the best troubleshooting Utility I have ever used – Hirens Boot cd

Hiren’s BootCD 10.2
download link here – Version 10.2

All in One Bootable CD which has all these cool programs

Antivirus Tools

Dr.Web CureIt! Antivirus (2302)
a free standalone anti-virus and anti-spyware on-demand scanner
Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.6.2 (2302)
Application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.
SuperAntispyware 4.34 (2302)
Remove Malware, Rootkits, Spyware, Adware, Worms, Parasites (a must have tool)
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware 1.44 (2302)
anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware.
SpywareBlaster 4.2 (2302)
Prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
SmitFraudFix 2.424
This removes Some of the popular Desktop Hijack malware
ComboFix (2302)
Designed to cleanup malware infections and restore settings modified by malware
CWShredder 2.19
Popular CoolWebSearch Trojan Remover tool
RootkitRevealer 1.7.1
Rootkit Revealer is an advanced patent-pending root kit detection utility.

Backup Tools

DriveImageXML 2.13
backup any drive/partition to an image file, even if the drive is currently in use
GImageX 2.0.17
ImageX is used to backup/restore WIM images for Windows XP/Vista and Windows 7
Double Driver 3.0
Driver Backup and Restore tool
DriverBackup! 1.0.3
Another handy tool to backup drivers
InfraRecorder 0.50
An Open source CD/DVD burning software, also create/burn .iso images
FastCopy 1.99r4
The Fastest Copy/Delete Software on Windows
Smart Driver Backup 2.12
Easy backup of your Windows device drivers (also works from PE)
RegBak 1.0
a light-weight and simple utility to create backups of Windows registry files
WhitSoft File Splitter 4.5a
a Small File Split-Join Tool
Partition Saving 3.80
A tool to backup/restore partitions. (SavePart.exe)
COPYR.DMA Build013
A Tool for making copies of hard disks with bad sectors
Drive SnapShot 1.39
creates an exact Disk Image of your system into a file while windows is running.
Norton Ghost 11.5.1
Similar to Drive Image (with usb/scsi support)
Ghost Image Explorer 11.5.1
to add/remove/extract files from Ghost image file
DriveImage Explorer 5.0
to add/remove/extract files from Drive image file
ImageCenter 5.6 (Drive Image 2002)
Best software to clone hard drive
Acronis True Image 8.1.945
Create an exact disk image for complete system backup and disk cloning.


a powerful all in one utility
Award DMI Configuration Utility 2.43
DMI Configuration utility for modifying/viewing the MIDF contents.
!BIOS 3.20
a powerfull utility for bios and cmos
BIOS Cracker 5.0
BIOS password remover (cmospwd)
BIOS Utility 1.35.0
BIOS Informations, password, beep codes and more.
CMOS 0.93
CMOS Save / Restore Tool
a tiny utility to wipe cmos
UniFlash 1.40
bios flash utility

Browsers / File Managers

7-Zip 9.10b
File Manager/Archiver Supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, MSI, WIM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS formats
Explore2fs 1.08b
GUI explorer tool for accessing linux ext2 and ext3 filesystems under windows
Opera Web Browser 8.54
One of the fastest, smallest and smartest full-featured web browser
Volkov Commander 4.99
Dos File Manager with LongFileName/ntfs support (Similar to Norton Commander)
Dos Command Center 5.1
Classic dos-based file manager.
File Wizard 1.35
a file manager – colored files, drag and drop copy, move, delete etc.
File Maven 3.5
an advanced Dos file manager with high speed PC-to-PC file transfers via serial or parallel cable
FastLynx 2.0
Dos file manager with Pc to Pc file transfer capability
Dos Navigator 6.4.0
Dos File Manager, Norton Commander clone but has much more features.
Mini Windows 98
Can run from Ram Drive, with ntfs support, 7-Zip, Disk Defragmenter, Notepad / RichText Editor, Image Viewer, .avi .mpg .divx .xvid Movie Player, etc…
Mini Windows Xp
Portable Windows Xp that runs from CD/USB/Ram Drive, with Network and SATA support


CCleaner 2.28
Crap Cleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool
SpaceMonger 1.4
keeping track of the free space on your computer
a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows.

