The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows

From time to time I have need to work with some clients remotely on some data issues. I won’t go into it, but we simply couldn’t boot one client’s machine. So, I headed over to the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows to test drive it. Now, mind you, I had never used this app or installed it. And I was able to talk this client through the install on the phone and boot from the CD. Let’s take a look at this impressive Live CD.

To say that this CD is packed with helpful tools is an understatement. Here is the list:

Anti-Spyware Tools

 

aSquared Free

3.1.0.9

Scans remote hard drives for spyware, etc.

AdAware

1.06 SE

Scans remote hard drives for spyware, etc.

AVG AntiSpyware

 

 

CWShredder

2.16

Finds and removes traces of CoolWebSearch hijacker.

EzPCFix

??

Helpful tool when trying to remove viruses, spyware, other troublesome advertising programs, and malware from your computer.

HiJackThis

2

Helpful tool when trying to remove viruses, spyware, other troublesome advertising programs, and malware. Not as good as EzPCFix.

Rootkitty

?

Very new tool in development, searches a system for rootkits

Spy Bot

1.5.2

Effectively scans remote hard drives for spyware/malware!

Super AntiSpyware

 

Effectively scans remote hard drives for spyware/malware!

WinSock Fix

1.2

Used to repair WinSock errors

 

AntiVirus Tools

 

AVG Free

7.5.503

Excellent full featured freeware AntiVirus software

AVPersonal

7.04

Good full featured freeware AntiVirus software

Avast! Tool

1.0.211

Scans for a limited number of viruses

Kaspersky VRT

 

Free virus Removal Tool from Kaspersky

McAfee Stinger

2.6.0

Scans for a limited number of viruses

 

Applications

 

FireFox

2.0.0.11

Internet Browser

Irfanview

3.98

Compact image viewer

NotePad++

4.7.5

Powerful notepad replacement

Opera

9.25

Internet Browser

PDF Reader

1.3 B519

PDF viewer

Popcorn

1.74

Email Client

Scribe

1.87

Email Client

XPSetupLauncher

1.4

Allows you to perform unattended installs of XP from within BPE

 

CD Burning Applications

 

DeepBurner

1.5.1.192

Allows you to burn CD’s in the BPE environment.

DVD RAM

4.2.2

DVD Burning software

Express Burn

1.08

CD Burning software

SmallCD

1.12

CD Burning software

 

Commercial software Plugins -note-:requires license and files to build

 

Ghost

8

Excellent imaging software

Kaspersky AV

6

Awesome AV software <Plugins for Version 6 and 7>

 

Disk Tools

        -Backup/Cloning

 

CopyWipe

1.14

Copies and/or securely erases hard drives

Disk Copy

N/A

Floppy disk copier

Disk Image

1.15

Creates and restores images of disks to files

DriveImage XML

1.18

Hard drive backup and cloning

ImgMaker

1.1

Create backup images of your Hard drive, no longer supported?

RawCopy

1.0

Used to transfer data directly to another drive when the original is faulty

SelfImage

1.1

Hard drive backup and cloning

 

        -Defrag

 

AusLogics Defrag

1.4.11.275

Hard disk defragmenter

Defraggler

1.1.0.50

Hard drive defragmenter

Dirms

1.2.20

Comand Line utility to defragement your entire drive

 

        -Diagnostic

 

Bst5

5.1.4

Bart’s Stuff test. Small Win32 application for long time heavily stress testing storage devices. Supports testing at file and device levels.

chkdsk

N/A

 

DskChkup

1.1B1005

Allows you to monitor the SMART attributes of a hard drive

Disk Check

1.0.75

Utility to check disks for errors and benchmarking

HDTune

2.5

Hard disk utility that will: Benchmark, Error scan, display temperature, SMART heatlh information and provide other hard drive information

WinDLG

1.02

Western Digital HDD diagnostic software for Windows

 

        -Partition

 

Boot Build

1.0

Create, import, or export your boot sector, useful when damaged by viruses or physical damage

MbrFix

1.0.0.5

Fix or create Master boot record

MBRWiz

1.52

Master Boot Record Wizard

TestDisk

6.9

Tool to check and undelete partitions

 

        -Security

 

CCleaner

2.03.543

 

Drive Erase

1.02

Permanently erases data from hard disks, removable media, partitions, files and folders.

