FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD/USB 4.5

March 12, 2011

At last, for your enjoyment… the latest version of FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD has arrived. V4.5 may be just a 0.5 version bump, but there is so much good stuff in here, lots of changes and lots of cool new toys to play with.

In this boot CD are the most popular and useful tools anyone would ever need. The best of the free software, the best of the commercial software, and it all fits on one CD-R that’s readable by any computer worth booting on. Not everything can read a DVD, and USB booting is hit and miss at best.

It’s been a long time. How have you been? Things have changed since we last met… I got myself a corporate IT job, still doing computer repair on the side. But being a side thing, kinda has its pros and cons. On one hand I don’t have constant first-hand experience using the disc anymore. On the other hand, I can also take a step back and look at it from a designer’s point of view… how well does it work? What does it do good, what’s bad, what could be done better? How can I make this the ULTIMATE BOOT CD it claims to be?

This disc, a minor half-version revision, is the answer to those questions. Scoured through every option, considered the usefulness of some tools, added others, collaborated with users over Facebook, gutted some functions and built others. A launcher here, a script there, and about 1,500 WIM captures. I imagine I went through some 20 ISO re-burns, 150 virtual machine boots, 200 VHD mount/unmounts… I can’t even count how much time has been put into polishing this thing. All for the love of making computer repair accessible to anyone that wants it.

Of note… let’s see here. Virtual Floppy enables you to mount images from your USB stick to be used in a boot selection like MiniXP (for F6 SATA/RAID drivers) or DR-DOS (BIOS flashing). VFD with file copy allows you to make a <1mb RAR file accessible to DR-DOS or Hiren’s DOS in a virtual floppy. Wireless drivers in MiniXP along with improved Ethernet and storage support. Mini Linux provided by RIP Linux. Bootable partition and imaging utilities provided by Acronis True Image and EASEUS Partition Manager. Improved Memtest86+ with failsafe mode to resolve startup hangs. Kon-Boot 1.1 is really v1.1 now, with support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. Tons of new utilities in MiniXP with new launchers to provide easier access. ERD 5.0 is integrated with MiniXP for offline system restore and service/driver management, and Microsoft DaRT 6.5 (x86 and x64) are added to support Windows Vista and 7. Antivirus scanning with real-time updates is provided by DaRT 6.5’s Standalone System Sweeper, and allows you to load definitions to a USB stick for live updating.

This ain’t yo mama’s BartPE compilation.

Based on Hiren’s BootCD 13.0 Rebuild by DLC, minus some unnecessary clutter.

  • MiniXP gutted and rebuilt with new, flexible on-disc scripting, for easy mods.
  • Active File Recovery 7.5.1
  • CCleaner 3.04CPU-Z 1.57
  • HWMonitor 1.17
  • MS DaRT 5 / ERD Commander 2005 utilities
  • HD Tune Pro 4.60
  • ImgBurn
  • Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8
  • MyDefrag 4.3.1 with FullOptimize script
  • NirSoft collection 3/1/2011, now with 90% fewer antivirus false alarms
  • SoftPerfect Network Scanner 5.1.2
  • TreeSize Personal 5.4.4
  • Firefox Portable 3.6.14
  • SpinRite 6.0 (under DOS -> Hard Disk Tools)
  • Shiny graphics that make the room smell nicer

And of course, a slew of utilities from Hiren’s disc, some updated, including:EzPcFix, Acronis Disk Director, ATF Cleaner, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware updated 3/7/2011, Bulk Rename Utility, Combofix updated 3/2/2011, Defraggler, Speccy, Content Advisor Password Remover, Recuva, Diskview, Filemon, Regmon, Procmon, DriveImageXML, GetDataBack, Recover My Files, Ghost32 11.5.1, ISOBuster, GImageX (ImageX GUI), SUPERAntiSpyware, IrfanView, NTPWEdit, Partition Magic, TeraCopy, TightVNC Server/Viewer, Unstoppable Copier, Victoria, MHDD, WinRAR, and 7-Zip

MD5: 225435D19B1D134892BD2057C5F4490F
SHA-1: 6980D5906295AF28475260FEE9395D4D35E3DFB8

Download the torrent (preferred, saves both of our time)…
Or download via the web (currently down – sorry! May be back soon) (have fun clicking all 28 links!).

And, on Facebook: http://facebook.com/F4UBCD

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  1. Thanks for creating & sharing one of the best PC Tools Falconfour….

