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This is page is an intro to explain the basics of booting from a CD that was purchased from us.  We send out boot CD's and keep getting the same questions all the time, so we put up this page to answer some basic FAQ's.


This page will show you how to set up your computer and to boot from this CD.  Scroll down below for details on each of the utilities covered in the boot CD.




1.  We make no warranty or guarantees that any of the below steps will work on every system.  We are not responsible for any damage that you do to your system if you do not properly understand any of the below steps.  Please take responsibility for your own actions.


2.  We send out Boot CD's and other CD's for a few dollars.  This doesn't entitle you to one on one email support to answer your questions one by one and walk you through it.  We simply cannot afford to do that.  You must be qualified and confident to answer your own questions and look up your own answers.  The below guide was meant to help.  If your questions are not answered below, you must use your own resources to get them answered.  We never provide technical support on our software distributions, but we also disclose that to everyone prior to purchase in all of our listings.  If your disk is damaged or does not work properly, we encourage you to contact us for a replacement, but we will not help you troubleshoot your system, so please do not ask.


3.  The steps below show you how to boot from a CD for many different types of BIOS.  If your BIOS is different, the steps should still be very similar.


4.  Before you change your setting in your BIOS, make sure you write down what they are now, so if you need to go back to them, you know what they were.


5.  After you are done setting your BIOS to boot from a CD, and you are done working with a CD, you should go back and set the BIOS to what it was before with the information you wrote down.


6.  We cannot tell you what computers this will work on and what problems this will fix.  We do not answer tech support questions, simply because we feel we can not provide an adequate solution to fix a computer that we are not sitting in front of.


7.  Boot CD's are independent of which version of Windows you have.  They were outside of windows to do diagnostics on a computer.




How to Set BIOS to Boot from CDROM:

All modern Computer Systems manufactured in the last decade or more, support boot from cd feature, but it is typically required to enable this feature from BIOS.

When you start your computer, and it goes through the initial bootup, before it starts windows, check the boot-screen for which key is the setup key, In most newer pc it will be DELETE key, so make sure to check it.

If you have AmiBios, it will require you to press DEL key to enter setup.  You must hit the DEL key before this screen goes away on boot up and before it starts to load up Windows, otherwise you will need to shutdown and restart it again.  You only have a few seconds before windows starts to load after you start up your machine.

Then, you will see some similar screen.  Use the arrow keys to navigate over to the BOOT option and choose Boot Device Priority and choose first boot device to CDROM and second boot device to HARD DRIVE You can press F10 to save settings.

Before you hit F10, install the CD that you want to boot from into your CD drive.  Once you hit F10, your computer will restart and if you have a CD in your drive, it will try to boot up from it.  After you are done installing the OS or working with a boot up CD, make sure to go back into the BIOS, and set it to boot from the hard drive again as the first boot device.


If you have Award Bios, you will see some similar screen and it will also say to hit the DEL key to Enter setup.  Again, you must hit this key before your machine gets off this screen.

The BIOS menu may look similar to this.  Then you use the arrow keys to navigate to the Advanced Bios Features:

and there you will use the arrow keys and Enter key to select the First Boot Device to CDROM and second or third to HDD-0.  Then, again, before exiting out, install your CD into your drive, Press F10 to save your settings, and your machine will reboot and try to boot from the CD.  Again, change your settings back after you finish install the OS or working with a boot CD.


On some Dell Systems you can enter the bios by pressing F2

Then choose Boot Sequence and then arrange 1 to CD-Rom by pressing - + and press space to enable it.  Install the CD, Press ESC and choose save settings and exit.  Make sure you return to the BIOS and change the settings back after you are done.


Sometimes you can press F12 or F2 to temporary boot from cd on some Dell Systems

Press F2 to enter bios setup and sometimes you need to navigate to the BIOS FEATURES SETUP.

and set Boot Sequence to A,CDROM,C and Press Esc, then load your CD into the drive, and then F10 to save your settings and restart your machine, and then it will boot up from your CD.  Again, make sure you change it back when you are done.


Once you have your machine set to boot from a CD, and you start your machine with a CD in the drive already, it will attempt to boot from that CD first.  At that point, if you are loading an operating system, the system will begin to load and you will be able to work through the prompts to get your system installed.


The below guide is written to show you the general procedure of installing a copy of Linux Ubuntu.  While this guide may not match your exact version of Linux Ubuntu, it should give you an idea.  Your version of Linux Ubuntu should be installed similarly.



1.  Insert the Boot disk into your CD drive and set your PC to boot from the CD with the steps described above.

2.  Start or restart your computer. The Menu screen appears. Depending on your version of boot CD, it should look something like this: 



From here, you can navigate through the menus to determine what actions you want to perform. 


Depending on your version of boot cd, if you insert it in your drive while windows is running, it should only open up a web page with links to web pages that describe each utility on the boot disk.


Proceed with caution on any utility.  If you are not careful, you can run utilities that will format drives which could cause you to lose date.  Below is information on the utilities on this disk.