Disk Wipe

1.1

Securely wipes data from discs

Eraser

5.7

Completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns

Index.dat Suite

2.8.6

A unique program that allows you not only to delete the index.dat files, temporary internet files, temp files, cookies and history, but it also allows you to view the index.dat files on your system.

 

File Management

        -Compression

 

IZArc

3.5 B3

Popular freeware compression tool.

7-Zip

4.57

Popular freeware compression tool.

 

        -Explorers

 

a43

2.45

File management

Agent Ransack

1.73

File search

freeCommander

2007.10a

File management

Space Monger

1.4

Graphical disk usage viewer tool.

Tiny Hexer

1.6.0.2

Hex editor

WinDir Stat

1.1

Disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool

xplorer2 Lite

1.3.0.2

EXCELLENT File management tool!!

 

        -Recovery

 

DBXtract

4.5

Repairs PST files for Outlook express

Disk Investigator

1.31

Display the true drive contents by bypassing the operating system and directly reading the raw drive sectors. View and search raw directories, files, clusters, and system sectors. Verify the effectiveness of file and disk wiping programs. Undelete previously deleted files

Fab’s AutoBackup

1.2

Backup and restore personal settings like emails, documents, internet browser bookmarks

File Recovery

4.0

Data recovery for damaged files and erased partitions

Floppy Repair

1.0

Eliminates bad sectors of Floppy disk surface, does not hide bad sectors in the file system, as Scandisk like utilities, it really restores them

Free Undelete

1.0

Data recovery program for deleted files

Handy Recovery

1.0

Designed to restore files accidentally deleted from hard disks and floppy drives

Recovery Manager

1.5

Backup & Restore, Duplicate, Recover files accidentally deleted or from corrupted media, and Format Digital Flash Media

Recuva

1.10.223

File recovery program

Restoration

2.5.14

File Recovery, restore files that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin

UnChk

3

Recover CHK files

Swiss Knife

3.21

Useful tool to create, delete, and format partitions

Unstop Copier

1.9

Recovers files from disks with physical damage

 

Games                                                                              sorry, no sound

 

Arcade!

3.1.0.1

PacMan, Pong, Snake, Space Invaders, Tetris

MS Games

n/a

Freecell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Pinball, Spider

Same Game

1.0.0.1

Puzzle game

 

Linux Tools

 

Explore2fs

1.00

Allows exploration of Linux partitions in the Windows environment

R-Linux

1.0

Recovery utility for the Ext2FS file system

 

MultiBoot Tools

 

MemTest86+

2.0

Memory tester

Vista Recovery Console

n/a

Recovery console for Windows Vista

 

Network Tools

 

FileZilla

3.0.4.1

FTP Client

IP Sniffer

1.91.6

Fast IP scanner for Windows

IPScan

2.21

Fast IP scanner for Windows

LAN Monitor

1.3.5

Karen’s

NetStumbler

0.4

Find wireless networks

Network ConfigTool

n/a

Tom’s Network ConfigTool, to help setup network configuration settings before building UBCD4Win

NIC Speed

1.3

Bart’s

nwdskpe

 

Novell’s NetWare Client to access NetWare servers by IP/IPX

Putty

.60

Implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator

Real VNC Server

4.1.2

Remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer

Quick ‘n Easy FTP Server

3.1

Easy FTP Server

Tight VNC Viewer

1.2.9

Remote control software package

UltraVNC

1 RC18

Remotely control a computer over any TCP/IP connection

VNC Neighborhood

1.1.9

VNC server TCP scanner, uses Microsoft Windows Networking features to locate computers in Microsoft Windows domains and workgroups

 

Password Tools

 

cmos

4.6

Find your CMOS password and/or replace it

PasswordPro

2.4.0.2

MD5, MD4, MySQL, SHA-1 hashes password recovery, password keeper, password generator, hash generator, dictionary generator, etc

Sala Password Renew

1.1 B

(re)set the passwords of any user that has a valid local account, create a new local user with administrator rights, and set administrator rights to existing user on your NT system

 

Registry Tools

 

Erunt

1.1i

Emergency Recovery Utility -Registry backup and restore

Fix HDC

n/a

Fix the Hard Drive Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system, possible replacement for Fix IDE?

