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I'm looking for a Linux Live CD/USB, that comes pre-configured with basic troubleshooting software, which I could use to check Windows computers. My wish list:

  • Anti-virus (MUST HAVE)
  • Any software that can help fix a NTFS disk/partition
    • Defragmenter
    • Disk partitioner
    • Disk checker
    • Windows Registry editor (does that even exist in Linux?)
  • Preferably Ubuntu/Debian based
  • Preferably a light windows manager, like XFCE or LXDE
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the problem with a Linux Live CD is that fact that it does not fully support NTFS. You can use a Linux based anti-virus scanner but it won't be able to remove the problem because writing to an NTFS disk is not reliable. – rodey Dec 29 '09 at 13:46
Thanks. I'll keep it in mind. – lamcro Dec 29 '09 at 16:17

the Ultimate Boot CD is probably as close as it gets:

UBCD includes a variety of Linux boot disks (amongst them Trinux, based on ubuntu/debian), Anti Virus (F-Prot, McAfee, BugHunter), a gazillion of Disk Tools, the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, and a lot more utilities ... no window manager though (text based menu).

you can easily create a bootable USB stick with UBCD, a script to do this automatically is included in UBCD

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I have this one. But it has so much stuff, and so user-unfriendly, that I'm affraid to use it. JAJAJA. – lamcro Dec 29 '09 at 16:14
user unfriendly? it's a text based user menu, what's user-unfriendly about using the up/down arrow and hit enter to select a category? or typing a number on the keyboard to start a program from a category? ^^ – Molly7244 Dec 29 '09 at 16:52
user-unfriendly because it has some much stuff, but not much explanation of how to use it. Maybe if they concentrated on a couple of programs, per category, and had better documentation. Just my opinion. – lamcro Dec 30 '09 at 15:12
well, the aim is to provide a CD with utilities covering pretty much any aspect of computer repair and they're doing a pretty good job. if you prefer something more "point and click" style, then make yourself a BartPE Windows Live CD but you will have to add your tools manually, integrate plubins, you may have to make some of the programs 'portable' first, etc. but keep in mind that some of the tools you're looking for simply do not work in a win32 environment or their counterparts that do work, may require a commercial license (i.e. cost you money) while UBCD just works out of the box. – Molly7244 Dec 30 '09 at 15:45

Alternately you can get most of that in the Linux-based Avira AntiVir Rescue System. Mostly its file recovery and AV tools.

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I just burned it. I'll let you know how it went. Thanks! – lamcro Dec 29 '09 at 16:17
Tried it. It froze while trying to mount the hard disk. Too bad, I was hoping for it to work. Maybe the problem was the machine itself. – lamcro Dec 30 '09 at 14:59
Odd - I've used it on a number of computers in the past with no problems... – AnonJr Dec 30 '09 at 15:11
I'll keep it in my stash of tools, and try to use it again. I have another PC waiting to be fixed. Thanks – lamcro Jan 2 '10 at 16:38

Its not a Linux disk, but you could always build a custom BartPE disk. It would give you a Windows-like environment with whatever tools you opted to build into it.

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If you have a usb flash drive then you can use pendrive linux. I've actually put together a pretty good how to right here. If you are looking for a bootable cd that is great for cleaning windows software then I suggest Hiren's Boot CD

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Hiren's Boot CD is full of pirated software. It is illegal to use. – Force Flow Sep 17 '10 at 0:55
Didn't know that... sorry... however if you are talking about the Windows GUI, most IT people have XP licenses coming out of their noses... – KronoS Sep 17 '10 at 2:22

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