A Free One CD Windows XP Boot Disk and Repair and Recovery Tool

I haven’t posted many tech tips lately, but I have a great one today. Here’s something that looks pretty cool that I learned from Fred Langa’s column and newsletter.
Fred enthuses about BartPE, a free (as Fred mentions many times in his column) pre-installed environment that gives you what he calls a “zero-footprint installation of XP.” He notes that Bart Lagerweij, the author, describes it as “a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800×600), and FAT/NTFS/CDFS file system support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no operating system, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan, and so on. This will replace any DOS bootdisk in no time!”
Here’s the money quote:
“This means that if your PC won’t boot from its hard drive for some reason, you can use a BartPE CD to start the system, grab files off the hard drive (even if the drive is formatted in NTFS), ship the files to another PC on the network for safekeeping, and then use the tools either on the CD or on the hard drive to effect recovery or repair of the damaged system.”
And it’s free.
Very interesting, no? Check out Fred’s column for all the details and links.
{originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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