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#1 ktp


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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:33 PM

Paragon Rescue Kit 9.0 Express (freeware for non-commercial use)

After registration at http://www.paragon-s...ration/rke.html ,
you get a product key and serial number used to create the iso/CD from the executable downloaded from the Paragon web site :

In the bootable CD, one interesting part is the Boot Corrector. Following are its main functions:

#1 Search for valid Windows installations (Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server)
#2 Correct drive letters in the System Registry of a selected Windows installation
#3 Correct "boot.ini" on selected disk
#4 Correct Boot Configuration Data (BCD) files for partitions on selected disk or for partitions on all disks
#5 Correct the Master Boot Record (MBR) executable code
#6 Reorder primary partitions (change primary slots)
#7 Correct the boot record for a selected Windows installation (increment the Serial Number, correct the partition offset, make a copy of the boot record, correct the Bootsect.dos file if exists)
#8 Set an active partition
#9 Hide/unhide partitions
#10 Change Serial Numbers
#11 Change Partition IDs
#12 Display the MBR in a more understandable format
#13 Display partition properties
#14 Create, display, save or print a boot correction report
#15 Adjust OS to boot on new hardware (Windows Vista only)

Functions #2 and #4 are interesting from my point of view since not directly covered
by existing utilities known by me (apart maybe Savepart :
Updating Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Seven registry

Updating Windows Vista/Seven boot configuration

The other functions could be covered by well-known utilities
like bootice, Mbrfix, ptedit32/Beeblebrox, HDHacker, TinyHexer, bcdboot, bcdedit, bootfix, bootsect, bootrec.
But all of these utilities requires at least WinPE or full Windows XP/Vista/Win7 to run.
The rescue kit runs from a bootable CD, and can be loaded using grub4dos iso emulation as in this thread:

Function #2 : I think it fixes problem of hang at XP/Vista/Win7 welcome screen after restoring disk image (problem with MountedDevices in registry).
Function #4 : I think it fixes problem of winload.exe (BCD problem) after restoring or moving Vista/Win7 partitions.

Function #15 : I guess it adds "detecthal on" options to the BCD. It applies of course to both Vista and Windows 7 too (the rescue kit is available before Windows 7 is released).

In the past many times I ran into problem #2 and #4. If ever I had this rescue kit express, it would save me lot of times :-).

Edit (add) : the commercial version for Boot Corrector :

#2 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:45 PM

First problem.
Right now the Paragon page:

Doesn't seem to work. (it resets "chosen country"). ;)

Additionally my previous Paragon ESS account seems like not working.

Hopefully just temporary "glitch in the matrix".

However, it's not a problem to get access to the .iso inside the downloaded file. :lol:

At first sight I find very interesting the DOS.IMG within it, as it contains:

Paragon DOS IFS driver.
Copyright © Paragon 2003-2008.

Paragon IFS driver allows user to access non-DOS file systems under DOS.
This version supports NTFS, Ext2FS, Ext3FS and hidden FAT/FAT32.

The .iso appears to boot fine in Qemu ;), though on first tests it looks like having pronlems in detecting (intentionally) malformed Windows installs, with "less malformed" installs seems like working allright. ;)

Apart from the above, in my quick Qemu test:
  • "Normal Mode" works <- please read as Paragon Linux
  • "Safe Mode" hangs with loading mouse driver. <- please read as Paragon DOS
  • "Safe Mode Low Graphics" hangs with loading mouse driver. <- please read as Paragon DOS Safe Mode

Will need to do more tests....

Thanks for pointing out this nice thingy. ;)



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