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What are people saying about Emergency Boot Kit

Azziz Mouloud how this Emergency Boot CD help in fixing windows, to boot it again if something happens; Thus this make it easier than other freeware bootable cd that fix windows in case of non booting situation.
Oct 20 2012 at 8:25am Copy Link
Danny This tool Is the most comprehensive emergency tool at pc problems?

Is this the same similar idea as BartPE Bootable CD?
Oct 20 2012 at 2:46pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Azziz Mouloud: We have a knowledge base of various boot errors that can be fixed by EBCD Mount & Boot Center, with detailed step-by-step description how to fix them and reasons why they occur:

Knowledge base also contains typical use cases for other EBCD utilities: File Manager, Offline Registry Editor, and explains how to use EBCD to fix Windows logon problems.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 20 2012 at 11:12pm Copy Link
Mario Demi Does it work with Windows 8
Oct 21 2012 at 3:36am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Danny Thys: We have intention to make EBCD the most comprehensive emergency tool in the world: a full-featured standalone file, registry and partition manager. There a plenty of features planned for future inclusion, but yes, it's powerful enough even today.

BartPE is leveraging Windows as its core technology, and this appoarch has advantages and disadvantages. Advantage is that they can use a lot of readily available tools for Windows, disadvantage is that they depend on Microsoft licensed material, Microsoft goodwill, and actually don't control their product in full.

EBCD is built on FreeBSD kernel, an open source software with permissive (commercial-friendly) license. It's less developed, so we have to reinvent and reimplement a lot of things ourselves, but this way we can archieve high quality of the software and first class experience for all of our users and assure the future of our platform. The only drawback of this appoach that new features are added more slowly.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 3:47am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @mario demi: Yes, we have tested it and confirmed to work with Windows 8.

EBCD can be burned under Windows 8, EBCD is able to edit and defragment Windows 8 registry in offline mode, EBCD can change user passwords in Windows 8 SAM database (SAM = Security Account Manager). Also EBCD has support for all new BCD features introduced in Windows 8. (BCD is a Boot Configuration Data, database of BOOTMGR, the Windows 8 Loader. BCD is edited by EBCD Mount & Boot Center, also Mount & Boot Center can recreate Windows8-compatible BCD from scratch).
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 3:53am Copy Link
Danny @Mikhail Kupchik

So I had not yet viewed. Thanks for your clear explanation!
Oct 21 2012 at 4:03am Copy Link
Markus Malmann At the box on the top right there's a notice that the product is for all platforms. "Platforms: All (Windows, Linux, MacOS, BSD)"
I've checked your website and only found instructions related to Windows - is there any help when having problems with a MAC?
e.g. copying files to an external disc before giving it away for repair, etc.

Just for your understanding: My cousin owns a MacBook and until now I was the person to ask for help. I'm sure this will stay this way in the future even if don't own a Mac and so I'm looking for tools that enable me to do that.
Oct 21 2012 at 4:06am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Markus Malmann: It will fix PC only. EBCD has builtin support for Windows Registry file format and PC only filesystems (there's support for Windows NTFS, Linux EXT2/EXT3, FreeBSD UFS, PC CD/DVD filesystems, but there's no support for Mac HFS+).

Mac is listed in platform list only because EBCD is distributed as cross-platform ISO file (both demo and registered versions), so it can be burned to CD everywhere, including Mac.

Probably we should revoke Mac from platform list for the next promotion, I will consult with editors of this website for this matter.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 4:15am Copy Link
Markus Malmann Thank you for the fast response. :-)
Oct 21 2012 at 4:21am Copy Link
Jason Howard Would like to purchase - but the option to purchase using Paypal through Plimus hasn't been configured. Hopefully this can be corrected.
Oct 21 2012 at 4:42am Copy Link
Stan Jason Howard was right: no Paypal. Hope this will be fixed.
Oct 21 2012 at 4:56am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Jason Howard, @Stan:

Emergency Boot CD orders are processed by Plimus at the moment.

PayPal payment option was removed from Plimus at the beginning of this year, actually it was PayPal who broke the relations with Plimus - PayPal's current policy is to accept all payments directly and get rid of all third parties, so first of all they have disconnected smaller ones (IPortis was cut off from PayPal in 2010), then larger ones, like Plimus in 2012.

Digital River (ShareIt and few other big payment processors) still holds the pressure, but no one knows how long they will stand. Jumping to another payment processor just to see their very expected disconnection from PayPal again isn't funny at all.

We can't accept PayPal payments directly, because PayPal does not support payouts in our country (only payins are supported).

So, there's no PayPal payment option for EBCD at the moment, sorry. If you must complain, then you probably should complain to PayPal.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 6:28am Copy Link
Stan Thanks for your answer. It's a pity that you don't offer Emergency Boot CD via Digital River like Flashboot (which I really like!).
Oct 21 2012 at 6:53am Copy Link
Jason Howard @Mikhail - I think this explains the Plimus / Paypal issue - http://discuss.joelonsoft....841850.15

The problem being mainly that you are in a country doesn't permit to receive paypal funds.

Two weeks ago I purchased another app - using Paypal over Plimus (after requesting that the setup was altered to accept Paypal) - Plimus can support Paypal - provided that you are able to create a paypal account in your country.

Bummer. :(
Oct 21 2012 at 7:44am Copy Link
Dan Badur Does a purchase here come with free upgrades?
Oct 21 2012 at 9:34am Copy Link
Zonwas Hi Mikhail,

I've been trying to buy your software 3 times today through Plimus.

Three times my purchase has been refused for "Inconsistent contact / billing information".

Since I am absolutely sure that everything was filled in correctly and my credit card is 100% valid, I would like to ask you to give me the opportunity to buy the software at this discounted price later this week, since I now have to wait for the answer on my support request of Plimus.

In case you agree, how could I contact you?

Thank you for your understanding!

Oct 21 2012 at 9:34am Copy Link
F J Hi Mikhail, i have win7 64bit, i get error Can't run Mount & Boot Center. Can't extract boot code from vfat filesystem: boot sector is not valid Can anything be done? Thanks
Oct 21 2012 at 9:34am Copy Link
S User I ordered but Emergency Boot CD dont run.
i am still waiting for refund.
Oct 21 2012 at 9:34am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Dan Badur: Yes, upgrades are free for lifetime; support period for product is 1 year since the date of purchase. EBCD Update Wizard simply generates registered ISO file of the latest version from the registered ISO file of any old version:

@Eric Feys: We can sort that out, please contact me at

@F J: That's fixable. Please drop me a line at and provide some info about your disk configuration (disks, partition types and sizes) so I could reproduce this condition in the virtual machine

@Stefan P: I've initiated a refund for your order in the Plimus Control Panel, Plimus will return your payment shortly.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 10:00am Copy Link
David Thomson Can this be used to retrieve data from a hard drive connected to a USB port?
Oct 21 2012 at 2:15pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @David Thomson: Yes, EBCD File Manager can copy/move files and folders between fixed and removable HDDs or USB thumbdrivers in any direction.

Basically it's an Orthodox File Manager ( ) like Far Manager, Total Commander, Norton Commander or GNU Midnight Commander. Also it has builtin viewer and editor for text files.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 2:24pm Copy Link
David Thomson Thanks for the quick response! At this discounted price I will definitely give it a try.
Oct 21 2012 at 2:31pm Copy Link
RCG Hi, I purchased this software earlier on today. However, am I right in thinking that to boot this from a USB drive, I need to purchase additional software (i.e. Flashboot) from you? The descrption above suggests that THIS product will boot from a USB drive.
Oct 21 2012 at 3:09pm Copy Link
Kelly Major I purchased and tried the boot CD and it booted fine. I was a bit skeptical since my system is configured with all pretty new top of the line hardware components.

A suggestion: I couldn't figure out how to change the drive letter in the file manager. Easily figured out after rebooting and reading the FM doc. You might want to list the keyboard shortcut somewhere on that screen. If I really needed the disk in an emergency it wouldn't have been so easy to go read the docs.

I'm looking forward to the future enhancements discussed above.

Questions. You say updates are free forever, but support is only available for 1 year. When If I need support in 1.5 years?
What is the best way to know when there is an update available? Is email notification an option? I saw the RSS feed and those are good but I have so many vendors to follow it can be easy to miss something important when going through hundreds or thousands of RSS feeds.

Thanks! - KEM
Oct 21 2012 at 4:29pm Copy Link
Bruce Hi, Looks interesting.
The policy states "Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free for the lifetime of the product." and "Support is provided for 24 months after your purchase."
This looks good. :)

I am thinking I remember a product from a few years back called the Emergency Boot CD, and am wondering if there was an open source project that was different from yours, or if this product is the current evolution of that. (or if maybe I am just confusing similarly named emergency bootup tools... maybe.)

USB booting option looks useful, as recently I had been given a mini sized laptop with no CD, and a user password only to ltd-user account, so no easy way to fix up the computer and update software. Eventually got it going, but seems that this tool might have saved me a bit of time and frustration.

And prompted by a prior question, I am hoping to replace my own Win XP SP3 system with a new Win 7 build (sometime soon...).
Can I anticipate that this EBCD will be able to boot it even if it is a new Ivy Bridge, SATA type modern computer build (Win 7)?

Oct 21 2012 at 5:34pm Copy Link
Tortuga Making an entry so I can rcvd follow ups to this thread

Oct 21 2012 at 6:12pm Copy Link
Matt @Tortuga - 'Making an entry' is not necessary to receive follow ups. Just click on the 'Email Me Updates' link above and on the right side of the very first comment. Hope that helps you.
Oct 21 2012 at 9:22pm Copy Link
Danny So this I ordered in full confidence. But how do I get the updated versions in the future?

Because nowhere can I find a registration number or licence code on my name.
Oct 21 2012 at 11:19pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @RCG: Yes, FlashBoot is required to convert it to bootable USB thumbdrive. We will make it clear in the description next time. Now, to avoid confusion, please drop me a line at with your order ID for EBCD and I will provide you a free license key for FlashBoot.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 11:25pm Copy Link
Stan @Danny Thys: Updates are here:

Download the file, run it and patch the older iso file. After that you get an updated and registered iso file.
Oct 21 2012 at 11:27pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Kelly Major: Yes, File Manager and other tools should have inline help, invoked by F1. This is a planned feature, we will implement it soon in the future.

Most probably support request after 1.5 years will pass too, as I don't check order IDs when people ask for support. :) But, as you might guess yourself, I cannot commit for lifetime support for free in the licensing terms.

