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Is OTL Windows 8 compatible?


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#1 AlexCa

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:56 AM

Hello,

 

Is OTL Windows 8 compatible?

 

If it's not, is there any similar software that has a public tutorial?

 

thanks!


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:34 AM

As far as I know, OTL does not officially support Windows 8 but it should run on that operating system and show in the header portion of the log as...

OTL by OldTimer - Version 3.2.69.0
64bit- An unknown product (Version = 6.2.9200) - Type = NTWorkstation
Internet Explorer (Version = 9.10.9200.16660)


RSIT (Random's System Information Tool) is an alternative to DDS and OLT....it comes in 32-bit, 64-bit versions.
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:27 PM

Hi,

 

OTL can be buggy with 64-bit and newer OSes, hence why not so many helpers so much anymore. It's still useable, but there are other tools which can do the same scanning (like RSIT and DDS) which quietman mentioned.

 

FRST is another tool which scans the same sort of areas and has scripting features too. It's somewhat different in how it works though, as in it's not quite a traditional scanning tool and is not very good at showing rootkits.

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:52 PM

However, DDS is not compatible with Windows 8.1 yet. I mention that for others reading this topic who may be using that OS.
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:46 AM

Thanks for the suggestions!

 

OTL seems to work fine here on Windows 8.1, but the fact that it doesn't officially support it is a concern.

Is there any plan for future releases of this tool?

 

FRST seems in fact the closer alternative.

 

Thanks.


Edited by AlexCa, 09 March 2014 - 01:07 AM.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:33 AM

From the home site of OTL -

 

OTL (or) OldTimer's List-It  had a current last minor update of : 08/27/2013

Added hidden files explanation under the "Preparation for use" section

The last "bigger" update was Updated 23 Jul 2012
 

Further information can be obtained from emeraldnzl here Geeks to Go as they host the program



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

Actually, FRST was designed as a tool to run in the Recovery Environment in Windows Vista and Windows 7 in order to diagnose and fix boot problems...hence the name Farbar Recovery Scan Tool.
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:07 PM

Here's the clarifying answer i got from the instructor "emeraldnzl" in Geeks To Go forum:

 

http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/277391-otl-tutorial-how-to-use-oldtimer-listit/page__st__165__gopid__2381605#entry2381605

 

OTL is no longer under development. At date there are no plans for future releases.


As far as Win 8 and Win 8.1 are concerned the tool was designed before their release so there can be no guarantees. Having said that, my experience is that it still scans both operating systems very well. Any changes made in those systems though are not catered for and so fixes, expecially involving the registry, would need to be approached with caution.

Warning: If you are uncertain about any items in an OTL log or about any fixes, you should seek expert help. 

Edited by AlexCa, 09 March 2014 - 07:08 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

Yes, OTL has NOT been updated with a new version build since 10/23/12, however, it has not been abandoned nor is it obsolete. OldTimer (the creator) advised in a private discussion topic that at some point there would not be any future releases but that does not mean OTL can no longer be used. It only means that the tool may not be effective against newer malware infections and may not run properly with new operating system releases it was not designed to support.

You originally just asked here if it was Windows 8 compatible.
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