    Any chance of us seeing an updated & further improved / tweaked version of this swiss army knife? I know it is very time consuming but then not anyone can achieve the quality of boot CD which you have established.

    Let us know if there are some plans…Thanks again

  2. I have been IT and repair tech for 20 years, and i can tell you right now, your tool, specially the last one ( v4.5) is THE BEST boot cd i have ever used.
    1 ton of thanks for taking the time and effort to produce such extraordinary tool for guys like me.

  3. i have intel h67 board and this FBCD 4.5 cant detect the harddrive on this system whether sata2 or 3, the system boots with the drive which means its working,, plz help,

    • Its not the board, but if Bios is set to use drives as AHCI they will probably bot be recogniced. Disable AHCI in bios and all should be fine. When you’re done using the CD you can set it back. I struggled a long time before I understood this.

      • thank you i figured that out myself

  4. Thank you so much for this man. You have NO idea how big of a life saver this is for work! Keep up the great work!

  5. Superb effort Falcon four. Many thanks!
    I wonder if you have given any thought to creating a UBCD with a later version of Windows as the base (instead of Win XP). The reason I ask is that as a budding repair tech I’d rather not have to carry god knows how many different flavours of windows disks to repair broken windows installations. I’d rather have them as ISO’s on a USB drive. The Zalman ZM VE300 USB caddy is great for this – you can set it to emulate an external USB CD/DVD drive, manually pointing the Zalman (with a thumbwheel switch) to the required ISO in advance. When the PC looks at the Zalman drive it then appears as a USB CDROM drive with a disk in it (the ISO). Unfortunately the issue of booting older machines from USB is a royal pain; enter the UBCD approach. If I try booting from the F4UBCD CD or UBCD4Win I can access the Zalman OK, but when launching the installation setup.exe file on a Vista or W7 ISO in the Zalman, the installation bombs out before properly getting underway saying “The version of Windows PE running on this computer is not compatible with setup……use Server 2003 SP1 windows or later”. I haven’t been able to get a UBCD4Win setup working using Window2003 source files, it keeps crashing with an error “i2omp.sys could not be found”. The file is there however. Googled all day on this error, but nothing relevant came up. Hence the question.

  6. Hi, sorry, I’m pretty new to boot cds. Does this boot cd include windows xp? All i have to do is brun the disk? Thanks!

    • yes you just need to burn the disk or make an Bootable USB by following the instructions provided with the image, this contains a bootable win xp with useful tools included.

  7. keep up the good work! this is the best boot cd on the internet

  8. [...] remove the virus, startup a Live CD such as FalconFour UBCD or UBCD4WIN and locate the apparent virus.exe. In this situation, I don’t remove it. Instead [...]

  9. Both links down :(

  10. When I try to start minixp it starts to load and then the monitor goes blank and it says input signal out of range, this happens with the linux prog also. Any ideas?
    Thank You

  11. How to boot/run your F4UBCD from a multiboot usb flash drive using GRUB4DOS ? What should the entry for F4UBCD look like in

  12. When I try to start minixp it starts to load and then the monitor goes blank and it says input signal out of range, this happens with the linux prog also. Any ideas?
    Thank You

  13. It is coming up on 2 years since a release. I prefer this over Hiren Boot CD and would love to see you matching some of the newer items he has released.

  14. I will have to say, hands down! this is the best recovery tool cd ever created!! I’m not saying the best tools are on the cd, but the development and thought process behind the cd is absolutely the best. I’m not sure what happen to my HP All-in-one, however the Seagate drive would do nothing but emit a low power beep… ie seized spindle. All of my wifes data was saved locally, where as mine was saved to our NAS… For days I tried everything I knew of, SPINRITE, ACRONIS, slaving it to another PC, nothing worked. I then opened the drive, and loosened the spindle bearing screws enough to relieve pressure… this freed up the platters so they could spin freely, however upon closing the HD and applying power… all the drive did was click.. I thought we were screwed big time and I prepared the wife for the $500-1000 bill for data recovery… until I found this tool on the net!!! I were able to fix the drive, or rather read it enough for the mini xp to recognize it. A BIG THANKS TO THE CREATOR. The only thing that could make this CD better, would be to add a product called OnTrack to the line up of tools. OnTrack is a lot like Acronis, but better!

  15. Waiting for ANOTHER VERSION

  16. thanks for the sweet tools. is there any updates?

