Keep This Free Bootable Rescue CD To Hand


Ultimate Boot CDIf Windows is suffering from serious problems, sometimes the only option to fix a computer is to boot into another operating system. For just such occasions, one tool that you should keep to hand is a CD to which you've burned a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD software, otherwise known as UBCD.

UBCD is, as the name suggests, a bootable disc. You can download it as an .ISO image file from: but be aware that it runs to around 620 MB.

Once you've downloaded the file, you'll probably want to burn it to a bootable CD or DVD disk. When you need it, just pop it into the troublesome computer and boot from the CD or DVD drive instead of the hard disk.

You may then find, for example, that you can access and rescue files via the inbuilt Linux OS that were not accessible from the broken Windows installation. You can thus copy off the files before attempting any further or riskier repairs.

The UBCD boots straight into a helpful menu so you can explore the options. One of these is PartEd, which is a graphical Linux-based disk partition editor, virus scanner and file manager. So it's great for fixing machines when Windows simply won't let you in.

The Ultimate Boot CD is free, so download and burn a copy now. You might need it in the future. And if you have an older copy lying around, note that it was recently updated so you may wish to refresh your existing disc.

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what about System Rescue

For me better to keep full images of boot drive via Macrium Reflect and run its boot media for restore.

Thanks MUCH for the UBCD, maybe now I can rescue that Toshiba that's gathering dust in the corner. Pete

Several times I've used Rescatux (Tux is the Linux mascot). It's a smaller download and doesn't have an antivirus that I know of, but has hard disk utilities, some of the usual fixes like a Windows password remover, and a rudimentary Linux operating system. It includes SuperGrub2 which fixes dual boots that Windows has screwed up so you can't boot Linux.

On UBCD, GParted is just a partition editor; the virus scanner and file manager are separate programs.

I've always used UBCD and Hirens as my go to bootable CD's for repairs and performing various tasks, but unfortunately they are not much use these days on UEFI PC's with Secure Boot enabled.

I've not run across any that didn't allow you to disable secure boot?