Good luck.


Tools currently included with the Ultimate Boot CD are:

Name of Tool Version License Notes
!BIOS 3.20 Freeware  
BIOS 1.35.0 Freeware Website says V1.35.1, but program displays V1.35.0.
KEYDisk n/a Freeware  
PC CMOS Cleaner 2.0 Freeware Included as module in Parted Magic.
WipeCMOS 1.2 Freeware  
CPUstress 2.3.1 Freeware  
CPUburn 1.4a GPL Included in CPUstress.
CPU Burn-in 1.00 Freeware Included in CPUstress. The Linux version which is included in UBCD is at V1.00. V1.01 applies to Windows only.
CPUinfo n/a GPL Included in CPUstress.
Intel Optimized LINPACK Benchmark 11.0.3 Freeware Included in CPUstress.
Intel Processor Frequency ID (P3 and below) 7.2 Freeware  
Intel Processor Identification Utility (P4 and above) 4.60 Freeware  
Mersenne Prime Test 23.9.2 Free software Included in CPUstress.
Mersenne Prime Test 27.9 Free software Included in CPUstress.
Stress 1.04 GPL Included in CPUstress.
StressCPU (requires CPU with SSE) 2.0 GPL Included in CPUstress.
System Stability Tester 1.5.1 GPL Included in CPUstress.
x86test 0.10a GPL  
/HDD/Boot Management
BOOTMGR 05-AUG-2012 Freeware  
Boot Partition 2.60 Freeware  
EditBINI 1.01.1 Freeware  
GAG (Graphical Boot Manager) 4.10 GPL  
Gujin 2.8.7 GPL  
MBRtool 2.3.200 Freeware  
MBRWork 1.08 Freeware  
PLoP Boot Manager 5.0.14 Free for personal use  
Smart BootManager 3.7.1 GPL  
SPFDISK (Special FDISK) 2000-03v Freeware  
Super Grub Disk 0.9799 GPL  
Super Grub2 Disk 1.98s1 GPL  
XFDISK (Extended FDISK) 0.9.3 beta Freeware  
XOSL (Extended Operating System Loader) 1.1.5 GPL  
XOSL-OW (Extended Operating System Loader) 1.1.6 GPL  
/HDD/Data Recovery
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor 110511 n/a  
PCLoginNow 2.0 Freeware Included as module in Parted Magic.
PCRegEdit 1.0 Freeware Included as module in Parted Magic.
PhotoRec 6.14-WIP GPL Included in Parted Magic.
TestDisk 6.14-WIP GPL Included in Parted Magic.
/HDD/Device Info and Management
AMSET (Maxtor) 4.00 Freeware  
ATAINF 1.3 Freeware  
ATA Password Tool 1.1 Freeware  
Change Definition Utility (for Fujitsu M16xx/M2915 HDDs) n/a Freeware  
DiskCheck 4.0.6 Freeware  
DISKINFO 1.02 Freeware  
ESFeat (ExcelStor) 2.30 Freeware  
Feature Tool (IBM/Hitachi) 2.15 Freeware  
GSmartControl 0.8.6 GPL Included in Parted Magic.
SMARTUDM 2.00 Freeware  
UATA100 (Seagate) 3.06 Freeware  
UDMA Utility (for Fujitsu MPD/MPE/MPF series HDDs) n/a Freeware  
UDMA Utility (for Fujitsu MPG series HDDs) n/a Freeware  
Ultra ATA Manager (Western Digital) June, 2003 Freeware  
WDIDLE3 (Western Digital) 1.05 Freeware  
ATA Diagnostic Tool (Fujitsu) 7.0 Freeware  
Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Western Digital) 5.20 Freeware  
Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Western Digital) 4.15 Freeware V5.x has been reported not to work on some older machines, so V4.15 has been included as a backup.
Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi) 4.16 Freeware  
ES-Tool (Samsung) 3.01v Freeware  
ESTest (ExcelStor) 4.50 Freeware  
GWSCAN (Gateway) 3.15 Freeware For IDE hard drives 10GB or smaller.
GWSCAN (Gateway) 5.12 Freeware For IDE hard drives larger than 10GB.
HDAT2 4.9.3 Freeware Latest stable release, but with device-level testing disabled.
HUTIL (Samsung) 1.21 Freeware From soeren: "HUTIL 2.00 lacks the possibility to view the SMART values and it appears to be a lot slower than 1.21. It's only needed for the newest Samsung drives, the "older" ones still work with 1.21."
HUTIL (Samsung) 2.10 Freeware  
MHDD32 4.5 Freeware Older version included because it supports ATA/SCSI Terminal for scripting, which was removed in the new version.
MHDD32 4.6 Freeware  
PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum) 4.09 Freeware Older version included because this is an uncripppled version that works with non-Maxtor HDDs.
PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum) 4.23 Freeware  
