A live CD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable, instantly usable copy of an operating system. They are popular for installing Linux distributions and useful for accessing data on systems that don't boot properly.

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Windows Defender Update KB915597 (Definition 1.135.415.0) > BSOD > Computer No Longer Starts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A Windows Update Prevented Live Discs From Working? First off I'll state my system specs. Acer Aspire M1100 Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit OEM 2 Gigs of DDR2 ram ...
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Can't run gParted Live

I prepared gParted Live on my pendrive using unetbootin. When I try to boot from that pendrive I got blikning line and nothing more. What could me wrong?
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Live Linux Distro for text only mode

I'm looking for a linux distro where I can boot into it via USB, run a script on startup and shutdown. I need bare minimum, but I also need network drivers. Also need to save files across reboots. ...
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Custom Tiny Linux LiveCD

I need a very small custrom made distribution that I can use to boot my system (add to boot options of an Ubuntu CD) that will mount the filesystem on disk and make some changes to it (install ...
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A live CD that provides system information?

Is there a live CD distro out there with the sole purpose of booting, telling me everything that the system has (CPU, GPU, motherboard, HDD capacity & Manufacture, etc) and all with out having to ...
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linux installation cd enviroment

i recently make a custom linux system, for my special need. its on my HDD, but i want to create a cd for installation. multiple day ego, i found a livecd and create install script for that, but in ...
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Can I run my OS from a DVD?

I'm thinking of ways to get around the high cost of hard drives lately. I was thinking an optical jukebox would be interesting (though more expensive than just buying a hard drive), then thought I've ...
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Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB Default Login Credentials

I've just downloaded Ubuntu 12.04, created a USB startup drive, and booted. What is the default username and password for the live USB. Thanks.
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How do I pick the right kernel arguments to boot from the FILES on a linux LiveCD USB?

I think I've been through just about every post on this site about this and can't find anyone who will shed light on all those mysterious arguments that get passed to the linux kernel by grub! What I ...
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after linuxmint update hdd wont boot, live cd ubuntu or mint wont work and cannot even reinstall

I had a Linux Mint 9 and Windows 7 dual boot machine that was working fine until Mint was auto updated. Now it won't boot up, live CD's get to the splash screen menu but won't proceed any further. ...
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HD prevents me from booting Live CD

Short version: BSOD on Windows last night, cannot boot to Win or a live Linux CD, moving HD to another comp won't boot. Update: Had a little success attaching hd to other comps via USB (or plugging ...
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How do I run a LiveCD or emulate a LiveCD when already running an existing operating system e.g. Linux?

I am currently running a Debian based distribution however would like to run an alternative LiveCD whilst I am logged in. Is that possible? How can I do so?
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Running Windows7 off a USB keydrive?

Since I need to run some Windows applications on unbootable Windows hosts, I need to find how to build a live image of Windows7 as an alternative to the Linux-based live solutions to run the OS off a ...
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Custom live Linux distro

How can I make a bootable CD / DVD / USB (read only) after setting my non-broadcasted SID and installing specific applications (Closed source FLASH if needed)? But still act like a Live CD (have all ...
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Is it possible to run Windows 95 or 98 from a CD?

I have certain old DOS-era programs that expect to be able to bang on hardware directly, specifically, the printer port. These cannot be run in an NTVDM under 2K, XP or later, since the NTVDM ...
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External DVD drive is recognized when Windows has started but cannot boot

I wanted to connect my external DVD drive to my old laptop and boot from a CD. But my computer doesn't show the DVD drive in the boot menu. After trying to change BIOS settings and finally restored ...
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Executing Windows based admin tools without Windows?

Is there a boot CD / USB stick OS or similar which I can use to execute basic admin tools designed for Windows? For example, I'd like to flash firmware on a RAID card, and the tools the vendor ...
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How to restore sudo privilege with Linux live CD?

I'm running Linux Mint 11 and I lost the privilege to use sudo, apparently the result of accidentally removing myself from the admin group. When I use the groups command to list the groups I'm in, it ...
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Accessing a windows truecrypt volume using ubuntu

I have a serious problem here: My computer does not boot any more (hangs on the windows start screen), so I tried to use a Ubuntu Live CD access the files and scan for root kits, or at least back up ...
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How to start Linux Live USB from a Linux Live CD?

I have an old computer that only runs bootable CDs and it does not have BIOS. I was thinking that it might be able to boot a live Linux USB from a live Linux CD because it also does not have a DVD ...
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Install Linux on this Computer

I have an old desktop computer which I am trying to install Linux to. It looks Dell-ish to me. So far I have tried Linux LiveDVD (I have no LiveCDs) and the computer only has a CD drive. The BIOS is ...
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How would I create a Ubuntu Live USB drive to work on a Mac? [duplicate]

My friend's Mac is pretty much gone and I want to boot into Ubuntu to try and get some info off before I re-install Mac OS X. I heard that you need something called rEFIt to boot Ubuntu on Mac ...
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Delete files on OpenVMS 7.2 from live environment?

I am responsible for getting a machine working that is running OpenVMS 7.2-1, but currently it's hard drive is full such that errors are caused during boot when various services try to create log ...
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How to use ubiquity command when booting Ubuntu Live CD?

In default Ubuntu ISO, the menu labeled "Install Ubuntu" includes only-ubiquity in its boot command. In default Kubuntu the menu labeled "Start Kubuntu" includes maybe-ubiquity, which will show user ...
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Clonezilla Live CD won't boot on Dell Optiplex 790

We have a dozen identical computers for a customer that need similar configurations. In order to do this, I planned on using Clonezilla to take an image of the first configured computer, then ...
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Creating a custom LiveCD

I am trying to build a custom live cd from a Fedora 14 or CentOS 6 install. I have tried the process found on the Fedora Wiki. It's basically using the livecd-tools program and then using some kick ...
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What needs to be configured on a LiveCD if the device will be used for banking, e-commerce, etc?