Fix IDE

n/a

Fix the IDE Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system

RegBrws

1.2.2

Browses local/remote system registry using a specified account

RegCleaner

 

 

RegResWiz

1.0.0.4

Wizard that restores the registry to previous saved states

RegShot

 

 

ServicesPE

 

 

Windows Registry Analyzer

 

 

 

Shell Features

 

ASPI

N/A

CD Support

AutoRun

N/A

BPE functionality

atapi_824146

N/A

XP Patch

BartPE

5.1.4

small win32 application for long term heavy stress testing storage devices at the file and device level

CHM, HLP, WSH, USB Support

n/a

All features are supported/available thanks to the “core” of UBCD4Win

dcomlaunch

n/a

Launch DComLaunch service first -for SP2

Dialup

n/a

Ability to use your modem, you will need to create a modem driver plugin for your particular model. Email me for support, I will try to help

DosPE

1.0.6

DOS 16-bit support

GeoShell

N/A

Adds more “XP” feel, enhanced startbutton, quicklaunch, taskbar, etc.

Keyboard support

 

Keyboard mapping and “Onscreen keyboard”

MMC Update

2.0

Microsoft Management Console

mstsc

N/A

Remote desktop client

Mouse support

 

PS/2, Serial, and USB mouse support

nu2menu

 

Menu system

peinst

 

HD installation tool for PE

penetcfg

 

PE Network Configurator

PPOE2k3

 

PPPOE dialup network support for Win 2k3

PPOEXP

 

PPPOE dialup network support for XP

RAM Profiles

1.0

Creates a profiles in the RAM drive which allows several tools to work properly

UnxUtils

 

GNU utilities for Win32

VBdlls

5.0&6.0

Visual Basic DLL’s, makes these runtime dll’s available in PE

 

System Information Tools

 

        – Benchmark Tools

 

CPU Bench

4.0.06

CPU benchmarking software

Dead Pixel Tester

2.30

Used to help dead pixels on your LCD/TFT monitor

MemTest

3.2

Memory tester, please read manual.htm for instructions and advice

P95

23.8

Prime95, stress tester, popular with overclockers

Quick Bench

 

 

StraightMark

1.2.1

System benchmarking tool

 

        -Information & Diagnostic Tools

 

CPUz

2.44

Gathers information on some of the main devices in a system

Driver Wizard

 

 

KeyFinder

1.41

Will find your Windows installation key, both the PE and Windows versions are included

Nero InfoTool

3.0

Detailed drive and system information for your CD/DVD drives

SpeedFan

 

 

System Info

1.73

Provides detailed system information, network info., etc.

Unknown Devices

1.2

Helps discover what unknown devices in Device Manager really are

WinAudit

1.3

Audits your software and hardware configurations

WinCPUID

3.3

Displays the CPU information: Shows Frequency, Multiplier, Chipset Info. etc

WUL

1.21

Windows Update list, lists updates and patches installed on a system

 

UBCD4Win Exclusive Tools

 

The “Core”

n/a

An extremely complex “plugin” that provides a lot of additional XP functionality to UBCD4Win. Many of the “old” plugins have been consolidated into this “core” such as keyboard, onscreen keyboard, USB support, WSH support, and so much more!!

RamDrive

 

Purchased OEM license for the RamDrive driver. Provides up to a 2 Gigabyte RAM drive for UBCD4Win

Tom’s MyInfo

n/a

Similar to BGInfo in the fact that it displays system information on the desktop

RunScanner

1.0.0.20

Registry redirector plugin developed by Paraglider. Used for launching spyware detector programs and has been tested with SpySweeper and Ad-Aware

Joshua’s Localization

n/a

German language support and an easy way to change almost all dialogue to your native language

 

Can you say impressive? I really like how it has networking and even internet browsing included. This allowed me to connect remotely back to the machine after reboot and continue diagnosis. Great CD!