.25

  • Fixed a problem related to Canadian Multilingual Standard Keyboard layout when Keystroke auditing was enabled

Changes for 8.24

  • Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Options button | Key..Mouse tab | left checkbox list | Ctrl-Shift-Esc checkbox
  • Ctrl-Shift-Esc (Task Manager) does not disable correctly in certain situations
  • If this is checked, Secure Desktop will now automatically close the Task Manager if it is displayed

Changes for 8.23

  • Fixed a problem with Supervisor Calculation Passwords
  • Recommended update for anyone using this feature

Changes for 8.22.2

  • No code changes, small change in installation

Changes for 8.22.1

  • No code changes, small change in installation

Changes for 8.22

  • Fixed a small bug in sExplore.exe where the user could potentially navigate above the initial folder

New Features for 8.21

  • Added keyboard shortcuts to the Secure Desktop and Explorer shell buttons in sTools.exe
  • Made a small change to sWall.exe to insure that it is at the bottom of the z-order (in the background)

New Features for 8.20

  • Now supports Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • New sExplore.exe file
  • Launch sExplore.exe with a command-line parameter of a file path surrounded by quotes
  • Example: sExplore.exe "C:\Users\User Name\Documents"
  • The sExplore.exe window will display files and folders in that path. No right mouse clicks.
  • Navigate down in folders, but not higher than initial path.
  • Optional second parameter is a wildcard filter
  • Example: sExplore.exe "C:\Users\User Name\Documents" "*.doc"

Changes for 8.12

  • Fixed an error when using feature "Start Explorer in Addition To Secure Desktop"
  • This error occurred when using this feature on a Windows Server product with Terminal Services

Changes for 8.11

  • Fixed an error in version 8.00 where "Always On Bottom" feature did not work quite right
  • Recommended update for anyone using "Always On Bottom"

New Features for 8.10

  • New wallpaper feature via Secure Desktop Tools | Secure Desktop tab | Option button | Startup tab | Display Wallpaper when Secure Desktop is the Shell checkbox
  • Specify any jpg, jpeg, png or bmp file
  • New 64-bit version of sControl.exe (Control Panel), named sControl64.exe
  • All components optimized with newer compiler versions

Changes for 8.03

  • Increased the height of the Secure Desktop shell

Changes for 8.02

  • Fixed an error in version 8.01 where command-line arguments were truncated when importing from a shortcut file (*.lnk)
  • Recommended update for anyone using version 8.01

New Features for 8.01

  • When importing icon data from a shortcut file (*.lnk), Secure Desktop now converts any short path name to a long path name
  • This is important in the 64-bit windows, as there are two Program Files paths, one for 32-bit applications and the other for 64-bit
  • One short path might start with C:\PROGRA~1\ and the other with C:\PROGRA~2\, but the system may change the order, so a long path name is more accurate

New Features for 8.00

  • Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Support
  • Also Supports Windows XP and Windows 7
  • 32-bit Windows Application, Does Not support Windows Store Apps (Metro)
  • 64-bit Aware
  • Design improved for Touchscreen
  • On Screen Keyboard Support
  • Tested on Microsoft Surface Pro
  • Same Configuration XML File as Secure Desktop 7
  • Secure Desktop 8 locks down Internet Explorer 8-11

Upgrade from Version 7.xx to 7.54

ftp://ftp.visualautomation.com/sup754.exe (8.3M)

Secure Desktop 7 Revisions

New Features for 7.54

  • Re-wrote Automatic Logon to save Password encrypted to the registry. Recommended update for anyone using Automatic Logon.

New Features for 7.53

  • Autologon has been greatly improved for Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit

New Features for 7.52

  • Toolbar buttons in Secure Desktop Shell can now be activated using the keyboard only (Alt-S for Super, Alt-A for Audit, etc.)

New Features for 7.51

  • Added "Content Advisor Settings" button in Secure Desktop Tools | Administrator tab | Internet Explorer button | Approved Sites tab
  • Removed Secure Desktop Shell console window (bug created in 7.50)

New Features for 7.50

  • Added Internet Explorer version 10 support.
  • Secure Desktop 7.50 now supports Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10 only.

