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Ultimate Boot CD

The FREE Ultimate Boot CD is a large collection (over 150) of helpful diagnostic and technical tools all available from one bootable CD (or USB flash drive).

You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:

The CD has tools covering: BIOS, CPU, Boot Management, Data Recovery, Device Info and Management, Diagnosis, Disk Cloning, Disk Editing, Disk Wiping, Installation, Partition Management, Memory, as well as some additional Miscellaneous tools.

Useful Software

Warning: Please ensure you virus scan any files you download before use. Also, some of the installation packages will offer you "other free" software, so tick/untick as needed.

Final Note: Windows can be installed as a 32bit or 64bit Operating System, therefore you need to be aware of which version you are using and then download and install the correct version of the software listed, i.e. x32 or x64. Also, we have taken the assumption you are using Windows 10, if not you will need to check compatibility with your version of Windows. https://whatsmyos.com will help you in determining your Windows version.

Applications
Name Description
Calibre Calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.
FreeCAD FreeCAD is designed to fit a wide range of uses including product design, mechanical engineering and architecture. Whether you are a hobbyist, a programmer, an experienced CAD user, a student or a teacher, you will feel right at home with FreeCAD.
GIMP GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.
GnuCash GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.
Gramps Gramps is a free genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.
LibreOffice LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Diagrams/FlowCharts, Database, Formula Editor, and Charts) that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market.
ProjectLibre Community Edition ProjectLibre is the leading open source alternative to Microsoft Project. ProjectLibre is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 and 2010 files.
Stellarium Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
VirtualBox VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.



Audio/Video Tools
Name Description
Audacity Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Avidemux Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
BD3D2MK3D BD3D2MK3D is a GUI to convert movies from 3D Blu-Ray's to 3D MKV video files in Full or Half Side by Side, Top & Bottom or Frame sequential format, encoded in h264 with x264 (or in h265 with x265).
DVDStyler DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus. It is Open Source Software and is completely free.
Exact Audio Copy Exact Audio Copy is a so called audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives. It is free (for non-commercial purposes), and it works with a technology, which reads audio CDs almost perfectly. If there are any errors that can’t be corrected, it will tell you on which time position the (possible) distortion occurred, so you could easily control it with e.g. the media player.
FindVUK Online Database Here you can get an keydb.cfg file that can be used for bluray playback with e.g. VLC or many other applications.
Handbrake HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
LAME LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL (last update October 2017). This is used by Exact Audio Copy, and Audacity. The compiled downloads, along with other encoders, can be found at: http://rarewares.org/index.php.
Leawo Blu-ray Player A free Blu-ray disc player for Windows (as no native support within Windows). Has some limitations, but it's free!
MakeMKV MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video (DVD, Blu-Ray, UHD) that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called "transcoder". It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters. There are many players that can play MKV files nearly on all platforms, and there are tools to convert MKV files to many formats, including DVD and Blu-ray disc.
MKVToolNix MKVToolNix is a set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files (.MKV) under Linux, other Unices and Windows.
MP3Tag Mp3tag is a powerful and easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of audio files. It supports batch tag-editing of ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE Tags for multiple files at once covering a variety of audio formats. Furthermore, it supports online database lookups from, e.g., Discogs, MusicBrainz or freedb, allowing you to automatically gather proper tags and download cover art for your music library.
Shark007's Codec solutions When you download a video or audio file on your computer, the computer needs a Codex (i.e. a format decoder) to play it. Shark007 has created a frount-end to install and manage numerous Codex's on your PC.
Shotcut Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor which supports hundreds of audio and video formats and codecs.
Subtitle Edit Subtitle Edit is a free (open source) editor for video subtitles.
VLC Media Player VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
VLC Media Player Blu-Ray Hack Wonder how to get your VLC 3.0 to play encrypted blu-ray discs?



