What are the best Windows system rescue discs?

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    #1Active@ Boot Disk

    Active@ Boot Disk

    Active@ Boot Disk is a complete operating system that doesn't modify your installed OS. It includes tools to boot up a computer and fix most startup, PC configuration, and system management issues. 

    Software

    Windows

    $79.95

    Gilberto Saucedo
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "If you've ever found yourself in need of a Windows system rescue disc, Active@ Boot Disk is a tool for you to check out. This is a must have if you find yourself needing to restore your computer a lot."
  2. 15

    #2All in One – System Rescue Toolkit

    All in One – System Rescue Toolkit

    All in One – System Rescue Toolkit is a utility disc designed to quickly and efficiently aid a technician with troubleshooting and repairing Windows based PCs.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Nicole Powell
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "That awful blue screen of death! I write the code down and then start googling what went wrong with my windows PC. I was getting tired of seeing my blue screen of death. Usually, I just go for a fresh install and everything is all good. Someone suggested I try the all in one-system rescue toolkit. I figured I would give it a try, maybe it would be faster than reinstalling windows. It worked great. Even better is the fact that it is free!"
  3. 14

    #3DriveDroid

    DriveDroid

    DriveDroid is an application for Android devices created by Softwarebakery. It is a tool that allows users to boot PCs from ISO/IMG files stored on the device. It is designed as a portable rescue system to replace CDs and USBs.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Robert Walters
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I needed to do a restart/restore on my computer but my hard drive was corrupted so I needed an outside source to boot my computer. Thankfully I found DriveDroid which allows me to boot my computer from my phone! It is very simply and straightforward to use and I was able to get my computer back up and running in minutes. Just make sure to have a full system restore on hand if needed as not all Restores are covered by DriveDroid."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

An operating system is a software for organizing a computer's basic functions like executing auxiliary software and operating tools and applications. Android is the most used operating system for mobile devices, while Windows remains dominant for desktop computers.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the Microsoft Windows, the leading operating system in the desktop computer market, was not even a complete operating system, but was an operating environment for the operating system, MS-DOS? The first version of what will become as the most used desktop operating system in the world was originally called Interface Manager, a user interface that allows access to the applications that run on MS-DOS, which was the operating system used by the early IBM/Microsoft computers. Rowland Hanson, head of marketing at Microsoft at the time, decided then that it would appeal to a larger market if it will be called Windows, a rebranding that proved successful after more than four decades. 

But Windows only became an independent operating system after the split between IBM and Microsoft in 1990, because Microsoft wanted to develop Windows 3.0 while IBM wanted its own OS/2 to flourish. Microsoft began with the Windows NT, an OS based on MS-DOS but was produced for workstations and server computers, though it was later released for all personal computers. Since then, Microsoft dominated the operating system market, particularly for desktop computers because Android rules the mobile device business. Microsoft's latest OS is Windows 10, which is used by at least 700 million computers according to Microsoft's studies.

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    #4System Rescue CD

    System Rescue CD
    System Rescue Cd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB drive for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. It can be used on Linux and Windows computers.
    Software

    Windows, Linux

    Free

    Deborah Austin
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "I recently used System Rescue CD on my windows computer after a crash and I was pleased with the results. I found it relatively easy to use and it recovered and repaired much of my disk. I would use this again, though I hope I don't have to!"
  2. 10

    #5Ultimate Boot CD

    Ultimate Boot CD

    Ultimate Boot CD lets you Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives, free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive, consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD, run it from your USB memory stick and more.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Louis Smith
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "This website is very old, but it seems legitimate and known. On top of that, it's free which is a plus. It also provides the service in which you need and offers many links for different computers/software. I'd say this is an ideal website for this issue."
  3. 7

    #6The Trinity Rescue Kit

    The Trinity Rescue Kit
    Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free software that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Zhang Li
    Written on August 29, 2018
    "But sir Eric the link worked fine with me. they must have updated it it so try again sir! (though i am a bit too late i think)"
  4. 4

    #7KNOPPIX

    KNOPPIX

    Knoppix is a bootable Live system consisting of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. It also allows you to data from broken machines.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Nicholas Gomez
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "Although it's suppose to be a lightweight Linux distro, Knoppix is anything but light. There are so many features and multiple functions on this thing. I also really love the interface. "
  5. 4

    #8Hiren's BootCD

    Hiren's BootCD

    Hiren's BootCD is a boot disk utility. It provides a compilation of programs that helps resolve most Internet and computer issues. This version is made by fans based on the 2012 version and is designed for modern computers.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Teresa Douglas
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "My computer was running way slow and making noises I'd never heard before. There was no way I was just going to bring it in so that some strangers could look at my personal files, run Norton, and then send it back to me loaded with bloatware and trials that would begin pestering me for my CC 7 days later. Someone told me about Hiren's and I grabbed it figuring what the heck anything's better than the Geek Squad. Not only does my battery last longer, but when my machine eventually did crap out I ran their system rescue utility and pretty much restored the whole thing. And I'm pretty sure no one saw my nudes in the process so I'm pretty happy all around."
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    #9FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD/USB

    FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD/USB

    FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD/USB is a software used by professional computer technicians in rebooting broken Windows computers. The software was last updated in 2013 and won't work in the latest version of Windows operating systems.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Leonardo Andrade
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "This boot disc is a terrific value. It can solve virtually any issue that you are having with a Windows PC. I didn't need to even use most of the tools that were available on the disc, but it was nice to know they were there just in case. This is a fully loaded protection package that should be considered essential for Windows PC owners who do their own trouble-shooting."

Summary

Best What are the best Windows system rescue discs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Active@ Boot DiskSoftware 16 Paid
2All in One – System Rescue ToolkitSoftware 15 Free
3DriveDroidApps 14 Free
4System Rescue CDSoftware 11 Free
5Ultimate Boot CDSoftware 10 Free
6The Trinity Rescue KitSoftware 7 Free
7KNOPPIXSoftware 4 Free
8Hiren's BootCDSoftware 4 Free
9FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD/USBSoftware 0 Free
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