Hard Disk Tools

HDD Scan 3.2
HDDScan is a Low-level HDD diagnostic tool, it scans surface find bad sectors etc.
HDTune 2.55
Hard disk benchmarking and information tool.
Data Shredder 1.0
A tool to Erase disk and files (also wipe free space) securely
SeaTools for Dos
GUI 2.17 Text 1.10 versions to test Seagate or Maxtor Parallel ATA (PATA and IDE) and Serial ATA (SATA) interface disc drives
Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 11.2
for the installation of Western Digital EIDE Hard Drives
Western Digital Diagnostics (DLGDIAG) 5.04f
to quickly and efficiently verify the status of the drive
Maxtor PowerMax 4.23
designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor/Quantum hard drives
Maxtor amset utility 4.0
Utility for changing Acoustic Management on the hard drives
Fujitsu HDD Diagnostic Tool 7.00
to check IDE drives for possible defects/problems
Samsung HDD Utility(HUTIL) 2.10
The Drive Diagnostic Utility
Samsung Disk Diagnose (SHDIAG) 1.28
to diagnose the disk when suspected to have failures
Samsung ESTOOL 3.00g
Drive Diagnostic, Automatic Acoustic Management, Enable/Disable SMART etc
IBM Hitachi Drive Fitness Test 4.16
quickly and reliably tests SCSI, IDE and SATA drives
IBM Hitachi Feature Tool 2.15
allows you to control some of the features of the the HDD
Gateway GwScan 5.12
Gateway hard drive diagnostic utility
ExcelStor’s ESTest 4.50
ExcelStor hard disk diagnostic utility
Toshiba Hard Disk Diagnostic 2.00b
Toshiba hard drive diagnostic utility
Hard Disk Sentinel 0.04
Hard Disk health, performance and temperature monitoring tool.
Active Kill Disk 4.1.2393
Securely overwrites and destroys all data on physical drive.
SmartUDM 2.00
Hard Disk Drive S.M.A.R.T. Viewer.
Fujitsu IDE Low Level Format 1.0
Low Level Format Tool
Maxtor Low Level Formatter 1.1
Maxtor’s Low Level Format Utility works on any harddrive
WDClear 1.30
Restore/Erases the drive back to a factory condition
HDD Erase 4.0
Secure erase using a special feature built into most newer hard drives
Victoria 3.33e and 3.52rus
a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics
HDAT2 4.53
main function is testing and repair (regenerates) bad sectors for detected devices
MHDD 4.6
Precise diagnostic of the mechanical part of a drive, perform Low-level format, Bad Sector Sepair, access raw sectors, manage S.M.A.R.T. (SMART) and other drive parameters such as acoustic management, security, Host Protected Area, etc.
Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) 1.0.7
Completely deletes the contents of any hard disk it can detect
HDD Regenerator 1.71
to recover a bad hard drive

MBR (Master Boot Record) Tools

Grub4Dos installer 1.1
an universal boot loader GRUB for DOS installer
MBRWizard 2.0b
Directly update and modify the MBR (Master Boot Record)
MbrFix 1.3
To backup, restore, fix the boot code in the MBR
MBR Utility 1.05
to manipulate a drive’s master boot record (MBR) via the command line
DiskMan 4.2
all in one tool for cmos, bios, bootrecord and more
MBRWork 1.08
a utility to perform some common and uncommon MBR functions
MBRTool 2.3.200
backup, verify, restore, edit, refresh, remove, display, re-write…
BootFix Utility
Run this utility if you get ‘Invalid system disk’
BootSave and BootRest tools to save / restore MBR
Boot Partition 2.60
add Partition in the Windows NT/2000/XP Multi-boot loader
Smart Boot Manager 3.7.1
a multi boot manager