Programming
Name Description
android studio Android Studio provides the fastest tools for building apps on every type of Android device.
Assembler (for Windows) The "Go" Tools: If you are interested in 32-bit or 64-bit programming for Windows, you will find everything you need here including an Assembler, a Resource Compiler, Linker, Symbolic Debugger, and links to Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), a Help Compiler, Information about Windows and Header Files (include files).
C & C++ The GNU Compiler Collection includes front ends for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Ada, Go, and D, as well as libraries for these languages (libstdc++,...). GCC was originally written as the compiler for the GNU operating system. The GNU system was developed to be 100% free software, free in the sense that it respects the user's freedom.
Free Pascal Free Pascal is a 32, 64 and 16 bit professional Pascal compiler. It can target many processor architectures: Intel x86 (including 8086), AMD64/x86-64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, SPARC, ARM, AArch64, MIPS and the JVM. Supported operating systems include Linux, FreeBSD, Haiku, Mac OS X/iOS/iPhoneSimulator/Darwin, DOS (16 and 32 bit), Win32, Win64, WinCE, OS/2, MorphOS, Nintendo GBA, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Android, AIX and AROS. Additionally, support for the Motorola 68k architecture is available in the development versions.
FreeBASIC The FreeBASIC project is a set of cross-platform development tools, consisting of a compiler, GNU-based assembler, linker and archiver, and supporting runtime libraries, including a software-based graphics library. The compiler, fbc, currently supports building for i386-based architectures on the DOS, Linux, Windows and Xbox platforms. The project also contains thin bindings (header files) to some popular 3rd party libraries such as the C runtime library, Allegro, SDL, OpenGL, GTK+, the Windows API and many others, as well as example programs for many of these libraries.
GnuCOBOL GnuCOBOL (formerly OpenCOBOL) is a free COBOL compiler. cobc translates COBOL source to executable using intermediate C, designated C compiler and linker.
MySQL Community Edition MySQL Community Edition is the freely downloadable version of the world's most popular open source database. It is available under the GPL license and is supported by a huge and active community of open source developers.
Python Whether you're new to programming or an experienced developer, it's easy to learn and use Python. Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development, as well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together.
Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch is free and designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers.
Visual Studio Community 2019 Visual Studio is Microsofts development toolset, and is a rich IDE for creating non-enterprise apps for Android, iOS, Windows, web, and cloud. The Community edition if free for home use.
Xcode + SwiftUI This innovative new way to build user interfaces across all Apple platforms let you create better apps with less code.



Security
Name Description
Autoruns This utility (which is part of the Microsoft SysInternals Suite), has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and when you start various built-in Windows applications like Internet Explorer, Explorer and media players.
Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) A hard drive disk wipe and data clearing utility, Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot image that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN is appropriate for bulk or emergency data destruction.
Eraser Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016. Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.
Kaspersky Free Free Antivirus & Basic Protection For Your PC. Helps protect your PC from viruses, Blocks dangerous files & apps, and Warns you about suspicious websites.
Malwarebytes The free version is an on-demand (i.e. only scans when you run it), malware scanner for your devices. Handy to have as a second-line defence, as some has proven to find and deal with Malware which some Anti-Virus products can handle.
Tor Browse Privately. Explore Freely. Defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.
VeraCrypt VeraCrypt is a free open source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.