  17. Falcon FOUR’s FINEST served in this cool CD, best of all worlds LINUX and WINDOWS, very versital, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, now I just need to know what a normal MBR looks like so I can boot as I used to, without “kickstarting” NT Loader, I could also install GRUB, as that is also cool, just need to know how to actually install grub safely at the end of the drive.

    THANKS AGAIN FALCON FOUR, may your tools live forever into destiny, well, hope the ARM architecture, let us hope not, I mean ARM is good at PORTABLE devices, but who can pass a full blown X86


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  22. USUALLY magic, but fails to detect the Toshiba hard drive in my Dell Inspiron 15, (other utilities like Macrium reflect are seeing it) so I’m having to do what I can the hard old-fashioned way in DOS.
    Any fixes?

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  24. hi guys, can anyone help me,.. i have a genuine copy of windows ultimate n x64 saved as a windows image backup on my external hdd,. evrything worked fine untill i upgraded and installed a new mobo cpu and ram . upon restarting my pc i get windows to start loading just as the coloured spheres start to rotate around each other (if u know what i mean sorry) it crashes and bsod,..i dont think there is anything wrong with my hdd or other hardware as i can do a clean install of windows with no problem at all,…what programs on the boot cd should i use to restore my pc?,..i am totally at a loss with the ultimate boot cd,

    thanks in advance


    • Hah! Dude, totally not the right place to be asking that, but you’ve got a very common and very easily solved storage controller driver problem. F4UBCD can help you fix it, but “Repair Your Computer” would be easier if you don’t have the CD yet.

      For “Repair Your Computer”, do this:
      Right when you power it on, mash F8 repeatedly until you get the advanced startup options menu (if you get a boot device menu instead, pick your hard drive and hit Enter and F8 in immediate sequence so Windows catches it a split second later).
      If Startup Repair comes up – big box with a waving progress bar – CANCEL IT IMMEDIATELY. It’ll lock itself into repair mode if you take more than a couple seconds.
      Log into the tools, it will require your account password.
      Click “Command Prompt”.
      Enter “regedit”.
      Go to File, Load Hive.
      Browse for your hard drive’s Windows folder (NOT the one it starts off in, which is the mini-Windows environment!), and select Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM.
      Mash the keyboard to give it a name.
      **Expand that new mash-keyboard key. Select “Select”. Look in the values for “Current”.
      Select the key matching “ControlSet00x”, where “x” is what you just found in the last step.
      Drill down to Services\msahci.
      Change “Start” value for msahci from 3 to 0 – 0 means “boot driver”, 3 means “on-demand”. It’s needed to boot the computer in AHCI mode, then Windows will fully install the generic driver once it’s booted.
      Click back to the top of the mashed-keyboard name, and go “File -> Unload Hive”.
      Close Regedit.
      Install the proper driver for your new board’s SATA controller.
      Enjoy. :)

      In MiniXP under the F4UBCD, you can use Registry Editor PE on the desktop, follow along with the questions it asks, and start above with the step that has the “**” by it (you’ll need to pick “REMOTE_SYSTEM” instead of mash-keyboard, though). Everything else is the same, except you don’t have to unload the hive – just close Regedit.

      If msahci is already “0”, you may need to get geeky with the AMD SATA drivers – more on that if you need that info, as it’s a bit more complex. Let me know how it goes!

      • Hi m8 thanks for your help.however I am having a problem.when I try give the system folder a name I get an error saying “cannot load c:\windows\system32\config\system: the process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process” what am I doing wrong?…btw I am using the ubcd method

      • Whah? That error means something else already loaded it… HOW? What else did you run–… or why are you–… are you trying to start with step 1 of the “repair your computer” method using the Boot CD and RegeditPE? No… you skip all the first steps about loading the registry hive and jump straight to the step with “**” – if you’ve got “remote_system”, you’ve already got it loaded! :P

      • Hi there..just after I posted the previous comment I finally got my pc to load up windows thanks to you m8 !..it was simply a matter of changing the value from 3 to 0 and boom! Once again thanks for your help you have saved me from going insane lol.

      • Yep :) Just needed to kick that msahci driver into action. Now be sure to install the chipset drivers – just because it looks like it’s working doesn’t mean it’s working as well as it can, until you get all the generic drivers kicked out :D

      • Yep..all installed and sorted m8..thx ☺

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