SCSIMax (Maxtor/Quantum) 1.21 Freeware  
SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor) 2.23 Freeware  
SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor) 1.12 Freeware  
SHDIAG (Samsung) 1.25 Freeware  
TAFT (The ATA Forensics Tool) 1.2 Freeware  
ViVARD 0.4 Freeware The official website is down. Various third party websites claim to have V1.0, but is actually V0.4.
/HDD/Disk Cloning
Clonezilla n/a GPL Included in Parted Magic.
CopyWipe 1.14 Freeware  
EaseUs Disk Copy 2.3.1 Freeware  
g4u 2.5 BSD  
HDClone (Free Edition) 4.2.4 Freeware  
partimage 0.6.8 GPL Included in Parted Magic.
Partition Saving 4.00 Freeware  
PC INSPECTOR clone-maxx 1.0 Freeware Actual version is 0.95 Build 769, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website.
/HDD/Disk Editing
Disk Editor 3.0 Freeware  
DISKMAN4 4.2A3 Freeware  
DiskSpy Free Edition (Personal use only) 2.0 Freeware  
PTS DiskEditor 1.04 Freeware Excellent information about this tool <a href="">here</a>.
/HDD/Disk Wiping
Active@ KillDisk Free Edition 4.1.2393 Freeware Free Edition. Supports "One Pass Zeros" method only. Note that KillDisk V5.x is Windows only.
CopyWipe 1.14 Freeware  
Darik's Boot and Nuke 2.2.7 GPL  
Fujitsu Erase Utility 1.00 Freeware  
HDDErase 4.0 Freeware  
HDDErase 3.3 Freeware Older version included because latest version is reportedly not compatible with Intel SSDs.
HDShredder (Free Edition) 3.8.1 Freeware  
MAXLLF (Maxtor) 1.1 Freeware  
PC Disk Eraser 5.0 Freeware Included in Parted Magic.
PC INSPECTOR e-maxx 0.95 Freeware Actual version is 0.95 Build 775, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website.
SUTIL (Samsung) 1.01 Freeware  
Data Lifeguard Tools (Western Digital) 11.2 Freeware  
DiscWizard 2003 (Seagate) 10.45.06 Freeware  
DiscWizard (Seagate/Maxtor) 11.0.8326 Freeware MaxBlast V5.0 is essentially the same thing i.e. OEM version of Acronis TrueImage. Startup Recovery Manager not included. Didn't see much use for it on the bootable CD, plus it can be activated in the Win32 program itself if required, or you can copy over the "Recovery Manager" folder youself.
Disk Manager (IBM) 9.61 Freeware  
Disk Manager (Samsung) 10.42 Freeware  
MaxBlast (Maxtor) 4.0 Freeware  
/HDD/Partition Management
Cute Partition Manager 0.9.8 Freeware  
Dsrfix 3.12 Freeware  
FIPS 2.0 GPL  
Free FDISK 1.3.1 GPL  
GParted 0.13.1-git GPL Included in Parted Magic.
Partinfo 1.11 Freeware  
Partition Resizer 1.3.4 Freeware  
Partition Saving 4.00 Freeware  
PTDD Super Fdisk 1.0 Freeware  
Ranish Partition Manager 2.40 Freeware Using stable version because V2.44 is beta and reported to be buggy.
SPFDISK (Special FDISK) 2000-03v Freeware  
XFDISK (Extended FDISK) 0.9.3 beta Freeware  
AleGr MEMTEST 2.00 Free for personal use  
DIMM_ID 3.57 UBCD Only This is a special UBCD-only version authorized by the author.
Memtest86 4.2.0 GPL  
Memtest86+ 4.20 GPL  
TestMemIV n/a Freeware  
Windows Memory Diagnostic n/a Freeware  
/Others (BKO) n/a Freeware  
ClamScan Antivirus 0.97.5 GPL Included in Parted Magic.
FileLink 3.01 Freeware This program is part of Caldera OpenDOS V7.03.
F-PROT Antivirus 6.2.3 Free for personal use Included as module in Parted Magic.
Kon-Boot 1.0 Free for personal use n/a Freeware  
Parted Magic 2013_02_28_i586 GPL Full list of programs can be found <a href="">here</a>
UBCD FreeDOS (Based on NwDsk V3.40) R1.48 n/a Based on NwDsk V3.40.
ATAPI CDROM Identification 2.22 Freeware  
CHZ Monitor-Test 2.0 Freeware  
Parallel Port Information System 1.45 Freeware  
Video Memory Stress Test 1.7 GPL  
AIDA16 2.14 n/a Discontinued
ASTRA (Demo version) 6.03 14-day Demo  
Hardware Detection Tool 0.5.2 GPL pci.ids.gz: 20/02/2013
HWiNFO 5.5.2 Freeware  
NSSI 0.60.45 Freeware  
PC-Config 9.33 Freeware Discontinued
PCI 1.1 Freeware pcidevs.txt: Ver 671 (22-01-2008)
PCISniffer 1.5 Freeware  
System Speed Test 32 4.78 Freeware