Utility
Name Description
7Zip Windows now natively supports .zip files (compressed folders), however as you are aware there are many more compression formats out there than the old pkzip format, therefore 7Zip is the tool you need to deal with compressed archives.
AutoRun AutoRun.exe is a Win32 executable program intended for use with the Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, and XP AutoRun facility. Old and discontinued, but still a useful tool, Direct Link.
Bleachbit When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more.
Bulk Rename Utility File renaming software for Windows. Bulk Rename Utility is free of charge for personal, private use, at home. Bulk Rename Utility allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria. Add date/time stamps, replace numbers, insert text, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and sub-folders....plus a whole lot more!
CDBurnerXP CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free.
Clonezilla Clonezilla is a free open sourced partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image or Norton Ghost.
Deluge Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross-platform BitTorrent client.
Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely uninstall AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders and files, driver store). Very useful for tidying up a failed driver install.
Duplicate File Finder The easiest way to sort through images, music, videos and other personal files to remove duplicate copies and free up disk space.
EaseUS Todo Clone Software Sector by Sector Clone EaseUS Todo clone software, as you may have heard of for long, provides all-in-one computer backup and disk cloning solutions for home and office users, small to medium businesses and large companies.
FastStone Image Viewer An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and camera raw files. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.
FBackup FBackup is a versatile backup software free for both commercial and personal use.
FileZilla The FileZilla Client not only supports FTP, but also FTP over TLS (FTPS) and SFTP. It is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Free Download Manager Free Download Manager for macOS and Windows allows you to adjust traffic usage, organize downloads, control file priorities for torrents, efficiently download large files and resume broken downloads. FDM can boost all your downloads up to 10 times, process media files of various popular formats, drag&drop URLs right from a web browser as well as simultaneously download multiple files! Our internet download manager is compatible with the most popular browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Font Xplorer Lite Font Xplorer Lite is a (discontinued) free and easy to use font viewer program. One of Roger Skidmore's favourites.
HWiNFO Comprehensive Hardware Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting for Windows and DOS. From a quick overview unfolding into the depth of all hardware components.
icq ICQ is a cross-platform instant messaging and VoIP client. The name ICQ derives from the English phrase "I Seek You". Started in 1996, and still going!
ImDisk Toolkit This tool will let you mount image files of hard drive, cd-rom or floppy, and create one or several ramdisks with various parameters. This all-in-one package includes the ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver (2.0.9), the DiscUtils library that extends the number of supported image file formats, and adds several GUIs and features.
ImgBurn ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application, which will read, write and create image files. ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.
MailWasher Free Use this powerful spam blocker software to effectively stop email spam. MailWasher is free to use and won’t ever expire. It works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, EM Client and every other email program.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free All-inclusive free partition manager to organize disk partitions to get the best of your hard drive.
NirSoft Utilities NirSoft web site provides a unique collection of small and useful freeware utilities, all of them developed by Nir Sofer. Including: Password Recovery, Network Monitoring Tools, Internet Related Utilities, System Tools, etc.
Notepad++ Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
PeaZip Cross-platform, full-featured but user-friendly alternative to WinRar, WinZip and similar general purpose archive manager applications, open and extract 180+ archive formats: 001, 7Z, ACE(*), ARC, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, DMG, GZ, ISO, LHA, PAQ, PEA, RAR, TAR, UDF, WIM, XZ, ZIP ZIPX. Has a better GUI than 7Zip.
PC Decrapifier The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to suggest and remove unwanted software. It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with new PCs.
PuTTY PuTTY is a free client program for the SSH, Telnet and Rlogin network protocols. These protocols are all used to run a remote session on a computer, over a network. PuTTY implements the client end of that session: the end at which the session is displayed, rather than the end at which it runs.
RMPrepUSB A useful tool to check the reliabilty of USB flash drives, as well creating bootable USB flash drives.
Rufus Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. Very handy for writing .ISOs correctly to oversized memory sticks!
SD Card Formatter It is strongly recommended to use the SD Memory Card Formatter to format SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards rather than using formatting tools provided with individual operating systems. In general, formatting tools provided with operating systems can format various storage media including SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards, but it may not be optimized for SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards and it may result in lower performance.
SyncBack Free Windows Backup Software that is free for personal, educational, charity, government, and commercial use. Note: The free version is available from the Downloads section, not the front-page (which doesn't mention it!)
SysInternals The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. An excellent selection of utilities by Microsoft for free!
TeamViewer TeamViewer allows you to remotely access and control the desktop of your computers and servers from anywhere, on a 3G or better internet connection. This access is device agnostic and completely secure. Free for personnal use.
TestDisk TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software: certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table).
Ultimate Windows Tweaker Ultimate Windows Tweaker is like a TweakUI for Windows 10. While you may be able to access all these via the Windows 10 Settings app, the Registry Editor or the Group Policy Editor, Ultimate Windows Tweaker makes things easier for you by offering all useful tweaks from its single UI. However, use with caution! For: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 & Vista
Undercover10 Undercover10 is a small program to easily print Bluray, DVD and CD covers. It supports JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP formats and can automatically scale Bluray, DVD, CD, Game Console covers and CD/DVD labels to the correct size.
UnLock IT Are you struggling with the Windows message that access to resource is denied, or it's in use by another program when you try to modify, rename, move or delete a file or folder? In most cases this message means that a file or folder is locked, but it's not really clear what to do without an assistance. EMCO UnLock IT can provide you with such assistance and help you to unlock file or folder.
USB Image Tool USB Image Tool can create images of USB flash drives and MP3 players, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you switch between images with different music styles on your MP3 Player or to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.
WinDirStat WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows.
xplorer2 All the shell goodies from windows explorer — none of the hassle! The free lightweight version of xplorer2 offers dual panes and folder tabs for efficient and trouble-free desktop file management. The free version can be found here.