Update Notifications: yes, RSS is a preferred method. RSS readers are created to address specifically this issue: they can syndicate thousand of infrequently updated feeds on the single page for your convenience. Maybe we will implement e-mail notifications later, but there are number of issues: people subscribing other people emails, how to avoid spam filters, handing unsubscription requests etc.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 21 2012 at 11:35pm Copy Link
J S Hi Mikhail Kupchik,

Now I understand Why I cant get this too work with a USB Drive.

I have a question for You: is the free License key for FlashBoot - that You mentioned in a reply to @RCG - last half hour or so, only available to @RCG or anybody who wants to use this program on a USB memory device?

Yes I understand that the description may not be written by the products developer but it is very misleading as it is at the present time.

Many Thanks
Oct 21 2012 at 11:55pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik a quote from @Bruce: "Can I anticipate that this EBCD will be able to boot it even if it is a new Ivy Bridge, SATA type modern computer build (Win 7)?"

my reply: Yes, EBCD runs over FreeBSD kernel, an open source software with permissive (commercially-friendly) license, so it should support recent hardware. Maybe not all hardware in the world, and maybe not instantly after release (FreeBSD isn't #1 OS in the world as you see), but anyway, I'm not coding all drivers myself.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 22 2012 at 12:23am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik Next EBCD version will have support for USB 3.0 (XHCI) by the way.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 22 2012 at 12:24am Copy Link
Tortuga @James Fisher
Many THANKS for the reminder!! :)
I knew that I knew, but then ... just couldn't remember!! :o
Old age & all that ...
Oct 22 2012 at 2:09am Copy Link
J S In addition to my unanswered first question from my previous comment at 11:55pm, I do have a second question to ask You:

Q2. Is it possible to get the License I purchased re-issued in my preferred name (same Surname but different first name), because the PLiMUS form didn't allow me to insert a "chosen or preferred name on License" that was different to the name displayed on my credit card?

I have now been able to have a good look through your own website and it too IMPLiES that Emergency Boot CD can boot from USB ... but it is only - with the benefit of extra time, on drilling further into other webpages on Your own website, that I have found that FlashBoot [the software tool required to make Emergency Boot CD boot from USB] will also cost the buyer a further €29.95 Euro's (or the equivalent in the buyers preferred currency).
Oct 22 2012 at 3:01am Copy Link
william dean When will there be an EB CD for us Mac users, we are growing by leaps and bounds.
Oct 22 2012 at 11:22pm Copy Link
Bruce Good question. ;)

Though, at a rudimentary level, your gray colored Mac OS X installation CD or DVD can be used as a bootable repair disk.

Insert disc, boot (or re-start) and hold down the "C" key to force it to boot from the CD/DVD drive.
Then use Disk Utility from the top menu to run check/repair the hard disk and the permissions. (You don't have to re-install the OS, just use the CD or DVD to run the Disk Utility program.)

Also some Macs have a Diagnostics volume on the CD/DVD disk, press and hold "D" key at startup to force it to boot from the hidden Diagnostics Hardware Test volume.

On some newer Intel Macs, this may also work from a USB drive if the OS X Installer is on a flash drive instead of a CD (MacBook Air for example).
Oct 23 2012 at 12:45am Copy Link
Danny This application is no longer needed from Windows 8, such a function would be similar to that platform. Is that so?
Mar 17 2013 at 9:16am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik I doubt if Windows 8 will allow unresticted logons, access to filesystems and the registry, but even if so, Microsoft will rather burst from greediness than allow someone to buy just one license key and boot their OS everywhere :)
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 17 2013 at 9:24am Copy Link
Louis Nemecek Does this app work on a corrupt MBR?
Mar 17 2013 at 9:46am Copy Link
disenchanted Is this utility similar to ones like:

1. O&O Bluecon V10
2. Active@ LiveCD
3. Paragon software's Rescue kit V10

Your product's price is much cheaper of course.
I think I'll give it a shot, once it becomes available for purchase.
Mar 17 2013 at 10:09am Copy Link
Wolfman Can it allow full access to a dynamic disc and striped partitions?
Mar 17 2013 at 10:39am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Louis Nemecek:

EBCD Mount and Boot Center can restore boot code in the MBR:

as well as fix various other boot problems (related to partition boot code, active partition flag, BCD etc),

but EBCD won't do sequental disk scan in search for partition superblocks and won't automagically rebuild the partition table in MBR if it's completely destroyed.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 19 2013 at 2:20am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @disenchanted:

All of boot CDs mentioned by you have powerful partition management tools: create/format/delete, shrink/expand, image management, fix small errors, recover remainings of user files from the broken filesystem.

EBCD strength is a registry management: is has full-featured offline registry editor with raw mode, full Unicode support, search etc; registry defragmenter; Windows password changer tool; and Mount & Boot Center which is able to analyze, update and rebuild from scratch complex BCD (Boot Configuration Data) registry hives. Outstanding feature of Mount & Boot Center is a very simple user interface, just one screen:



Also EBCD has a builtin File Manager with full support for Unicode, builtin editor and viewer, similar to Far Manager / Total Commander in Windows or Midnight Commander in Unix.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 19 2013 at 2:29am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @disenchanted: No, dynamic disks (aka Windows SoftRAID, aka Veritas Storage Manager disks) are not supported.

EBCD supports just 'basic' disks - i.e. normal MBR and GPT disks.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 19 2013 at 2:31am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @disenchanted: Also I forgot to mention that EBCD registry editor can import and export registry keys, in text mode (.reg files) and in binary mode (NT registry hive), preserving ACLs, class names and other metadata.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 19 2013 at 3:04am Copy Link
Walter Meckley I noticed in the screen shot this is for win xp and win 7, will this work on windows 8?
Mar 19 2013 at 3:47am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Walter Meckley: It's a standalone OS on CD, so it will work everywhere. Yes, it fully supports Windows 8 registry format and Windows8-specific features in BCD.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 20 2013 at 12:45am Copy Link
Michael R. In combination of the former bought FashBoot-tool of yours, I would be happy with a feature, that would allow to create a self-booting usb-stick out of .iso-files (perhaps on another usb-stick) from OUTSIDE windows, i.e. from within your EBCD-tool.

So it would be possible to create more than one rescue-boot CDs on a single usb-stick and create a new rescue-USB-Stick even if windows does not run.
Mar 20 2013 at 3:42am Copy Link
disenchanted @Mikhail,

Thanks for the response.
Mar 20 2013 at 8:38am Copy Link
Nelson Therrien I burned the trial version: I know it's written that physical drives are read only with the trial version, but I don't see any way of changing the drive as well (z: is the drive, surely for the cd, but can't change it)...

Is it disabled as well? Do you have an instruction guide somewhere?
Mar 20 2013 at 9:29am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Nelson Therrien: Use Alt+F1/Alt+F2 to change drive in the EBCD File Manager.

Here is a detailed guide:

In general, keyboard layout of the EBCD File Manager is similar to Far Manager, Total Commander, Norton Commander and Midnight Commander (orthodox file managers).
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 20 2013 at 9:46am Copy Link
Raimondas Antanavicius It is dam good tool. I am very happy I found it.
Earlier I used EASEUS WinPE boot disk (comes with Partition Master 9.2.1 Pro) but compared to this tool it is not so comfortable.
Good job Prime-expert, keep it up!
Mar 20 2013 at 11:25am Copy Link
Dieter Maler @Michael R: Try EasyBCD ( , free for personal use)
@all: you get what you pay for. A better (but double, today 4 times as expensive) alternative was Wondershare LiveBoot ( which boots a 32bit Win7 with all Windows tools (incl. support for dynamic discs) and the ability to run other Windows tools (like EasyBCD, Paragon, ...) from USB stick.
AFAIK it doesn't support HFS (MacOS) though, except you integrate tools like Paragon HFS+ for Win (http://www.paragon-softwa...s-windows/)
Mar 20 2013 at 12:37pm Copy Link
CJCotter When I went to purchase Emergency Boot CD, I get a "red letter" message stating that the coupon code has already been used, and would not give me the 50% discount. Help!
Mar 20 2013 at 6:11pm Copy Link
Chris Roy Jackson I just went to the Order Page and the coupon code was already "in place" and the 50% discount applied... However, I did NOT see a PayPal Option in the DropDown List of Payment Options. IS PayPal supposed to be an Option ???
Mar 20 2013 at 10:01pm Copy Link
James Elson I was in the process of purchasing this when, like Chris Roy Jackson, I found there was not any option to use PayPal

Since when does (I've purchased software that has used them as their payment processor before, I recall using PayPal) no longer accept payment through PayPal?

Oh, well... would have liked to have bought it....
Mar 20 2013 at 11:33pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Chris Roy Jackson, @James Elson:

Sorry, PayPal payment option is not supported.
This is a limitation of payment processor, Plimus.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 21 2013 at 12:40am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Christopher Cotter: my local time was 3:12am when you complained, but discount coupon code seems to work OK now. Please retry. Temporal disabling of browser extensions like AdBlock or running in another browser also may be helpful.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 21 2013 at 12:44am Copy Link
CJCotter Mikhail, I figured out what happened: I already bought this! On October 21 of last year, you offered this same deal using the same coupon code! As a result, your order page flagged my email and stopped me. If it hadn't done so, I would have discovered later that I paid twice for this same program! Thank you!
Mar 21 2013 at 3:28am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Christopher Cotter: Excellent, you can make a free upgrade to the latest version of EBCD using EBCD Upgrade Wizard:
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 21 2013 at 3:36am Copy Link
Tortuga @Mikhail Kupchik
Just purchase this tool
Was looking around on your site. There is a discrepancy on the changelog page
»ALL dates for updates made this year are in fact dated .x.2012
Hope this helps
Mar 21 2013 at 4:22am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Tortuga: I've just fixed that, thank you for reporting.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 21 2013 at 5:07am Copy Link
VLM From your comments above, I see that the ability to edit the registry may be the "big deal" about this product. If this is the case, then is if fair to say that someone who is not all that familiar with working in the registry might not do well using this product?

More generally, if we have already purchased a professional backup product that includes the ability to make an emergency boot cd. how is this product different? What is the value added?
Mar 21 2013 at 6:30am Copy Link
Chris Roy Jackson @ Mikhail Kupchik

Sorry to disagree with you, but it has been less than 6 months since the last time I made a purchase through Plimus using PayPal !!!
Mar 21 2013 at 7:53am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Plimus does not allow us to make PayPal sales for our promotions. If you'd like to learn why we have a post here:
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 21 2013 at 7:57am Copy Link
Pino Castriota How long does it take to get the licence? It's been close to an hour and still nothing in my email.
Mar 21 2013 at 8:10am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Pino Castriota: It is delivered instantly, 2-5 minutes. Check spam inbox, if it's not there, contact me at .
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 21 2013 at 8:13am Copy Link
Steven Avery Hi,

Using an emergency boot is always a good tool. Always keep in mind the option of simply using the file manager to copy all the files (if your save is not up to date) and then restoring either the full OS or an image along the way. That saved my goose once.

