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Serious Computer Tools


If you are not sure of what you are doing, now it the time to return to the Home page. You can do some serious damage to your data with some of these tools. Read the pages on each one BEFORE using them.

HiRens

I love HiRens! I have been using it for over 15 years now. You need to reset an admin password? Meet HiRens.

Time marches on. Modern computer boot with UEFI or EFI. HiRens 15.3 and earlier use BIOS or Legacy boot. HiRens also does not support x64 very well. No worries. HiRens has been updated!

The new version of HiRens can be found here: https://www.hirensbootcd.org/. Clean new look. New tools. New builder. You will need the download, https://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ (the link is near the bottom) and the USB installer https://www.hirensbootcd.org/usb-booting/.

Important safety feature! I always make sure the only USB drive I have connected to my computer is the target I am going to build as HiRens. Making a bootable USB erases everything on the drive. You don't want to lose the baby's first birthday party pictures to fix a computer.


Legacy HiRens

HiRens Boot CD http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd. My favorite utility CD. More than 30 different tools for just about everything that could go wrong on a computer. It is a liveCD that boots into either Linux, DOS, or WindowsPE1). Offers several hard drive utilities, several image tools, several partition tools and password reset tools. My goto tool.

The HiRens Discussion Forum. There are 14 pages of utilities on the HiRens CD. Help is essential.

Using HiRens to Change Passwords

Using HiRens to Recover Files from a Dead Computer.

GEGeek Toolkit http://www.gegeek.com/ I am in the process of testing the GEGeek ToolKit. It looks like an expanded version of the HiRens CD.

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Windows PE is the preboot environment that is on a Windows installer CD/DVD. Someone discovered that you could run other programs in this Windows environment without needing a Windows license. Looks like Windows, acts like Windows, is not Windows.