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Hirens Bootable DVD is the Swiss Army Knife of Utility Software
Posted 7 years ago on 8/12/2014 and updated 11/22/2020
Take Away:

This article describes a software package you can download for free that offers a great variety of utility software you can use for many PC troubleshooting problems.


Have you ever wished you had a lot of utility software on a single storage media? Wouldn’t it be great to have all these applications instantly at your fingertips? Well here is just the thing for you – Hiren’s bootable cd. This offers you so many programs, that it truly is like a swiss army knife in all its versatility and usefulness.

The Hiren’s bootable DVD can be downloaded at http://www (dot) tomsguide (dot) com/us/download/Hiren-s-Boot-CD,0301-51033 (dot) html. After it is finished, just extract the zip file to a folder. It will contain a number of files. One is an ISO, which you can burn to a DVD and then it’s ready to use.

Upon inserting the Hiren’s disk in the DVD tray, it should automatically start and display a small screen. If it doesn’t, then open the DVD icon on your computer and double click the Hiren’s BootCD icon. Once the screen is up, you will notice a button in the middle called Browse Folder. After clicking this, you will see a listing of all the programs on the DVD in alphabetical order. To run one, just double click on any of the program icons you see.

As an alternative, you can access these same programs through the Programs link in the upper left area of the small screen. Here, all the programs seen under the Browse Folder button are available in a categorized format, which includes:



Browsers / File Managers


Device Drivers

Editors / Viewers


Hard Disk / Storage



Partition / Boot / MPR

Passwords / Keys




Remote Control

Security / Encryption


System Information




Now, I can’t elaborate on every program under each category as that would get to be too long winded. However, I can talk about a few of them that I have used myself. Under the Registry category, I have used the Glary Registry Repair application to clean unneeded entries from the Windows system registry for some of my computer repair appointments. Under the same category, you will find the NT Registry Optimizer that will make the system registry more compact in size. Under the AntiVirus/Spyware category, you will find security scanners like Avira Antivir Personal, Malware Anti-Bytes and Spybot Search and Destroy. These do a fine job of removing malware. Under the Password / Keys category, within the Windows Login sub-category there is an application called NTPWEdit that can reset a user account password in case it’s forgotten so the user can enter the Windows software operating system.

Under the “Help” link located just to the right of the Programs link, there are a number of options which include visiting the URL for Hiren and Pankaj’s Homepage. There is also a Readme section that offers brief descriptions of the programs included on the DVD. You may make a donation if you like and there is also a link for installing Hiren’s BootCD on a flash drive. This could be useful with a computer that has a disabled DVD drive or none at all.


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