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Ultimate boot CD packs in recovery, repair utilities

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#1 Notorious


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Posted 22 February 2005 - 05:43 AM

The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (or "UBCD4Win") is one of the newest and most remarkable of these tools -- doubly remarkable because it doesn't run in DOS mode. It runs as a version of Windows, directly from the CD-ROM, and installs nothing on the host computer.

More than fifty freeware utilities come bundled on the UBCD: two CD burning applications for creating CDs from within the UBCD environment; disk- and partition-management and copying tools; defragmentation utilities (including DIRMS, which I have written about in the past); disk-hardware diagnostics (including S.M.A.R.T.-reporting tools); compression/decompression apps; recovery/repair tools for various applications including Outlook Express; spyware/adware/virus scanners/removers; network utilities (FTP, VNC, network scanners); CMOS management tools (including password recovery), and many more. Utilities are continually added.

There are several caveats. First, the user himself must provide a licensed copy of Windows XP. This does not simply mean having a Windows XP CD lying around, but one with a spare license for it as well.

Since using the UBCD4Win counts as creating a separate installation of Windows, the end user must have a license for it. Finally, the process for creating the CD isn't fully automated -- there's no single ISO image one can download. The user has to merge files from the Windows XP installation CD with the UBCD's build files, but there's a tool for automating this part of the procedure. (Once the CD is built, of course, it can be imaged and re-used as needed with proper licensing.)

The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows can be found here
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