A different approach is to keep the Windows desktop but have it loaded with virtualization software and offer a guest Windows. That way, if the end user changes something, it's in the hosted operating system rather than the "real" operating system, so recovery is much easier. Think trying to offer graphics-oriented apps via server virtualization would be quite difficult, but perhaps is possible.
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