Some utilities like EasyBCD mentioned by Dieter above have vibrant discussion forums as well, often helpful.

Tools that try to give you a pseudo-Windows-OS I find unnecessary cumbersome, like WinPE and BART, in my experience you simply want to access the disk from a Linux-style CD (or UBS if possible) that has utilities that understands the Windows file structure, and maybe the registry, etc.

With these tools, as I understand, we burn a CD (can be burned on any puter, the CD is not puter specific, correct?)

What I would like is a short summary of the advantages of the PrimeExpert tool. Ease of use? Specific utilities? etc.

That would help me decide.


Mar 21 2013 at 8:16am Copy Link
Pino Castriota Sorry, wrong software. My bad
Mar 21 2013 at 8:37am Copy Link
jay aich I must say that I am somewhat disappointed to find that I must purchase ANOTHER program to allow Emergency Boot CD to can "also boot your computer from a USB drive!"
Whoever is responsible for writing the description does not really matter. The fact is that it is misleading. If the person who wroten it worked for me he would be at the Department of Unemployment in the morning.
Mar 21 2013 at 10:54am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ jay aich

Apologies, we did in fact have the description wrong! Sorry about that! We've removed the offending text, feel free to shoot me a personal email if you'd like any more help with this situation:


BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 21 2013 at 10:56am Copy Link
Barcode Nut Sorry Mikhail, I have taken ALL the credit for recovering my wife's laptop using your tool. She thinks I am a real genius. Thanks again.
Mar 21 2013 at 3:25pm Copy Link
Tortuga @jay aich & @Roger
Sorry, I don't understand! What was wrong w the previous text?
Can EBCD boot from a USB or not ?
(I haven't had time to read & explore this app yet)
Please explain. Thanks
Mar 21 2013 at 8:18pm Copy Link
jay aich @ Tortuga
to boot from usb you need another prgm of theirs called Flashboot.
I bought EBCD and AFAIAC I wasted my money. Their prgm informed me that there is NO Windows installation on a laptop I'm working on. Well, I know better- it has Win XP Pro and always has.
I won't bother running their sw again.
Mar 22 2013 at 5:06pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Hello Jay :)
Thank you *so much* for coming back to explain!!
Darn, that's disappointing ... :(
I bought it bc of the USB option (as the txt stated b4 the correction)
Why doesn't the company just say so clearly, so we can decide beforehand! Never a good strategy to play around w facts ...
Very glad you brought that to our attention, before I had embarked on that route. Haven't had the time to install yet
Sorry it didn't work for you at all.
Mar 22 2013 at 6:29pm Copy Link
Steven Avery Hi,

I just had one of the problems on this puter where I could not sign in (an 000021 fault that is probably related to winlogon.exe). I tried research, registry editing and a number of Rescue CDs (Kaspersky, UBCD, PartMagic, SystemRescue CD, etc. and none could resolve the logon problem, although they do help to make sure you have a full backup). Based on the description Emergency Boot CD has no special tools for that problem either. (It would have been nice to try a simple winlogon.exe replacement tool).

I wrote about the experience:

image backups after OS reinstall with clean system

Bits: maybe you should see about getting Macrium or DriveImageXL Pro onto Bits, or at least one dedicated Image program that is not known for complexity and difficulty. Maybe you have done this with Easeus or Paragon?

I am a big believer that when your system gets sludgy, it is time to reinstall the OS, or better yet, an early clean image.

Mar 23 2013 at 6:22am Copy Link
CJCotter I bought this last year from BitsDuJour. If this is an update, do I have to repay for it? Thanks.
Sep 29 2013 at 11:15am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @CJCotter: This is an update (Partition Manager was added). You don't have to pay, just apply EBCD Update Wizard to the ISO file you bought last year:
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 1 2013 at 2:54am Copy Link
David Timms Will this work from a USB stick/drive - Thanks
Oct 2 2013 at 4:28am Copy Link
E. Douglas Jensen I believe that there are several other boot CD products at lower prices and with more functionality, and that several web sites have instructions for making your own "standard" or custom boot CD. If I am mistaken and this product is somehow special compared to those other off-the-shelf and do-it-yourself ones such as Hirens Boot CD and Ultimate Boot CD, please correct me.
Oct 2 2013 at 7:14am Copy Link
Charlie Syracuse I have the same question as is a simple free process on every pc to create a bootable DvD...CD...flash drive... or other external device. What are the features with this offer? In fact, for this price I can get a sector restore program with on of the features included is to make a bootable disk even from their website in case I did not make a bootable disk.
Oct 2 2013 at 7:26am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @David Timms: We have a separate paid tool for that purpose: FlashBoot ( ). Also with 30% discount on Bits du Jour:
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 2 2013 at 8:17am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @E. Douglas Jensen, @Charlie Syracuse:

There are free tools around, indeed. But none of them can do what EBCD does:
1) Edit Windows Registry, with full Unicode support and full support for large keys (such as HKLM\Software\Classes or HKLM\Software\Classes\CLSID) and full support for registry log files - they are used to restore registry hive on unclean shutdown. None of free offline registry editors preserve ACLs (permissions), class names and other metadata. None of free tools can import and export registry keys, in text mode (.reg files) and in binary mode (NT registry hive).
2) Mount & Boot Center is much more than just sector restore tool. It can edit BCD (Boot Configuration Data), including automatic creation from scratch; it can edit boot.ini files, including automatic creation from scratch; it knows about Windows Disk Signatures (stored in MBR) and make sure they are in sync with BCD (Boot Configuration Data) registry hive and MountedDevices key of SYSTEM registry hive, and there are no conflicts (two or more physical disks with the same signature). In short, in verifies entire boot path and makes changes in registry and filesystem, not only in the boot sectors.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 2 2013 at 8:28am Copy Link
Daniel Gaudet Has anyone been able to use a free tool like Universal USB Installer (http://www.pendrivelinux....-as-1-2-3/) to use "Emergency Boot CD" from a USB stick?

Oct 2 2013 at 8:42am Copy Link
VLM Mikhail Kupchik - Is this a product that an "ordinary user" can use? Or is this really a product more designed for use by someone with considerable technical expertise?

To all who seek something free, nothing is free. You pay with your time, and often with your personal privacy. This is a lifetime license for twenty dollars. I believe that's an excellent, almost too good, quite frankly.
Oct 2 2013 at 9:06am Copy Link
E. Douglas Jensen Update: A search just now shows that some of the competing products are more expensive than this deal. Moreover, I see that some of the "free" boot CDs are now bundled with crapware "downloaders" that you have to be careful to opt out of, and even then you never know what they might install without asking. I stand by my observation that this product's description is either incomplete about its functionality or the product has very limited functionality.
Oct 2 2013 at 9:08am Copy Link
George Butel How is this different from Hiren's Boot CD, v15.2? Hiren's will boot up a WIndows 8 computer even.
Oct 2 2013 at 10:29am Copy Link
VLM E. Douglas Jensen - You made me laugh! I did not fully comprehend the response, ergo my question. I appreciate your response, it suggests to me that I can make constructive use of this product, and it seems like the vendor provides good support, too. :)

I found the same as you, "crapware" everywhere. To me, those "products" are roughly equivalent to a vampire attack!!! :)
Oct 2 2013 at 11:21am Copy Link
Lito Please understand that all theses utilities even the free ones are inherently dangerous. If you don't know what you are doing you could easily make your problems worse rather than better. You need a certain amount of knowledge in order to use any of them effectively. If all you need to do is have something that will boot to a temporary OS then copy important files in case of a crash, you can get by with any free linux live distribution (I always have one burned and available to me and you should to). Even partitioning is handled quite well with gparted boot discs which are also free. And BTW none of them have crapware.

I don't own this product, but from what I have read in the descriptions here and on the website, where this program will help out the average user is in making some things simpler. Since this Emergency Boot Disc, is aware of your windows registry, you will get the data presented to you in a similar way as you are use to seeing in windows. So as an example, if you have multiple HDs, your E drive, will still be your E drive when you boot this. So if you had a crash and couldn't get into windows, booting this disc, will let you copy important files you knew were stored on your E drive without having to search which drive is the E drive. To do something similar with a Linux Live boot disc, would require you to mount all the HDs and try to figure out which one was your E drive if you hadn't planned ahead and labeled your drives with descriptive names. Similarly with the partition manager. Gparted is a good partitioning software, but it has no idea about your drive layout. So the "C:" drive may not necessarily be the first drive listed in the list. You have to be able to recognize it based off the description given (assuming you didn't label the drive), the size listed and other flags to determine which is the C: drive.

The features Mikhail described are some really nice features I haven't seen in any free utility. But for me they are of limited use so I am on the fence as to wanting to buy this program. A few weeks back the mount and boot center would have helped me out but it wasn't something I couldn't fix manually though with a few reboots in between. The registry editor is really one of the tools you shouldn't use unless you absolutely know what you are doing, but for advance users it sounds like a great feature to have around.

I do have a question regarding the new partition manager though so I hope Mikhail can answer it. Can the partition manager resize a partition without destroying the data on the partition? It's a feature I have in another program that I find very useful. So if it cannot do it, is it something you might consider adding to the product?
Oct 2 2013 at 12:56pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @VLM: There are some use cases for ordinary users and some use cases for experienced computer technicians.

Simple and popular features for ordinary users:

Complicated use case (for corporate domain admins):

By the way, we have a Knowledge Base on our website ( ) which is also a good overview of other EBCD features.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 2 2013 at 1:23pm Copy Link
Roberto looks like a very honest vendor, the license is really kind. I bought flashBoot some time ago, and now i'll get this. Only for the knowledge base is worth the price.

just my 2 cent :)
Oct 2 2013 at 2:51pm Copy Link
VLM Mikhail - Thank you. And you, Roberto.
Oct 2 2013 at 6:16pm Copy Link
Jaydeem Is Emergency Boot CD suitable for both Windows 7x64 and Windows 8 Pro? Thank you.
Oct 2 2013 at 10:07pm Copy Link
Jeff Titamer Does this support drives larger than 2 Terrabytes?
Oct 2 2013 at 11:05pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Jaydeem: Yes. EBCD is compatible and was tested with all Windows versions from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 8.