Useful Web Resources

This section has a selection of websites and web-resources which you might find interesting.

Useful Web Resources
Date Description
Avery Design & Print With Avery Design & Print, creating quality personalized products has never been easier. Just choose a template, customize your product and then print it yourself or let us print it for you. Even better, you can do it from any device, anytime, anywhere. No download required.
Duolingo An online (also via smartphone app) tool for helping you in learning a new language. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.
Have I Been Pwned? Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.
How-To Geek How-To Geek is an online technology magazine. We’re not a website for geeks—we are the geeks. We’re the people you turn to when your computer isn’t working right, you need to do something technical, or you want to understand the latest gadgets. We explain it all in simple, approachable terms. When providing instructions, we use a copious amount of screenshots that make technical processes easy to follow. How-To Geek is for everyone.
Isle of Wight PC User Group The Isle of Wight PC User Group's website.
PDFescape A new way to open and edit PDF files online, PDFescape frees users from the typical software requirements for using the de facto document file format. Completely online, PDFescape requires no more than a modern internet browser and an active internet connection. Select any of the major features below to learn more.
Protopage Protopage is your own personal page that you can access from any computer, tablet or smartphone. You can monitor news headlines from almost any web site, even obscure ones. Your page can be private or public. Keep bookmarks, to-do lists, sticky notes, and much more.
ShellCheck ShellCheck is a GPLv3 tool that gives warnings and suggestions for bash/sh shell scripts - ideal tool for testing your Linux scripts.
Shodan Shodan is the world's first search engine for Internet-connected devices. Type in your external IP address and it will let you know what ports/devices are open and accessible from the Internet.
TinEye A reverse image search tool. Upload a photo or other image document and this site will tell you where if it finds copies of the image online. Handy to see if someone is using your images without permission!
TechRadar TechRadar is the largest UK-based consumer technology news and reviews site (and now rapidly growing in the US and Australia), our editorial independence backed by the weight of technology publisher Future plus objective test data from the TechRadar Labs.
The Hacker News The Hacker News is a leading, trusted, widely-acknowledged dedicated cybersecurity news platform, attracting over 8 million monthly readers including IT professionals, researchers, hackers, technologists, and enthusiasts. The Hacker News features latest cyber security news and in-depth coverage of current as well as future trends in Infosec and how they are shaping the cyber world.
The Register The Register is a leading global online tech publication, with more than nine million monthly unique browsers worldwide. The core audiences are the UK and US, accounting for more than six million. The bulk of the remaining readership are located in Canada, Australia and northern Europe. In Jonathan's view it is the best news site for technology and IT related news.
VirusTotal VirusTotal inspects items with over 70 antivirus scanners and URL/domain blacklisting services, in addition to a myriad of tools to extract signals from the studied content. Any user can select a file from their computer using their browser and send it to VirusTotal.
W3C Markup Validation Service This validator checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc. If you wish to validate specific content such as RSS/Atom feeds or CSS stylesheets, MobileOK content, or to find broken links.
w3schools.com W3Schools is a free web developers site, with tutorials and references on web development languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Python, jQuery, Java, W3.CSS, and Bootstrap, covering most aspects of web programming. The site derives its name from the World Wide Web (W3), but is not affiliated with the W3C.
Wikipedia The online "font of all knowledge".