MultiMedia Tools

Picture Viewer 1.94
Picture viewer for dos, supports more then 40 filetypes.
QuickView Pro 2.58
movie viewer for dos, supports many format including divx.
MpxPlay 1.56
a small Music Player for dos

Ms Dos Tools

USB CD-Rom Driver 1
Standard usb_cd.sys driver for cd drive
Universal USB Driver 2
Panasonic v2.20 ASPI Manager for USB mass storage
ASUSTeK USB Driver 3
ASUS USB CD-ROM Device Driver Version 1.00
SCSI Support
SCSI Drivers for Dos
SATA Support
SATA Driver (gcdrom.sys) and JMicron JMB361 (xcdrom.sys) for Dos
1394 Firewire Support
1394 Firewire Drivers for Dos
Interlnk support at COM1/LPT1
To access another computer from COM/LPT port
Dos tools
Collection of dos utilities extract.exe pkzip.exe pkunzip.exe lha.exe gzip.exe uharcd.exe imgExtrc.exe xcopy.exe fdisk.exe fdisk2.exe fdisk3.exe lf.exe delpart.exe deltree.exe find.exe hex.exe debug.exe split.exe mem.exe smartdrv.exe xmsdsk.exe killer.exe share.exe scandisk.exe scanreg.exe guest.exe doskey.exe duse.exe move.exe setver.exe intersvr.exe interlnk.exe loadlin.exe lfndos.exe

Network Tools

Angry IP Scanner 2.21
Scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports
CurrPorts 1.80
displays the list of all currently opened TCP and UDP ports on your computer
TCPView 2.54
Lists TCP and UDP endpoints, including the Local/Remote addresses of TCP connections
Winsock 2 Fix for 9x
to fix corrupted Winsock2 information by poorly written Internet programs
XP TCP/IP Repair 1.0
Repair your Windows XP Winsock and TCP/IP registry errors

NTFS (FileSystems) Tools

NTFS4Dos 1.9
To access ntfs partitions from Dos
NTFS Dos 3.02
To access ntfs partitions from Dos
EditBINI 1.01
to Edit boot.ini on NTFS Partition
NTFS Dos Pro 5.0
To access ntfs partitions from Dos
Paragon Mount Everything 3.0
To access NTFS, Ext2FS, Ext3FS partitions from dos


Defragger 3.9a
Single-file-defrag, Partition-Backup/Restore, Safe Data-Erase, Clusterviewer
JkDefrag 3.36
Free disk defragment and optimize utility for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7
NT Registry Optimizer 1.1j
Registry Optimization for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista
PageDfrg 2.32
System file Defragmenter For NT/2k/XP

Other Tools

EasyUHA 1.0
GUI Tool to create and extract UHA Archives
FileDisk Mount Tool 25
to mount ISO/BIN/NRG/MDF/IMA images on windows.
Hex Editor provides tools to inspect and edit files, main memory, disks/disk images
NewSID 4.10
utility that changes the security ID (SID) for Windows NT, 2000 and XP
NTFS Access 2.1
Set NTFS permissions recursively and full access rights to a folder/file owner
Streams 1.56
Reveal/Delete NTFS alternate data streams
TightVNC 1.3.10
Cross-platform Remote Desktop Software to view/control remote pc with mouse and keyboard
Virtual Floppy Drive 2.1
enables you to create and mount a virtual floppy drive on your NT/2000/XP/Vista
DosCDroast beta 2
Dos CD Burning Tools
Universal TCP/IP Network 6.4
MSDOS Network Client to connect via TCP/IP to a Microsoft based network. The network can either be a peer-to-peer or a server based network, it contains 91 different network card drivers
Ghost Walker 11.5.1
utility that changes the security ID (SID) for Windows NT, 2000 and XP