Not knowing whether the underlying operating system (Windows 7) is infected or not, is it safe to use LiveCDs to shop, bank, etc online without having to configure the firewall (e.g. iptables), ...
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Is it safe to run a LiveCD if the host operating system is infected?

If the host operating system is Windows 7 and we suspect it being infected is it safe to run a LiveCD? Is it possible for the session in which the LiveCD runs to be come infected i.e. by trojans, ...
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Where do I find the Outlook 2007 Data Files?

I'm repairing a computer for a friend, the computer won't boot into Windows (Vista) and I've tried all of the usual stuff (BIOS settings, repair console etc) so I'm in with a Ubuntu Live CD backing ...
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LiveCDs occasionally get corrupted filesystems

I made some modifications to a custom Ubuntu9.04 LiveCD (unsquash, re-squash, chroot, etc). It seems to work fine, but I noticed the other day things went really bad when a client was booted into it ...
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Mount NTFS Windows partition on Ubuntu live CD

I'm using the newest Ubuntu live CD to restore my Windows partition. After booting my PC from the live CD I have access to the internet and so on but I cant see the NTFS drive. What should I do to ...
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How much disk space do I need for running an Ubuntu Live CD?

Do you know how much free disk space I need to run an Ubuntu Live CD?
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Booting an Asus EeePC from a LiveCD USB stick

I have two identical Asus EeePC netbooks that are both installed with Ubuntu. One of them was sitting on the closet shelf and the battery went completely dead. When I charged the battery and tried to ...
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Does `dd` on a device skip anything?

I wanted to achieve a system disk backup with an Ubuntu live CD. I used the following command: dd if=/dev/sda conv=sync,noerror bs=64K | gzip -c > /media/external/image.gz This seemed to work. ...
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Xbox - How would I boot from a Linux livecd? [closed]

Is there a secret button combination like a PC's F2 or Delete that forces an Xbox to boot from a CD?
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Is running the live CD of an OS a good indicator of future problems?

I've been thinking of changing operating systems for a while (mostly because of Fedora's requirement to upgrade frequently). I think I've settled on CentOS (because of the infrequent upgrades and my ...
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Can I disable USB Ports outside of the BIOS?

Is it possible to disable a computer's USB ports outside of the machine's BIOS if the BIOS does not offer the option to disable the USB ports? Could this possibly be accomplished via a terminal ...
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Booting Linux live CD from USB?

I'm using the Ultimate Boot CD, and I've added a bunch of customized .iso's to it. I can boot into those .iso files fine, but most of them are mini-versions of Linux that are designed to run off of a ...
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How to recover files from a re-formatted Windows 7 computer without Administer permissions?

My company re-formatted my work computer after I asked them to fix a bug in one of their programs. However, they did not warn me of the re-format, so in the process I lost some important documents. ...
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Does a Linux LiveCD expose you to the same viruses, malware, etc that are already present on the computer?

If I were to run a Linux LiveCD regardless of the underlying operating system I am running, am I subject to the same problems I can run into when using the installed operating system? What are the ...
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Is there a Live Disk or Live Flash Drive for Mac OS X?

I have tried different Linux flavors through Live Disks and I do like using that as one of privacy measures. I did some looking into obtaining Live Disk of Mac OS X but could not find one. Some people ...
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How to perform root level commands on Linux (Fedora) Live Media

I need to use Live Media to make changes to a hard disk drive. I tried to sudo to no effect. Seems like it would be troublesome to authorize root access on Live Media or have sudo allow commands ...
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Get last successful boot time from a Windows hard drive

I work for a company that has installers go into people's homes and set up their internet connection. In the past 2 weeks we have had a customer say that we broke their computer. Our installers aren't ...
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chmod sudoers without using sudo

I have lubuntu installed with persistance on a large usb flash drive, and somehow, My /etc/sudoers file has file permissions 0664, when ever I try to use sudo, it says : sudo: /etc/sudoers is mode ...
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System Rescue CD on multiboot usb not working

I have a multiboot usb with System Rescue CD and GRUB2 on it. When I try to boot it, it tries to find systemrescuecd/sysrcd.dat, attempts to mount /dev/sr0 and all the partitions on /dev/sda before ...
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How to add big file to linux livecd

I have a linux live-cd linux.iso(600Mb), two files foo.sh(1Kb) and foo.img(1.3 Gb). How to add files to live-cd and create live-dvd?
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What Live CD would you recommend to restore photos from a formatted HDD?

My hard drive was formatted. Do you know any Live CD that could help with restoring photos from it?
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Making a Linux live CD bootable from Compact Flash (CF)?

Making a live CD using tools such as livecd-creator seems like a good solution to create a bootable read-only image to install on Compact Flash. My goal is to prevent failure due to write cycle ...
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Which Live CD Linux distros have Chrome preinstalled [closed]

Which Linux distros that have live CD (or live USB) come with Chrome browser preinstalled ? If you mention distros that do NOT have Chrome preinstalled, it also helps :-). Because it narrows the ...
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How to transfer documents to a new windows installation on an existing disk. Need a boot disk or Live CD?

I've just bought the components for a new PC (Win7-64) but I want to reuse the disk from an existing one (Win7-32). I want to move aside all the existing contents, install the new OS and then move ...