@Jeff Titamer: Yes. EBCD has support for GPT disks - it can mount GPT partitions, and Partition Manager can manage them as well as "normal" MBR disks (MBR is old partitioning scheme for disks less than 2 terabytes in size).
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 2 2013 at 11:30pm Copy Link
Jaydeem A question regarding your FlashBoot for PC... will this software work with an SSD drive? Thank you.
Oct 3 2013 at 12:11am Copy Link
MBe Can the File Manager also copy damaged Files, like the Program Unstoppable Copier can?
Oct 3 2013 at 1:24am Copy Link
Danny Leong Mikhail, appreciate if you could give us some good tips how this software could help in SSD drive, being SSD drives are becoming the in-thing now adays. I am seriously considering to add this Bootable into my arsenal. Thank you.
Oct 3 2013 at 2:47am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Danny Leong: Emergency Boot CD is fully compatible with SSD drives. They are no different to HDDs for Emergency Boot CD. We plan to add a few SSD-specific functions to the Partition Manager later (support for free space trimming and partition realignment) - see our Next Feature Poll:

@Jaydeem: FlashBoot works with USB mass storage devices only (USB thumbdrives, USB fixed disks), to avoid accidental formatting of internal HDD/SSD. So, FlashBoot will format SSD only if you put it into USB enclosure.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 3 2013 at 3:14am Copy Link
SM Griffith There seems to be a payment processing problem with this app. I've tried three different payment methods and keep getting the message that "there's a problem processing your payment." Is anyone else experiencing this issue?
Oct 3 2013 at 4:00am Copy Link
Tortuga @Mikhail,
Yesterday Lito asked a question, I wd also be interested in the answer
Can you share the name of the program you use for that, please? Thank you :)
Oct 3 2013 at 4:50am Copy Link
Tom Colvin We have three computers in our home. Do we need to pay for three copies of this software and install separately on each computer? Or can we make a generic boot disc that will work on all three computers? THANKS.
Oct 3 2013 at 6:11am Copy Link
Lito @Tortuga: I use Acronis Disk Director 11.0 Home to do the partitioning. For me it is the best at what it does at the moment. Though it hasn't been updated in a couple of years IIRC and I am not thrilled at it's licensing either (per PC) so I want to find an alternative that can do everything that it does and licensed to the user so I can just boot up a disc or USB on another PC and use it if necessary rather than remove a HD and bring it to my main PC to work on it, but haven't found one yet.

@ Mikhail : I tried the demo but it didn't seem to like my system. I got an error message when I tried to go to the Mount and Boot center. I'll email your support later with the error code, I forgot to write it down last night so I'll have to reboot later to get it.
Oct 3 2013 at 7:10am Copy Link
SM Griffith I hope a rep is listening because, as it turns out now, despite the error message the charge processed through my paypal account twice.

Now how do I get a refund for one of those?!

Oct 3 2013 at 8:10am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @SM Griffith: send a e-mail message to with both order IDs and tell which one you would like to refund.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 3 2013 at 8:49am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Tom Colvin: No need to pay for three copies, paying once is enough. EBCD is not installed like a Windows application - it's just a boot disk which can be used everywhere. And license key isn't bound to the hardware.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 3 2013 at 8:52am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Lito, "Can the partition manager resize a partition without destroying the data on the partition?":

No, not yet. But it this feature will be added to EBCD in the future.
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 3 2013 at 8:55am Copy Link
Roberto Hello Mikhail,

how we get future updates of EBCD?
Oct 3 2013 at 8:59am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Roberto: By applying Update Wizard to your personal ISO file:
PrimeExpert Software - Oct 3 2013 at 9:09am Copy Link
MICHAEL BONDI Will I be able to use EBCD to fix a win vista computer which has a corrupt registry? System will not boot from hard drive but I can use the installation disk to boot. I can not do a system restore because none are found. How would I use EBCD to fix corrupt registry?
Oct 3 2013 at 11:17am Copy Link
Jetty Birdsong I would be interested in the answer to Michael Bondi's question.

MICHAEL BONDI Will I be able to use EBCD to fix a win vista computer which has a corrupt registry? System will not boot from hard drive but I can use the installation disk to boot. I can not do a system restore because none are found. How would I use EBCD to fix corrupt registry?

Oct 3 2013 at 5:53pm Copy Link
Lito I got in contact with you during your flashboot sale on Bitsdujour about
an issue with the latest EBCD and my system not working with the mount
and boot section. The error it gives is "Assertion Failed! Alert Message
ID: 962/QL5FY". From your reply you said this is a fixable error and
would release an update after the promo ended, it's been a few months
since that promo but no update has been released, I was just wondering
what happened to it because I'd really like to have that working.

Also note, I have emailed you again about this in January using both my main email account and my gmail account, and have never received any reply from you. Last time you said it was in your spam folder. I think it's time you add a contact form on your website so that your spam filter isn't going to be an issue.
Mar 8 2014 at 8:17am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Lito: I am working to resolve that issue. It occurs only when you have many partitions and Windows installations, so data don't fit the screen in Mount&Boot Center.

Fixing it took longer than expected, sorry. It actually requires deep reengineering of EBCD UI (user interface) subsystem, so I decided not to release untested code before this promotion. Bugs of new UI subsystem in EBCD are still being ironed out in my environment at this moment.

Sorry I can't release a half-baked new version right now, I must be sure it's stable.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 10 2014 at 6:07am Copy Link
John Bartow Does this boot into a windows environment or a linux environment?
Mar 11 2014 at 9:33am Copy Link
DrTeeth What does this do that the free Ultimate Boot CD does not?
Mar 11 2014 at 10:46am Copy Link
Mary Wilson I am concerned about the error that you are talking about. So, why should I purchase something that has a major error. A boot disk is used for booting your comptuer and needs to work properly to be of use. This error sounds like it could problem when you need the program the most. Also, what is the time line for the repair? Will the repair be part of a new version requiring an upgrade or part of this purchase price?
Mar 11 2014 at 12:17pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @John Bartow: It boots to its own environment, based on FreeBSD. Looks like DOS with Unicode.

@DrTeeth: EBCD has its own proprietary registry access core. Fully supported registry rollback logs, Unicode, large keys, ACLs. Hence the set of tools: powerful registry editor, mount & boot center, registry defragmenter. Other tools don't have that or don't do that properly.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 12 2014 at 1:04am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Mary Wilson: I've been talking about errors in unreleased version @Lito wants to be released now, and why its postponed.

Version 1.4 which is promoted now is stable and known to be good. It's been around since April of 2013, including previous promotion.

When bugfix for specific error for @Lito environment will be ready and known not to cause harm for other users, it will be released for public via

All upgrades for EBCD are free for lifetime. Our first users who bought in 2008 still upgrade for free.
PrimeExpert Software - Mar 12 2014 at 1:11am Copy Link
Lito Thanks for the info Mikhail.

@Mary, The error is probably very specific to certain systems with a lot of HDs in them. I don't think most people will be affected by it. I have tested EBCD in other single HD systems like my old laptop with no issues, but my main rig has like 9 drives with multiple partitions on a few of them.
Mar 12 2014 at 8:35am Copy Link
Steven Avery I agree that it sounds like an unusual anomaly that you have to give the developer some leeway. Anybody want to share what they feel they got from EBCD that is value-added above the freebie crew? (This is an area where the Linux-based rescue kit area has a number of good freebies.)
Mar 12 2014 at 11:29am Copy Link
Raimondas Antanavicius Nice tool, but not worth 20$.
I payed for it 10$.
Nov 17 2014 at 2:08am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Raimondas Antanavicius: 7 years of development, ~ 220k lines of source code: $10 per copy is too low to cover the expenses.

Also, good software can't be cheap. If it's too cheap, people will think it's not even worth the effort to download.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 17 2014 at 2:26am Copy Link
Nelson Carvalho Sorry my English.
I would like to know the following:
1) My main HD is an SSD. Some problem? Functions equal?
2) NTFS, ok?
3) Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, ok?
Thank you.
Nov 17 2014 at 4:38am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Nelson Carvalho:

1) SSDs are fully supported. All EBCD functions work equally for SSDs and HDDs.
2) NTFS is fully supported (read, write, format, save image, restore image), both for fixed (internal) disks and external (USB) disks or thumbdrives. Also Unicode (latin and non-latin) characters are supported in file names.
3) Windows 7 is fully supported (in particular, system registry format, boot configuration data format) . As well as Windows 8 and 8.1.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 17 2014 at 5:38am Copy Link
Mary Wilson We have two computers and a laptop in my house. Can I use this on each system or do I have to have one for each system?
Nov 17 2014 at 6:23am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Mary Wilson:

Yes, you can use single copy of Emergency Boot CD on all your computers. Registered version of Emergency Boot CD is not bound to hardware.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 17 2014 at 7:26am Copy Link
E. Douglas Jensen How is this better than the free UBCD?
Nov 17 2014 at 7:58am Copy Link
Karl M. I'm willing to buy if it makes sense. Please tell me the advantages of Emergency Boot CD over
– Hiren's BootCD and
– FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD

Thank you.
Nov 17 2014 at 8:10am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik 1. EBCD contains Mount & Boot Center, which covers a lot of different problems related to computer boot process. Outstanding feature of Mount & Boot Center is a very simple user interface:
all problems listed below are solved on single screen.
In short, it verifies entire boot path:
1) Windows Disk Signatures (stored in MBR)
2) boot sector of the partition
3) boot.ini file on disk C:\
4) "Boot Configuration Data" registry hive
5) MountedDevices key of SYSTEM registry hive
EBCD is a one stop shop, it fixes various problems on disk, in registry and filesystem. Other disks require deep knowledge about particular boot problems, applicable tools and order of use of these tools to fix that boot problems.

2. EBCD key strength is a registry management: it contains:
- full-featured offline registry editor with raw mode, full Unicode support, search etc
- registry defragmenter
- Windows password changer tool.

Unlike other tools, EBCD can read and write large registry keys often found in registry files of latest Windows versions. Unlike other tools, EBCD registry editor can import and export registry keys, in text mode (.reg files) and in binary mode (NT registry hive), preserving ACLs, class names and other metadata. None of free offline registry editor support ACLs, class names and other metadata. None of free offline registry editors support registry log files, which are used to restore registry data on unclean shutdown. EBCD fully supports registry log files.