New Features for 7.44

  • Added ability to disable Switch User (sTools | Administrator tab | [All Users] Logon button | Ctrl-Alt-Delete Dialog tab).
  • Added ability to disable Ease of Access (Utility Manager in XP/2003), same location as Switch User feature.
  • When disabling Favorites and Tools Buttons in Internet Explorer 9, the remaining Home button would display Favorites. This has been fixed.
  • When loading user configuration by domain/username, Secure Desktop now looks for an exact string match that is case insensitive.

New Features for 7.43

  • Added Space and Enter key to list of keys to disable. For some software, selected button may trigger again using spacebar or enter key.
  • For the Internet Explorer (IE9) dialog box, Secure Desktop disabled Ctrl-P if Start in Full Screen mode was checked. Now Ctrl-P is only disabled if Disabled Favorites and Tools Buttons is checked.

New Features for 7.42

  • Added ability to disable LogOff and Shutdown in the Windows Security Dialog (sTools | Administrator tab | User Logon button | Ctrl-Alt-Delete tab)

Changes for 7.41

  • Fixed a problem related to the hot-key to bring the Secure Desktop shell to the top of the z-order. This was an intermittent problem possibly related to Internet Explorer 9.

New Features for 7.40

  • Can now disable Ctrl-Alt-Delete in Windows 7 and other newer versions of Windows by re-mapping keys system wide.
  • Fixed a small problem with timed application launches.

New Features for 7.31

  • Some customers reported a boot up delay with Secure Desktop as the shell. This no longer happens.

New Features for 7.30

  • Added Internet Explorer 9 support.
  • Fixed small naming bug with tab 9.
  • When choosing to launch the Explorer desktop in addtion to Secure Desktop, in 64-bit Windows, would launch 32-bit Explorer.exe. This has been fixed.
  • Dropped Mozilla Firefox support.

Changes for 7.25

  • Fixed a small user interface problem with the window wizard.

Changes for 7.24

  • Secure Desktop is now Theme aware. Errors would happen in Windows Classic mode of Windows 7. This has been fixed.
  • Fixed a problem with un-installing Secure Desktop in Windows 7.

Changes for 7.23

  • Disabling Ctrl-Alt-Delete is not available for the 64-bit version of Windows XP.

Changes for 7.22

  • Fixed problem with some passwords not working after upgrading from 7.00-7.11 to 7.20-7.21.

New Features for 7.21

  • Now tested in 32/64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 7, and Windows 2008 Server.

New Features for 7.20

  • Secure Desktop 7.20 is designed and tested for Windows XP (32-bit) and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
  • Windows Vista support has been dropped.

Changes for 7.12

  • In Secure Desktop Tools | Manage Users, if your computer names were longer than the width of the two lists, you couldn't read the full user name. Now there is a horizontal scroll bar.

Changes for 7.11

  • Using the Window Wizard, if the minimize and/or maximize system menu items are removed, the minimize and/or maximize buttons in the upper right corner will be disabled.
  • If you remove one or the other, the buttons will be visible but disabled.
  • If you remove both minimize and maximize, the buttons will no longer be visible.

New Features for 7.10

  • Internet Explorer 8 Support
  • Added ability to force a window to be "Always-On-Top" using Window Wizard.
  • Added Shift-Right Mouse click support to sControl.exe.

Changes for 7.01

  • Icon tooltips may be causing an error, slight change was made to try to correct this.
  • If a value in the sDesktop.xml file should have been an integer, but wasn't, an error would occur. This has been fixed.
  • If Secure Desktop tried to start a program that didn't exist, an error would occur. Because Secure Desktop may be running in a 24/7 unattended environment, error boxes would pile up resulting in an eventual crash. These error messages have been removed.
  • Clicking on an empty icon slot would cause a File Not Found error. This error has been removed.
  • Clicking on a tab that was password protected would always result in an Incorrect Password error. This occurred because sTools was not encrypting the password, but sDesktop assumed that it was encrypted. This has been fixed, but customers should re-enter all tab passwords, causing them to be saved correctly.

Upgrade from Version 6.xx to 6.86

ftp://ftp.visualautomation.com/updsd686.exe (4.5M)

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