Partition Tools

Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2.2
Free Partition Magic Alternative, Partition Resize/Move/Copy/Create/Delete/Format/Convert, Explore, etc.
USB Format Tool
Format/make bootable any USB flash drive to FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition.
Fat32 Formatter GUI 1.01
Windows XP cannot format a volume bigger than 32GB with FAT32
Ranish Partition Manager 2.44
a boot manager and hard disk partitioner.
The Partition Resizer 1.3.4
move and resize your partitions in one step and more.
Smart Fdisk 2.05
a simple harddisk partition manager
SPecial Fdisk 2000.03v
SPFDISK a partition tool.
eXtended Fdisk 0.9.3
XFDISK allows easy partition creation and edition
Super Fdisk 1.0
Create, delete, format partitions drives without destroying data.
Partition Table Editor 8.0
Partition Table and Boot Record Editor
Partition Magic Pro 8.05
Best software to partition hard drive
Acronis Disk Director 10.0.2160
Popular disk management functions in a single suite
Paragon Partition Manager 7.0.1274
Universal tool for partitions
Partition Commander 9.01
The safe way to partition your hard drive,with undo feature
GDisk 1.1.1
Complete replacement for the DOS FDISK utility and more.

Password Tools

TrueCrypt 6.3a
On-the-fly disk encryption tool, can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk, can also encrypt an entire HDD/Partition/USB Drive
Content Advisor Password Remover 1.01
It Removes Content Advisor Password from Internet Explorer
Password Renew 1.1
Utility to (re)set windows passwords
WindowsGate 1.1
Enables/Disables Windows logon password validation
WinKeyFinder 1.73
Allows you to View and Change Windows XP/2003 Product Keys, backup and restore activation related files, backup Microsoft Office 97, 2000 SP2, XP/2003 keys etc.
XP Key Reader 2.7
Can decode the XP-key on Local or Remote systems
ProduKey 1.40
Recovers lost the product key of your Windows/Office
WirelessKeyView 1.33
Recovers all wireless network keys (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by WZC
MessenPass 1.30
A password recovery tool that reveals the passwords of several instant messangers
Mail PassView 1.55
Recovers mail passwords of Outlook Express, MS Outlook, IncrediMail, Eudora, etc.
Asterisk Logger 1.04
Reveal passwords hidden behind asterisk characters.
Offline NT Password Changer 080526
utility to reset/unlock windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 administrator/user password.
utility to reset windows nt/2000/xp administrator/user password.
Hard Disk Password Utility
Active Password Changer 3.0.420
To Reset User Password on windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista (FAT/NTFS)

Process Tools

Dependency Walker 2.2
Checks for missing/invalid DLL/modules/functions for any exe/dll/ocx/sys.
IB Process Manager 1.04
a little process manager for 9x/2k, shows dll info etc.
Process Explorer 11.33
shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded
OpenedFilesView 1.46
View opened/locked files in your system, sharing violation issues
Pocket KillBox
can be used to get rid of files that stubbornly refuse to allow you to delete them
ProcessActivityView 1.10
Detailed process access information read/write/opened files etc
Unlocker 1.8.8
This tool can delete file/folder when you get this message – Cannot delete file: Access is denied, The file is in use by another program etc.

RAM (Memory) Testing Tools

Video Memory Stress Test 1.7.116
a tool to thoroughly test your video RAM for errors and faults
Windows Memory Diagnostic
a RAM Test tool
MemTest 1.0
a Memory Testing Tool
Memtest86+ 4.00
PC Memory Test

Recovery Tools

Recuva 1.35
Restore deleted files from Hard Drive, Digital Camera Memory Card, usb mp3 player…
Partition Find and Mount 2.3.1
Partition Find and Mount software is designed to find lost or deleted partitions
Restoration 3.2.13
a tool to recover deleted files
Unstoppable Copier 4.4
Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data.
TestDisk 6.11.3
Tool to check and undelete partition from Dos/Windows
PhotoRec 6.11.3
Tool to Recover File and pictures from Dos/Windows
Active Undelete 5.5
a tool to recover deleted files
GetDataBack for FAT/NTFS 4.0
Data recovery software for FAT/NTFS file systems
Active Partition Recovery 3.0
To Recover a Deleted partition.
Active Uneraser 3.0
To recover deleted files and folders on FAT and NTFS systems.
Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro 6.10
To Recover data that has been deleted/virus attack
DiyDataRecovery Diskpatch 2.1.100
An excellent data recovery software.
Prosoft Media Tools 5.0 v1.1.2.64
Another excellent data recovery software with many other options.