3. Also EBCD can copy/move files and folders between fixed and removable HDDs or USB thumbdrivers in any direction. EBCD contains a builtin File Manager with full support for Unicode, similar to Far Manager / Total Commander in Windows or Midnight Commander in Unix. Also it has builtin viewer and editor for text files.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 17 2014 at 8:46am Copy Link
Mike Montes Will this program recover files from noisy HDs, HDs that turn off and on, and drives that don't show up in Explorer? My experience has been "No". I don't believe there is any software, except maybe expensive ones, that can truly recover files from a crashed drive. And no, I don't back up frequently. My bad. I'll try it anyway.
Nov 17 2014 at 9:24am Copy Link
Karl M. @Mike Montes:
I made quite a few good experiences with GetDataBack from for recovering files.
Nov 17 2014 at 9:29am Copy Link
Mike Montes Thanks! I'll give it a try.
Nov 17 2014 at 9:40am Copy Link
Stephen Brown There are free programs that can be used to emulate your operating system. A friend of mine has just given me a linux program that's only 120MB in size (the name escapes me at the moment, but I will post it here once I see him on Wednesday) that when installed onto a pen drive and placed in a USB port can be used to boot up a system that has a corrupt operating system so that you can recover files from the hard drive/s. The system runs from the systems memory. Once you reboot, it's cleared from your system.

There's another program called Yumi thats also free and from what i've read does the same thing. You don't need Linux installed for it to read the hard drives.

Finally, check out Rufus yet another program that allows you to create a bootable pen drive. All free.
Nov 17 2014 at 12:51pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Stephen Brown: Yumi and Rufus seem like a competing products for FlashBoot, not Emergency Boot CD.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 17 2014 at 2:07pm Copy Link
Roger Kothawala Will it work for Windows 8 passwords reset?
Nov 17 2014 at 5:00pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Roger Kothawala: Yes, it will it work for Windows 8 passwords reset.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 17 2014 at 11:02pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! PrimeExpert Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 18 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
Karl M. Just purchased Emergency Boot CD.

It's a great software and I really recommend it. And it has lifetime updates.
Nov 18 2014 at 1:28am Copy Link
Kenneth Bates I have an old hard disk which will not boot. It just spins and makes a clicking sound.
It is not communicating with any other Windows system on the PC (Vista & 7). In fact the disk is not recognised at all. I have a low-level disk analysis program but, with the disk continually spinning uncontrollably, it has no chance.
How can your program help in this situation?
Nov 18 2014 at 4:13am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Kenneth Bates: Unfortunately no in this case, such low-level hardware problems are not fixable by software.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 18 2014 at 4:33am Copy Link
Kenneth Bates Thank you for your straightforward reply
Nov 18 2014 at 7:04am Copy Link
Michael R. As a happy former buyer of FlashBoot (and EBCD) I am waiting for the implementation to make flashboot multiboot-able so I can take all important images, like EBCD (, TrueImage, ... ) on a single USB-Stick with me...

Is there a roadmap, when this feature will be implemented? (It's quite a while at #1 of the user's wish-list...)
Nov 18 2014 at 8:05am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun Will this install to, boot from, and work from a USB flash key as well?
Nov 18 2014 at 2:27pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Michael R.: Multiboot feature in FlashBoot won't be implemented in a short time. There's significant pressure on FlashBoot from open-source software and freeware and so I'm not sure that FlashBoot 3.0 will be even released. Bugs will be fixed, for sure, but full rewrite is not planned as of yet. And let's discuss EBCD here, because it's EBCD's promotion, not FlashBoot's.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 19 2014 at 12:03am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! PrimeExpert Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 19 2014 at 12:11am Copy Link
Jagvar Svenessex Essex Can I put this onto USB stick so I can use it on a windows netbook that does not have an optical drive?
Nov 19 2014 at 3:05am Copy Link
Amit Yes, please tell if Emergency Boot CD can be used via a usb stick and not by a cd disk. also tell whether its partition manager also has the option of changing cluster size of a partition.

And if not by straight means then any other way to use EBCD onto by a usb stick. Thanks.
Nov 19 2014 at 3:14am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Faisal Humayun:
@Jagvar Svenessex Essex:

Emergency Boot CD can be installed onto USB stick and work from it as if it was run from CD or DVD disc. This feature is to be used on netbooks and servers which does not have an optical drive.

But that's an additional paid feature implemented by our separate product called FlashBoot:
(€19.95 regular price, €9.95 during Bits du Jour promotions).

Besides of converting Emergency Boot CD to Emergency Boot USB Thumbdrive, FlashBoot can:
- Install fully-functional Windows 8 to USB thumbdrive, as if it was fixed HDD, and boot it everywhere: at home, at friend's home, at work, at public library or internet-cafe. (You can carry your personal digital world in your pocket: your applications, your documents, your browser, your games; and run it everywhere.)
- Convert Windows installation CD/DVD to USB thumbdrive (to install Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 on netbooks and servers which does not have an optical drive)
- Convert BartPE bootable CD to USB thumbdrive (BartPE is like Linux Live CD, but for Windows).
- Install DOS-based MiniOS to USB thumbdrive (to run legacy games, BIOS updates etc)
- Convert various types of bootable CDs/DVDs and bootable floppies to bootable USB thumbdrive

So it's up to every user to decide if he or she wants to pay extra money for extra features.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 19 2014 at 5:47am Copy Link
CL I apologize if this has been discussed before and I missed it, but according to the "Fine Print" the software: 1) Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free for the lifetime of the product and 2) Support is provided for 24 months after your purchase. What is the cost of support (if needed) for the new versions after the initial 24 months?
Nov 19 2014 at 7:11am Copy Link
Faisal Humayun Thanks, will definitely wait for flashboot to get promoted.
Nov 19 2014 at 1:19pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @CL: We provide free support for all users and don't check licenses before answering requests. Support for 24 months is just a boilerplate legalese.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 19 2014 at 1:24pm Copy Link
Amit So you mean by Flashboot we can install Operating system xp, 7, 8 to a USB Thumbdrive ? and also EBCD to a usb drive ? if so when is flashboot to be here on bitsdujour ? And is the process of installing xp on a usb drive fairly simple or complex ? Thanks.
Nov 19 2014 at 10:05pm Copy Link
Robert Crombie Two questions -
1) Which version are we buying here (The screenshots are for the previous version 1.3)
2) In your description above you say - "it can backup partitions to image files"
I cannot see any info regarding imaging and restoring in your screenshots, nor on the vendor's web site

Jul 7 2015 at 4:02am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Robert Crombie:

1) The version on sale is always the latest version, 1.4e at the moment (screenshots on BitsDuJour need to be updated)

2) Here is a link to an article about EBCD Partition Manager. Backup, restore and other features. Relevant screenshots included:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 7 2015 at 4:16am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik Screenshots of Emergency Boot CD on Bits Du Jour has been updated to match the latest version.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 7 2015 at 6:09am Copy Link
Robert Crombie Mikhail,
Thanks for prompt and good response.
If the imaging/restoring portion of your program is reliable, I will definitely purchase today.
Is there the capability to verify/validate an image ?
(So we know it can be relied on later) ?

Jul 7 2015 at 6:25am Copy Link
David Sutphin Past purchaser. It's the kind of product you don't want to wait until you need it to think about buying! It's saved my tofu more than once!
Jul 7 2015 at 7:05am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Robert Crombie:

Emergency Boot CD demo version can save your disk to compressed image file, but in order to restore it you need a full version of EBCD. EBCD produces partition image files in open format, so they can be viewed by archivers which support .gz and .xz files. In such way you can verify that your backup copy is good.

Additionally, if you restore image of system disk, you can find useful another tool which is a part of EBCD toolset, Mount & Boot Center. This tool can fix the database of your boot manager if Windows refuses to boot:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 7 2015 at 7:32am Copy Link
Robert Crombie MikHail,
I won't take up any more of your valuable time.
I am purchasing now, and I can later experiment with imaging and recovering.

Jul 7 2015 at 7:49am Copy Link
Ali Akhlaghi does this support windows server 2008r2 ?
Jul 7 2015 at 12:04pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Ali Akhlaghi: Yes, Windows Server versions are fully supported. We don't impose any restrictions for corporate users, the same edition of EBCD is licensed for home users and corporate users.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 7 2015 at 12:29pm Copy Link
Ali Akhlaghi thank you.. just purchased (-:
Jul 7 2015 at 1:37pm Copy Link
Wolfman Will EBCD recognize partitions and files on dynamic drives?
Jul 7 2015 at 9:09pm Copy Link
Chris Roy Jackson I bought EBCD here about 2 years ago... Is there any plan to offer a special on "FlashBoot" anytime soon ???
Also, please explain the benefit of adding FlashBoot to my tools since I already have EBCD.
Jul 7 2015 at 11:57pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Wolfman:

Dynamic disk support in EBCD will be implemented in the future. It is feasible from technical point of view; but so far, you are a second user asking for this feature.

I've added this option to the EBCD Next Feature poll on our website. If there will be enough votes, then dynamic disk support will be implemented in the near future:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 8 2015 at 1:27am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Chris Roy Jackson:

FlashBoot special promotion with 50% discount was on Bits Du Jour not so long ago, in late June. But there's everyday promotion with 30% discount:

FlashBoot is a tool to convert various types of boot discs to bootable USB thumbdrives. It can convert Emergency Boot CD. It can convert Windows installation DVD to Windows installation USB thumbdrive. Also it can make Windows to run from USB thumbdrive as if it was internal HDD (so you can carry your personal digital world in your pocket: your applications, your documents, your browser, your games; and run it everywhere).

FlashBoot has many other features. See details on our website:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 8 2015 at 1:27am Copy Link
Rene de Vries Hi,

Can I recover a bitlocked harddrive? I have the bitlocker key...
Please let me know, if it can I buy it!

Kind Regards, Rene
Jul 8 2015 at 6:34am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Rene de Vries:

There are no decryption/cracking tools for Bitlocker in Emergency Boot CD. Bitlocker decryption is a very broad topic by itself, and there are specific third party tools for that purpose.

