Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows

UBCD4Win is a bootable CD which contains software that allows you to repair, restore, or diagnose almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the ultimate free hardware and software diagnostic tool. All software included in UBCD4Win are freeware utilities for Windows®. UBCD4Win is based on Bart's PE©. Bart's PE© builds a Windows® "pre-install" environment CD, basically Windows® booted from CD. We include many free hardware and software diagnostic tools that allow you to fix almost any problem you will face with your computer. With network support, the ability to modify NTFS volumes, recover deleted files, create new NTFS volumes, scan hard drives for viruses, etc. this project includes almost everything you need to repair your system problems. This project has been put together to be the ultimate recovery cd and not a replacement OS (Operating System). Please visit the "List of Tools" page for a complete list of what is included in the latest version of the project.

There are requirements for building this CD which can and may make it difficult for everyone to build the project. Please understand that these requirements and restrictions are due to copyright laws, etc. When starting this project I wanted it to be as easy as possible. I wanted it to be a simple ISO file download just like the original Ultimate Boot CD. I had to weigh the ease of build and functionality very carefully. After much thought and research I decided that Bart's PE© was the best way to accomplish this task. That decision required a different type of build and more steps for the end user. Yes more complicated, but I prefer to think of these additional steps in a positive way. We provide detailed instructions, email support, and the forum for help. Inexperienced users will feel a sense of accomplishment and gain knowledge when they successfully build the CD.
How did this project start?

This project was started because of requests from members of the original Ultimate Boot CD yahoo group. Several members wanted a "Windows®" version of the Ultimate Boot CD. After a few days no one had volunteered! So I decided that I had enough time to do this and it was my way to give something back to the computing community. The "true" and "pure" ideal of helping people quickly spread, after 2 1/2 years the project continues to grow.

April 2, 2004, I created the UBCDWindows group. The first few weeks consisted mostly of discussions on how to accomplish this. We had to decide what should be included and searched for great stuff. After searching and reading a lot of web pages I finally decided that Bart's PE© was the best option.
One of the first issues I saw was one of the requirements for Bart's PE©, an XP CD with SP1. I personally had upgraded to XP right when XP came out so I did not have SP1 on my XP CD. I found several solutions for this issue but manually slipstreaming required several applications and would add more complexity to the project. I didn't like this added complexity but figured we would be able to do something about that. A better solution was created and is discussed below.

April 20, 2004 was an exciting day for me, I launched this site. After a few days of getting everything setup I realizing it was easy to setup a forum. So I announced the imminent closing of the yahoo group and requested that everyone join the forum. The project and forum have grown since it's start. Member registrations continue to grow and new teams have been created to help the development and support of the project.

The slipstreaming problem needed addressed so I contacted one of my friends that is a programmer. Raptor was glad to help and we started working together on creating a slipstreaming application. We worked pretty hard for several weeks creating the application. Well, he did all the coding work and I just helped with testing, minor details, and the dialogue for the prompts. On July 9, 2004 we released AutoStreamer 1.0!!

February 23, 2006 is another great day in the history of this project. Only a week after starting a "donation rally" to purchase an OEM license for Bart PE©, we hit our goal!! We now own a license for Bart PE©! This has helped simplify the project in many ways. Now when you download the project it is ONE download. There are no extra or complicated extraction steps, no "extract this here....delete....extract here", etc. Having the license has given us the ability to change and simplify many other things also. I thank all the great users who helped us purchase the license in order to make it better and easier for EVERYONE!!

February 2007, another donation rally and another OEM license for the project!! Thanks to everyone who donated towards our RamDrive license. That annoying little "popup" asking people to purchase RamDrive or error screen are gone. This is a newer version with few restrictions and is capable of creating up to a 2 Gigabyte RamDrive. Thanks again everyone for helping to make the project better and easier for everyone.

April 3, 2007 yet more capabilities are added to UBCD4Win. After over a year of my development team working with BTS driverpacks driver team, BartPE support is added to the BTS driverpacks! I can't congratulate or thank the members of my development team that worked on this enough. Bashrat has a great driverpack that he has been working hard on for years and we greatly appreciate his help and support. Kudos to OverFlow for all of his work and time spent working on this implementation.

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