Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD

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Ultimate Boot CDIf you ever find yourself needing to diagnose a sick PC, one of the most useful tools is the Ultimate Boot CD. As the name implies, it's a complete bootable operating system (based on Linux, naturally) with a whole host of pre-installed troubleshooting tools for when your computer won't start up properly into its installed OS.

Just download Ultimate Boot CD from http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ and burn it to a CD or DVD disk. Then boot the unhappy computer from that CD to gain instant and direct access to all the useful tools. You can check CPU, memory and disk, and access the file system if you need to delete a dodgy file or driver that has been preventing Windows from starting normally.

And if the computer is so messed-up that a reinstall of Windows is the only option, Ultimate Boot CD lets you get at the documents on the computer so that you can copy them elsewhere before the reinstall.

Ultimate Boot CD is a 624 MB download. Is it malware-free? Almost certainly, but because it only ever boots directly into a separate Linux installation it doesn't actually matter. It's free. And it was last updated in September 2016, so if your existing version is older than a couple of months you should probably refresh it now, while you still have a working computer from which to do so. You never know when you might need it.

For people having problems with download, here is a bit of information, which should be helpful.

If you don't want to see ads, please download an adblocker extension for your browse. AdBlock Plus, and ublock origin are two really good ones. It's a must nowadays.

As for the download page, here it is:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

When you scroll down the page, you will see two choices from where you can download the ISO. One is P2P, which is for downloading via torrent, and for that a magnet link is provided. Rather than the suggestion provided there of utorrent, I will suggest Tixati, which is clean and free.

Second option is of Mirror Sites, from where, you can download the ISO normally. Remember to click on the first column of the table, which contains "iso", with an icon of download, which should start the download from any of the sites.

 

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Thank you. One should also be aware of this note from their website though:

"Note that booting a USB memory stick requires BIOS support and is only available on newer machines. You can also expect to encounter more compatibility issues compared to booting from a CD, and *some tools may not work properly when run from a USB memory disk*."
(emphasis mine)

Forgive me for saying so, but I believe you are being overly anticipatory and cautious. Why don't you go ahead and boot UBCD from a USB drive and proceed from there? No harm would come from it. If you encounter any problems then we will deal with it from there.

It has been more than ten years since USB memory sticks first became bootable. So in the unlikely event that your computer is so old or simple that it doesn't have BIOS support for booting from a USB memory stick then there are free programs to help provided you have a bootable removable drive like an optical drive (CD/DVD/BD) or floppy disk.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-drive-even-if-your-bios-wont-let-you/

 

Is it appropriate to ask here which one of these sorts of programs is the best one that will go on a USB stick. I'm running into a lot of computers today that do not have optical drives.

Ultimate Boot CD also supports creating a bootable UBCD memory stick Prof. Jewell. Check out "Making UBCD memory stick" on this page: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/customize.html

I downloaded twice from 2 different locations but I always get a Chinese version...
How to get the English one?

Aside from the download location, has anyone used it yet? There is where my curiosity lies.
Thank you!

There is confusion trying to figure out how to download because there are so many ads on the page that are distracting, and lead you off to some gnarly sites that make you want to run all your malware scans. As mentioned above by Midnight Cowboy, the 'Download UBCD" in the PINK table of content box takes you where you need to go. Scroll down on that page to the table of mirror sites, and pick one.

Alternatively, one can find a safe and unambiguous download of whatever the current version at either Softpedia - http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Ultimate-Boot-CD.shtml or MajorGeeks - http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ultimate_boot_cd_(ubcd).html .

What an awful pain navigating different download mirrors to actually find the iso! Even the Stalwart Major Geeks was unusable.

Downloaded no problem thanks for the reminder

This site sucks big time!

And why is that?

The red box download link doesn't go anywhere. Too many ads to contend with. This seems to be a big pain.

If you don't want to see ads, please download an adblocker extension for your browse. AdBlock Plus, and ublock origin are two really good ones. It's a must nowadays.

As for the download page, here it is:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

When you scroll down the page, you will see two choices from where you can download the ISO. One is P2P, which is for downloading via torrent, and for that a magnet link is provided. Rather than the suggestion provided there of utorrent, I will suggest Tixati, which is clean and free.

Second option is of Mirror Sites, from where, you can download the ISO normally. Remember to click on the first column of the table, which contains "iso", with an icon of download, which should start the download from any of the sites.

Edit: I have added the above information to the article, for convenience of others. I hope Robert is fine with it.

Works fine for me. A browser's ability to navigate links (in Windows at any rate) is dependent on how you have it configured, what add-ons might be installed, what third party security software you have, and how those are configured. MC - Site Manager.

If you look at page there's a red box on left side...Table of Contents...scroll down and there are a couple of download choices. I chose Download UBCD (think those were initials). Click that and you'll be taken to page with a lot of download choices, including the one you want.

Rescatux is another good one. It's a much smaller download, but fewer utilities. I use it to diagnose hard drives and memory, and erase Windows passwords, but mainly to get back my grub. Search for supergrubdisk

Under "Table of Content" on the left side of the page is a link "Download UBCD". On this page you can choose how to download. The torrent option is preferred. MC - Site Manager.
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No download link on the page. i hit all there was to hit no download. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

could not find the download link on the site.