But Emergency Boot CD may be helpful for you in this situation as a tool to transfer (via USB HDD) bitlocker-encrypted disk to another computer for decryption; or to save backup copy of the encrypted disk to the image file on USB HDD (so if local decryption attempt with third-party tool goes wrong, your encrypted disk can be restored to initial state for another attempt with different tool or method).
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 8 2015 at 7:28am Copy Link
Robert Keen Have a PC with password, cannot find password, so have useless PC. Will this program allow me to bypass password and use PC?
Jul 8 2015 at 10:39am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Robert Keen:

Yes, Emergency Boot CD has Windows Password Wizard tool for that purpose:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 8 2015 at 11:58am Copy Link
Rich OBrien Quicken can't open its own files after I go into the BIOS and switch it to SATA AHCI so I can run Windows 7 from an SSD Solid State Device which among many benefits enables my computer to boot in 30 seconds instead of close to three minutes. Quicken says restore from backup. I try that. Quicken says the backup file is good but then it can't open the file.
The work around would seem to be to go back to a pre-AHCI Quicken installation when Quicken always could open its own files and then have Quicken export its file. I have a saved image of my earlier Windows installation made with the BIOS set to SATA IDE.
I switch the BIOS to SATA IDE and try to boot into that earlier Windows image and an error message tells me to insert my Windows disk. Because of a hardware change Windows must be repaired. I have the Windows installation disk but it fails to repair and wants to start over with a fresh installation of Windows. Is the Emergency Boot CD likely to repair an SATA IDE image after the Windows installation disc fails?
Jul 8 2015 at 2:38pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Rich OBrien:

I guess the best strategy in your situation is to move your Quicken profile to another computer (Plan A).

Quicken profile is stored in the folder C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Intuit\Quicken.

1. Using Emergency Boot CD, copy this folder from the first PC to USB thumbdrive. If you are familiar with two-panel file managers (Total Commander, Far Manager etc), then this won't take a long time, otherwise you need the detailed documentation:

2. Install the same version of Quicken on the second PC.

3. Run Quicken once, so it creates profile folder on the second PC.

4. Then exit Quicken, so it's not running at the step 5.

5. On the second PC: delete the folder C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Intuit\Quicken and copy files from USB thumbdrive to the same location (C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Intuit\Quicken).

If Quicken runs normally, then it would be better to scrap your Windows installation and start over.

* * * * *

Plan B:

Using EBCD you may revert from AHCI to IDE as explained below:

But please revert again to your last known good state of Windows installation (restore image file) and set SATA to IDE mode in BIOS setup before applying this procedure, because it seems to me that your hardware is not fully compatible with current version of AHCI driver in your Windows installation, hence the boot error because you have some random blocks on your disk filled with garbage.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 9 2015 at 12:03am Copy Link
Rich OBrien After waiting 8 hours for a reply, it is 11:15. I'm up way too late and am going to bed. If Emergency Boot CD is offered by BitsDuJour again tomorrow, I hope to hear back from someone. It would be wonderful to actually be able to repair Windows since the Windows installation disc always fails to repair.
Also, after switching to SATA AHCI, not only can Windows run from an SSD but also it is supposed to be possible to boot into Windows on a portable drive. Can the Emergency Boot CD help to boot from a Windows image on a portable drive?
Jul 9 2015 at 1:11am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Rich OBrien: Good idea, but I recommend to copy your profile directory (e.g. C:\Users\RichOBrien) to USB thumbdrive using EBCD File Manager before you reformat disk C: during Windows reinstallation. You may even do that for free, using EBCD demo version.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 9 2015 at 11:42pm Copy Link
Johann Ahlers Looks like great software. Just bought a copy.
Can you advise on the use of EBCD for the recovery of "Windows Storage Spaces" on multiple hard drives in Windows 8/8.1?
Jul 10 2015 at 3:04am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Johann Ahlers:

Storage Spaces is a new server-class storage technology for combining multiple hard drives into one storage pool. Single logical disk created in that pool can span multiple physical disks, so it's a variant of software RAID (which is modelled after Solaris ZFS, unlike their old-style Dynamic Disks aka Veritas Volume Manager).

But with a caveat: Storage Spaces are built on the Microsoft proprietary data format, which has not been reverse engineered yet. So, currently best strategy for the recovery of Storage Spaces is a preventive backup.

Basically, you need to back up all underlying disks sector-by-sector. If you recover all of the underlying disks to the original state, then Storage Spaces will be recreated.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 10 2015 at 4:19am Copy Link
Johann Ahlers Thank you! I have already 'lost' one of my hard drives in the Storage Spaces pool - this one has some files without redundancy... Seems I will have to attempt to recover the particular drive sector by sector.
Jul 10 2015 at 5:41am Copy Link
Rich OBrien To Johan Ahlers To recover drive partitions or data, download and try Eassos Recovery. Lots of programs claim to work, Eassos Recovery actually does -- a surprising amount of the time. If it does work, you'll know right away, unlike the other programs that run all day before saying sorry. Once again, I have BitsDuJour to thank for informing me about Eassos Recovery on May 8, 2015.
Jul 10 2015 at 11:53pm Copy Link
Wolfman Does the OS recognize dynamic and/or striped hard drives?
Jan 21 2016 at 7:20am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Wolfman: Yes, underlying OS has support for Windows dynamic disks (and other types of LDM volumes) via geom_part_ldm(4) driver.
PrimeExpert Software - Jan 21 2016 at 7:51am Copy Link
Tom User Is it fully compatible with windows 10?

How about ZFS files?
Jan 21 2016 at 9:22am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Tom User:

Yes, Emergency Boot CD is fully compatible with Windows 10. It's important to note that Windows 10 has new format of binary logs for registry hives (not supported by Windows 7/8), and EBCD fully supports both registry log formats: Windows 7/8 and Windows 10. By the way, this feature of Emergency Boot CD is unique among completing tools: other products either don't support registry hives/logs in Win10 format, or auto-upgrade all mounted registry hives to Win10 format, which is not desired when main OS on HDD is Windows 7. Emergency Boot CD always preserves original registry format, so Windows 10 registry is fully supported, but Windows 7 registry is not tainted by the new stuff.

Also Emergency Boot CD knows about new registry hives which appeared in Windows 10 (amcache.hve and schema.dat in SMI store), so they are listed in Registry Editor and processed by Registry Defragmenter.

Regarding ZFS, you are the first user asking for this feature. But it's certainly possible to add it to Emergency Boot CD, because underlying kernel has solid support for ZFS. So, it's on the table now and may be added to the next version of Emergency Boot CD.
PrimeExpert Software - Jan 21 2016 at 10:21am Copy Link
Tom User Great! send me a copy to test the ZFS when you get it up an running.
Jan 21 2016 at 4:36pm Copy Link
John Oliver How many partition types is this tool aware of please?
Can it cope with a mixed drive include HFS, NTFS etcetera?
What about new and old boot methods, MBR and UEFI etc?
Jan 21 2016 at 6:01pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik Emergency Boot can mount NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, Linux ext2/ext3, FreeBSD UFS, ISO 9660 and UDF filesystems. It can handle the following disk layouts: MBR, GPT and LDM (Windows dynamic disks). Unicode is supported both at filesystem level (all planes) and by screen font containing all glyphs for Basic Multilingual Plane. Registry Editor also fully supports Unicode.

EBCD Mount & Boot Center can fix various boot issues and verify entire boot path for both BIOS-based systems and UEFI-based systems. Partitions on GPT disks are identified in the different way than partitions on MBR disks in registry hives of the Boot Configuration Data, and EBCD Mount & Boot Center fully supports both options.

EBCD itself boots via BIOS/CSM method for better compatibility with older and newer computers.
PrimeExpert Software - Jan 22 2016 at 12:07am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! PrimeExpert Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 22 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik By the way, we have a list of articles on our website explaining in detail various boot problems and situations which can occur with your PC or notebook, and how Emergency Boot CD can be useful to fix them:
PrimeExpert Software - Jan 22 2016 at 9:06am Copy Link
Rich OBrien I paid for Emergency Boot CD last night, thank you. Just now I visited your website. People who wonder if you really know what you're talking about should read your "How To Change Disk Controller Mode From IDE to AHCI Without Reinstalling Windows 7/Vista." To enjoy having a computer which is is four times faster, move Windows to an SSD - Solid State Device. Your article is the only place I've found that explains in detail how to realistically prepare Windows to run on AHCI without the hassle of spending days reinstalling Windows and reinstalling all your programs. When I switched to SSD which requires AHCI, I didn't have your instructions. And unfortunately, I lost days of my life doing it the hard way.
Jan 22 2016 at 3:01pm Copy Link
Kirk User I did as you suggested and made a demo disk, changed the bios for booting off the CD, and tried booting my Asus M32CD computer, and EBCD booted up to the option screen, but the mouse and keyboard would NOT work. Did I miss some drivers for the EBCD, or is it that pesky Intel Skylake processor chipset??
Jan 22 2016 at 4:13pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! PrimeExpert Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 23 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Kirk User: Yep, it's that pesky Intel Skylake chipset. Both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on that chipset look like USB 3.0 from software side of view, that's why Windows 7 installation disc requires modification for Skylake, otherwise even keyboard and mouse are mute. Same thing for EBCD. Despite EBCD already has support for USB 3.0, Skylake is a different beast, requiring higher USB 3.0 driver priority over USB 2.0 driver for each port.
This is a high priority issue, and I will release an update, but not before the end of this promotion (because this update requires major upgrade of the undelying kernel, and about a week of work, mostly testing).
PrimeExpert Software - Jan 23 2016 at 12:59am Copy Link
Mike I did not notice any mention of support for the ReFS file system.
Jan 23 2016 at 2:31am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Mike: As far as I know, ReFS (Resilient Filesystem) is a feature of Windows Server editions starting with Windows Server 2012, offering protection against bit rot by adding additional integrity stream for each file. This filesystem is supported by server editions of Windows only, can not be bootable, and has sup par performance compared to NTFS.

We may add support for this filesystem eventually, but it's not on the top priority list as of now. Support for ReFS is in the EBCD's Next Feature Poll now: . So ultimately it's up to the users: if there will be more votes for this feature, then it will be implemented faster.
PrimeExpert Software - Jan 23 2016 at 4:09am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik Vendor is here. I would be happy to answer your questions about the Emergency Boot CD.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 26 2016 at 2:53am Copy Link
Nelson User Hello I have purchase this in the past is there any information or tutorials for this software. I have not been able to utilize the software to its full capabilities thank you.
Jul 26 2016 at 5:59am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Nelson User:

Most important features of Emergency Boot CD are:

1. Fix various system boot errors (0xC0000098, 0xC000000E, BOOTMGR/NTLDR is missing, etc):

2. Edit and view Windows Registry in offline mode, i.e. outside of Windows, even if Windows does not boot. So you can:
- Recover Windows Product Key:
- Switch your disk controller from IDE to AHCI mode and vice versa without reinstalling Windows:
- Rejoin Windows domain, even if you are not able to logon locally:
- Fix permissions of undeleteable registry key:
- Restore mount point of your disk C: if it was moved or resized, so no longer recognized by Windows:

3. Backup and restore files and partitions on your computer:
- Either on per-file basis:
- Or entire partitions:
- Or transfer from HDD to SSD without reinstalling Windows:

4. Restore access to your computer:
- If you forgot Windows password:
- If your computer got infected by ransomware:

Feel free to explore more articles highlighting other features of Emergency Boot CD on our website:

Also we have comprehensive illustated product manual detailing every small feature of Emergency Boot CD. It consists of 230 pages, split to volumes for easier reading:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 26 2016 at 6:44am Copy Link
RichU Hi! I had an old Win7 HD that became unbootable, possibly because of a bad boot sector. Can this software 1. boot the HD, 2. fix the MBR and whatever else is needed to boot, and 3. bypass the bad sector to make the HD usable and bootable again?
Jul 26 2016 at 7:11am Copy Link
Myrna Larson You say it works for all versions of Windows, including Windows 10? Windows 10 has a Recovery Disk option which requires USB 16 GB (minimum) -- yes, GB, not MB. That's bigger than a CD or DVD disc, other than a BluRay disc.
Jul 26 2016 at 7:13am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @RichU:

You can use Emergency Boot CD to diagnose and fix this situation.