Registry Tools

RegScanner 1.80
Tool to find/search in the Registry of Windows
Registry Editor PE 0.9c
Easy editing of remote registry hives and user profiles
Registry Restore Wizard 1.0.4
Restores a corrupted system registry from Xp System Restore
Fix the Hard Drive Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system
Registry Reanimator 1.02
Check and Restore structure of the Damaged Registry files of NT/2K/XP
Registry Viewer 4.2
Registry Viewer/Editor for Win9x/Me/NT/2K/XP

Startup Tools

Autoruns 9.57
Displays All the entries from startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys, Explorer shell extensions,toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, Scheduled Tasks, Winsock, LSA Providers, Remove Drivers and much more which helps to remove nasty spyware/adware and viruses.
Silent Runners Revision 60
A free script that helps detect spyware, malware and adware in the startup process
Startup Control Panel 2.8
a tool to edit startup programs
Startup Monitor 1.02
it notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup
HijackThis 2.0.3b
a general homepage hijackers detector and remover and more

System Information Tools

PCI and AGP info Tool (2302)
The PCI System information & Exploration tool.
System Analyser 5.3w
View extensive information about your hardware
Navratil Software System Information 0.60.38
High-end professional system information tool
Astra 5.45
Advanced System info Tool and Reporting Assistant
HWiNFO 5.3.5
a powerful system information utility
SysChk 2.46
Find out exactly what is under the hood of your PC
CPU Identification utility 1.18
Detailed information on CPU (CHKCPU.EXE)
CTIA CPU Information 2.7
another CPU information tool
BlueScreenView 1.20
Scans minidump files for BSOD (blue screen of death) crash information
Drive Temperature 1.0
Hard Disk Drive temperature meter
PC Wizard 2010.1.93
Powerful system information/benchmark utility designed especially for detection of hardware.
SIW 2010-02-10
Gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings.
CPU-Z 1.53
It gathers information on some of the main devices of your system
GPU-Z 0.3.9
A lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU
PCI 32 Sniffer 1.4 (2302)
device information tool (similar to unknown devices)
UnknownDevices 1.4.20 (2302)
helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are
USBDeview 1.56
View/Uninstall all installed/connected USB devices on your system

Testing Tools

Disk Speed 1.0
Hard Disk Drive Speed Testing Tool
S&M Stress Test 1.9.1
cpu/hdd/memory benchmarking and information tool, including temperatures/fan speeds/voltages
IsMyLcdOK (Monitor Test) 1.02
Allows you to test CRT/LCD/TFT screens for dead pixels and diffective screens
System Speed Test 4.78
it tests CPU, harddrive, ect.
CPU/Video/Disk Performance Test 5.7
a tool to test cpu, video, and disk
Test Hard Disk Drive 1.0
a tool to test Hard Disk Drive
PC-Check 6.21
Easy to use hardware tests
Ontrack Data Advisor 5.0
Powerful diagnostic tool for assessing the condition of your computer
The Troubleshooter 7.02
all kind of hardware testing tool


Dial a Fix
Fix errors and problems with COM/ActiveX object errors and missing registry entries, Automatic Updates, SSL, HTTPS, and Cryptography service (signing/verification) issues, Reinstall internet explorer etc. comes with the policy scanner
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.1
A TweakUI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows Vista
TweakUI 2.10
This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows Xp
Xp-AntiSpy 3.97.9
it tweaks some Windows XP functions, and disables some unneeded Windows services quickly
Shell Extensions Manager (ShellExView) 1.45
An excellent tool to View and Manage all installed Context-menu/Shell extensions
Helpful tool when trying to remove viruses, spyware, and malware
RemoveWGA 1.2
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Removal tool
RRT – Remove Restrictions Tool 3.0
To Re-enable Ctrl+Alt+Del, Folder Options and Registry tools

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