First of all, boot Emergency Boot CD and choose Partition Manager in the main menu. Then try to copy system partition of Windows 7 to image file on USB HDD or USB thumbdrive. Step by step guide how to do it:

If there were no errors, then your Windows 7 system partition does not contain bad sectors, and so it fails to boot purely due to software reasons. These reasons are quickly and easily fixed with Emergency Boot CD. Run Mount & Boot Center tool from the main menu, then follow this guide:

If there were error(s) copying your Windows 7 system partition to image file, then your HDD contains a bad sector(s). This situation is worse, but still tractable. In this case you could probably could restore your hardware to working state, but you need to understand that contents of your unbootable disk C: will be lost. Choose Partition Manager of Emergency Boot CD, then choose Wipe Partition feature. This feature will rewrite surface of your Windows 7 system partition with random data (hard disk hardware automatically remaps a bad sectors to the reserved area after multiple rewrite attempts). If necessary, run partition wiping of your former disk C: multiple times until there are no bad sectors. Finally, reinstall Windows 7.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 26 2016 at 8:21am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Myrna Larson:

Emergency Boot CD does not contain any parts or components of Windows 10, albeit it supports all features of filesystem format and registry hive format of Windows 10.

Emergency Boot CD is based on independent technology which does not require large media size.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 26 2016 at 8:22am Copy Link
Gerard User Is it possible to backup to or save files to a network attached device, or are we only able to see drives which are directly attached to the PC where Emergency Boot CD is running. I guess I am asking if there is any network connectivity built in. When saving partitions making backups etc, I like to do this to a separate machine.
Jul 26 2016 at 9:46am Copy Link
b g 3 questions. please:

1. I have several computers running WinXP, Win7 and both 32 and 64 bit. Will this software work for all?

2. Can you give me a link to see how it might work differently with the various OS's

3. Will this software help to create and manage partitions?

Thank you,
Jul 26 2016 at 9:53am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Gerard User:

Only local (fixed and removable, e.g. SATA/PATA and USB HDD) storage devices are supported by Emergency Boot CD as of now. We are considering support for mounting network filesystems for future versions, among other priorities. Vote for this feature in our Next Feature Poll for EBCD if you consider it important:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 26 2016 at 11:34am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @b g:

1. Yes. Software runs from CD, so it is not restricted by the version of your operating system on HDD. Emergency Boot CD will work with any OS from the following list: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, as well as server equivalents of operating systems listed above. Also EBCD will work with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows.

For example, EBCD Registry Editor handles registry hives created by all versions of Windows, and preserves original registry hive format when saving changed hive to disk (i.e. avoids autoupgrade to the latest hive format, unlike many of competitor's tools based on Windows PE).

And yes, you can use single registered copy of Emergency Boot CD on the all of your computers. It is not bound to hardware.

2. Here is a pair of links to articles with screenshots which demonstrate EBCD support for both Windows XP and Windows 7+:

3. Yes. Emergency Boot CD contains Partition Manager which is a tool to create, format, delete and wipe partitions. Also it can backup partitions to image files, restore them back, and copy partition-to-partition. More info:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 26 2016 at 11:45am Copy Link
SoftCollector I wish this worked from a USB stick. CDs are on their way out. On my laptop I have even swapped the DVD drive for an SSD. Having to revert back to a CD or attach a USB DVD drive is a chore.
Jul 27 2016 at 12:02am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @SoftCollector:

You can use our another product called FlashBoot to convert ISO file of Emergency Boot CD into bootable USB thumbdrive:
FlashBoot supports many other CD/DVD-to-USB conversion scenarios.

FlashBoot was on a big Bits Du Jour promotion with 50% discount just a week ago. Also there is a 25% everyday discount offer for FlashBoot on Bits Du Jour:
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 27 2016 at 1:05am Copy Link
Robert Crombie I help a neighbor with his PC.
He has W7 Pro 32 bit.
It will no longer fully boot into Windows, and I reckon he must have disobeyed MS rules, by disconnecting the power whilst MS was doing updates.
Can your software recover from that mess ?

Jul 27 2016 at 8:33pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Robert Crombie:

First of all, try to repair Windows by itself. Press F8 at boot time, enter advanced boot options, try booting into Last Known Good configuration and into the Safe Mode.

If this approach didn't help, take a note of exact boot error message Windows displays and compare it with a list of boot errors Emergency Boot CD can fix.
If there's a match, then EBCD definitely will be able to fix it.

Also you can try EBCD Registry Defragmenter tool (it is available from the main menu). It will apply registry transaction log to each registry hive in your neighbor's Windows installation, and strictly validate each registry hive (before writing it back to disk), so all boot errors related to registry hives inconsistencies will be fixed. And in the end you will know for sure, whether your neighbor's Windows registry is in normal state or it's just an unfixable mess.

But in general it's better to act proactively. If there was a dump of disk C:, taken before power break during Windows update, which can be made by Emergency Boot CD as explained here:
then you could be able to recover neighbor's PC in a minutes.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 28 2016 at 1:31am Copy Link
geo User Hello Mikhail.
Nice to see you guys running a sale on EBCD.
I have purchased your other product Flash Boot and must say that it is a joy using it. I recommend it to everyone I know !!!
I have looked at your current offer and plan to get it. I believe you put out an excellent product and stand behind it 100%.
I have a few tools like this in my arsenal to tackle problems with my PCs and EBCD will definitely be a worthy one to have.
One question I have is if you have guides on using EBCD to solve BSOD with stop codes.
In particular I have a WinXP machine used for legacy software that gives me BSOD. I got some stop codes written down somewhere and have also found out that booting stops at AGP440.sys.
HDD appears to be OK for now at least.Cloned it and get same error.
I can mount it and get the data on USB so that is good, but I would like to save the installation of the OS because of the legacy software ( no backups).
I have put everything aside for now until I get some time to work on this.
Could EBCD help me with that?
One other question is, can additional tools be added to the disk menu to run if needed, like virus scanner etc?

Jul 28 2016 at 1:57am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @geo User:

Thanks you. I greatly appreciate your kind words.

Regarding AGP440.sys-related BSoD on your WinXP machine, it seems to be caused by bad driver of the video card (AGP stands for Accelerated Graphics Port). Try booting into Windows XP in the safe mode (F8 at loader prompt) and uninstalling video card driver. If Windows is not able to boot into safe mode, then you can disable that driver manually via Emergency Boot CD registry editor:
1. Run EBCD Registry Editor, open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM registry hive, note the value of Select\Current (NNN).
2. Go to registry key ControlSetNNN\Services\agp440 and set value Start=3 (it means "started manually").
3. Save changed registry hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM to disk (F2) and exit EBCD Registry Editor.

Currently main menu of Emergency Boot CD is not extendable by user.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 28 2016 at 3:53am Copy Link
Bill OConnell Thank you for answering questions.
I have an external drive that has an issue. States that it must be formatted before it is used and of course, i concerned formatting it will delete all the data stored on it. will one of the options on your product find the disk on the system and either repair it or allow me to get the data off it?
Again, thank you.
Jul 28 2016 at 9:18am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Bill OConnell: When Windows displays that little dialog box saying the disk must be formatted, it means that Windows is unable to recognize the filesystem on disk. Which is bad, because, for example, for NTFS boot sector is duplicated three times on disk, and for MFT there's a mirror too.
Maybe this USD HDD was unmounted uncleanly or USB cable is unreliable. Chances are low that you will be to recover your filesystem in full, but you may be able to extract some small and unfragmented files from it by doing a full surface scan using tools like Recuva, TestDisk/PhotoRec or more professional forensic examination tools like Autopsy/TSK. It involves a lot of manual work sorting old data deleted long time ago, though.

Emergency Boot CD is only useful is such situation when it happens to internal HDD (Emergency Boot CD can take image of failed filesystem from fixed disk to external HDD for further forensic analysis on the second PC). In your case it's on external HDD already, so proceed straight to forensic extraction tools.
PrimeExpert Software - Jul 28 2016 at 10:14am Copy Link
geo User @ Mikhail always thanks for your help.
I have tried the usual , F8, safe mode (not possible), repair XP option (did not seem to make any difference) so, I think the registry step you suggested would be my next step.
Meant to ask, are there any forums for EBCD ?

Jul 28 2016 at 4:38pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik Vendor here. If there are any questions about the product, I'll be happy to answer.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 14 2017 at 5:50am Copy Link
Benjamin User Is it better than Remo recover Windows ? My wife started everything afresh and losed all of her database, she'd like to get back as much lost file as possible, but we are not sure it will work.

Some software only work if you installed them before the data loss... what I am looking for is a true data recovery. My wife's computer have been formatted, and we need to recover all the lost files such as photos, documents, etc.

Hope to hear from you soon..
Nov 14 2017 at 6:09am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Benjamin User:

Emergency Boot Kit is the comprehensive emergency recovery tool: a full-featured standalone file, registry and partition manager.

Bootable file manager lets you explore your disk C: and other disks even if Windows is not bootable. Then you can save files from your computer to external USB thumbdrive or USB HDD, or restore them back if necessary. Also it has builtin viewer and editor for text files.

Emergency Boot Kit strength is a Registry management: it provides you with a set of useful tools for editing Registry from outside of Windows, handy for making changes even if your PC got unbootable because of misconfiguration, viruses or installation of wrong drivers. Windows Password Wizard gives you powerful access to your PC even when you completely forget the password for your Windows user account.

Also Emergency Boot Kit contains a special tool to fix various boot problems. It is able to analyze, update and rebuild from scratch complex BCD (Boot Configuration Data) registry hives. So you can edit boot menus, reassign and fix missing drive letters and repair boot records.

Finally, a Partition Manager can be used to create, format, delete, and wipe partitions. Also it can backup partitions to image files, restore them, and even copy from partition to partition. This is very useful to transfer your Windows, including installed software, to another PC.

Regarding your situation, chances are low that you will be to recover your filesystem in full. But there are specialized software which may be able to extract some small and unfragmented files from already formatted partition by doing a full surface scan. You may try Recuva or forensic examination tools like Autopsy/TSK. However, this involves a lot of manual work sorting old data deleted long time ago.

Emergency Boot Kit is only useful is your situation that it can take image of internal HDD and save it to external USB-HDD for further forensic analysis on the second PC.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 14 2017 at 7:32am Copy Link
Retired Engineer Has anyone had problems using this on Windows 10?
Nov 14 2017 at 7:44am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Retired Engineer:

Emergency Boot Kit fully supports Windows 10 (RTM, Anniversary Update, Creators Update and Fall Creators Update). Emergency Boot Kit can recognize and update Windows 10 filesystem and registry, and can be deployed to USB thumbdrive under Windows 10.

For example, in Windows 10 Anniversary Update a new format of SAM database was introduced. Emergency Boot Kit fully supports this new format in addition to old format used in previous versions of Windows.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 14 2017 at 8:32am Copy Link
David Vaughan This may have already been covered but I couldn't find it...

I purchased Emergency Boot CD with lifetime updates in July 2015 via a BDJ special. Your website says, "Emergency Boot Kit (formerly Emergency Boot CD)..." so, I assume my original purchase can be updated to Emergency Boot Kit for free. I want to know if I need to buy again or not. Thanks.
Nov 14 2017 at 11:48pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! PrimeExpert Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 15 2017 at 12:11am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @David Vaughan:

Yes, we support free unlimited updates from Emergency Boot CD to Emergency Boot Kit. Just redownload ZIP file from original order result URL you got in 2015. Now it contains Emergency Boot Kit, latest version, including your license key. This applies to everyone who purchased Emergency Boot CD in 2012-2016, including all Bits du Jour promotions.

If you no longer have order result URL (only ISO file left or CD/DVD disc with product), then you can have a free update too. URL for update can be retrieved using "Emergency Boot CD to Emergency Boot Kit Update Wizard":
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 15 2017 at 12:33am Copy Link
Robert Crombie I just purchased a copy.
Couple of questions relating to the USB Thumb drive we install this into -
- Do we pre-format it, or does the 'installer' do that ?
- Should it be formatted to Fat32 or NTFS ?
- Once 'Installed' on the thumb drive, can we interact with the free space on that thumb drive ? EG Copy files from/to that thumb drive TO the hard drive we are fixing/repairing
Nov 15 2017 at 1:02am Copy Link
Craig S. Hello, I'm particularly interested in the Registry Defragmenter function. How much performance gain can one expect in using this defragmenter? And how safe/reliable is it ? My Windows installation is over 5 years old, and it's running pretty slow (boot time is horrible). I have plenty of RAM and HD space, so that's not the issue. Thanks in advance.
Nov 15 2017 at 1:03am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Robert Crombie:

There's no need to pre-format USB thumbdrive, 'Installer' (called deployer) does it automatically. It formats either to FAT32 or to FAT16, depending on size of USB thumbdrive. After deployment, Emergency Boot Kit is contained in the folders "boot" and "efi", everything else outside of these folders can be used as you wish.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 15 2017 at 1:48am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Craig S.:

Registry Defragmenter feature exists in this product for more than 5 years. It was tested on all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 and demonstrated good performance results. As an example, for Windows 10 RTM actuation delay of Start button has been reduced from 3 seconds to 1 second.

During defragmentation new data is saved to temporary files, so in the case of power loss registry hives will remain intact. After defragmentation is complete, hives are strictly validated. Copies of old registry hives are saved as *.OLD files.

Also, we have articles section on our website showcasing our products and their features:

In particular, you may find useful tips for Windows performance tuning:
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 15 2017 at 1:51am Copy Link
j User I downloaded the trial version and installed on a usb drive. Using a Dell Laptop and using the F12 key to boot, it does not recognize the program and boots normally, Can you assist? Thanks
Nov 15 2017 at 6:35am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @j User:

Please send a photo of Boot Settings Menu in the BIOS setup of your Dell laptop to so we can assist you.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 15 2017 at 7:05am Copy Link
Robert Crombie Mikhail,
Thanks for responding on my USB questions.

BitsDuJour members,
I recommend buying Mikhail's products, as the service is prompt, and excellent.
Nov 15 2017 at 9:06am Copy Link
geo User I just want to echo @Robert Crombie comment.
This is an excellent tool to have if you are into working with PCs.
It is by no means a cure all, such thing does not exist anyway, but this will help you and the developer has always demonstrated his commitment to his product and customers (just read all the previous comments).

A question for @Mikhail Kupchik: How can we stay informed about new content added to the home site, like help articles, for either Flash boot or EBKIT?

Nov 15 2017 at 11:07pm Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Robert Crombie, @geo User: Thank you for the kind words.

There are two RSS channels for news about our products:

We don't run e-mail subscription lists, as these are usually percieved as spam. Unlike e-mail subscriptions, in RSS technology, solely user decides when to subscribe/unsubscribe.
PrimeExpert Software - Nov 15 2017 at 11:56pm Copy Link
Craig S. Downloaded Demo and tested Registry defragmenter option. Received the following error contained in this screenshot:

Was hoping to test before promotion expires, but I've run out of time for tonight. Any help is appreciated.


Nov 16 2017 at 3:08am Copy Link
CFGuy For the PrimeExpert Software Rep: this program looks very good, and my thanks to your company for offering it here on the BDJ website for a nice discount. Having said that, as a potential customer, I do have two questions about the program that I am hoping to have addressed before purchase.
First: does this program, "Emergency Boot Kit", also include the functions of your other program, "FlashBoot"? Or does "FlashBoot" have function that are not already included in the "Emergency Boot Kit" program?
Second: There was a user post in the "discussion" section of the software offering for the "FlashBoot" program, a while back now, in which the consumer said that he had purchased the "Emergency Boot Kit" program and that the program would "not boot [his] machine" because he suspected "[he thought] it is a GPT instead of MBR partition table issue" (link to this post, here on BDJ is: As far as I could see, his post/question was never addressed, which makes me curious as to whether he was correct in his assumption that the "Emergency Boot Kit" program will not boot/function correctly on computers with "GPT" (as opposed to "MBR") formatted partition tables.
If the PrimeExpert software rep would please take a moment to clarify this issue (and whether it might still present a problem for consumers with hard drives using "GPT" formatted partition tables, I would really appreciate this. Thanks so much. -Cfguy
May 1 at 9:31am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @CFGuy: Emergency Boot Kit and FlashBoot are different products which don't have intersecting features. Emergency Boot Kit is a powerful toolset for data recovery and fixing unbootable computers, a self-contained bootable OS on USB thumbdrive which works independently from Windows (in short: a standalone file, registry and partition manager). FlashBoot is a USB thumbdrive formatting utility, which is installed and runs in Windows like any other software.

Both FlashBoot and Emergency Boot Kit fully support hard disks and other storage devices (like SSDs) with MBR and GPT partition tables. This was tested multiple times on the different hardware. I'm referring to current versions of the software. That linked comment probably was relevant for some older version, and that was fixed long ago, anyway.
PrimeExpert Software - May 1 at 9:48am Copy Link
Gary Smith I have an iMac Model A1224 with Windows 7 installed on it. The person that did the install set up a password but did not have a Windows License to activate the install, and is now out of the picture, and no longer accessible. Of course, the Win 7 is past the 30 day limit, so it will not do anything even if I could get in. When the unit boots, everything looks fine, except it needs a password to log in and proceed. I bought the unit AS-IS, figuring that I could use one of several utilities that would allow me to reset the password, and then I could activate the OS with a legal key.

So far, all utilities have failed with the graphics being out of sync, so the screen is totally unreadable. It reminds me of old TVs out of sync, and I also have seen a few PCs do this when the hardware and monitor do not match. In this case, the Window 7 OS and the monitor work just fine; it is when some other software is handling the boot process. I understand that older versions of Emergency Boot Disk does not have the ability to make the graphics sync properly. Do you know what causes this situation, and also can the current version of Emergency Boot Disk keep the graphics in sync?
May 2 at 12:25am Copy Link
Mikhail Kupchik @Gary Smith: This is why Emergency Boot Kit has demo mode, available for free for all users. In this mode internal HDDs and SSDs are available in read-only mode (they are not writeable), but you can determine if your computer screen works normally or is out of sync. If there are no compatibility problems in demo mode, then you can safely proceed to buying Emergency Boot Kit, otherwise alas:

Out of sync graphics may be caused by missing drivers. If the hardware is very unusual, then OEM version of Windows 7 shipped with your computer may have these unusual video drivers integrated/preinstalled, and all other operating systems (various 3rd party tools you've tried) either don't have these unusual drivers preinstalled, or they do not exist at all (e.g. such drivers exist only for macOS and OEM version of Windows 7, not Linux/FreeBSD these tools are based on).

The latter case is quite hard, even simple reinstallation of plain and clean Windows 7 (without prior integration of OEM graphics drivers using DISM tool from MS WAIK) on such computer will be impossible. The only viable option would be detaching internal storage device from your computer, attaching it to another computer, and running password reset tool (such as Emergency Boot Kit Password Wizard) in the virtual machine, e.g. VMware Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox, with virtual hard drive mapped to temporarily attached physical hard drive.
PrimeExpert Software - May 2 at 12:57am Copy Link
Gary Smith Thanks for the reply.

The computer did not ship with Windows 7 already installed.Originally, the same computer had the Mac OS installed, but the owner was not familiar with the OS, so he decided to install Windows 7 instead. Since the install did not ask for a key, he presumed that he didn't need one, until a month later. At that point, he was ready to sell it.

The Emergency Boot Disk Trial does have the same problem with the "out of sync" graphics. Thankfully, Tenoshare Boot Genius was able to boot and display correctly, and was able to reset the password. Apparently the default drivers work just fine, even if it is an iMac A1224.

Hopefully, you can add the same type of drivers so that the Emergency Boot Disk can do the same. That would make the product more appealing as a general boot problem solving tool.
May 2 at 6:22pm Copy Link

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