It’s bound to happen at one point or another. Your installation of whatever Windows version you happen to use becomes unbootable. You’ve tried fixing the MBR, yet it seems that issues to be had might be malware related at some level.

Thankfully there are a number of freely available LiveCD solutions available that can help. In the past, this list was rather impressive. Today, however, it seems that the list of options has dwindled down a bit. The two I have had the most success with happen to be the following.

The Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD):

Without question, a favorite amongst many Windows users. This bootable CD is in a position to put the following software right at your fingertips.

  • Nine malware removal tools
  • Five anti-virus tools
  • Browsers and email clients
  • CD Burning apps for systems with two DVD Burners.
  • Diagnostic, Backup and partitioning tools as well
  • Plus a whole lot more

As you can see, The UBCD is perhaps… the best there is. But there is an alternative, if using something Windows based is not an option for you.


After looking into a number of possible Linux based solutions, I find that INSERT is among the easiest due to its small size and flexible Linux base.

Features include:

  • Read/Write support for NTFS drives
  • Support for RAID and LVM2
  • Network analysis software
  • Virus scanning
  • Disaster recovery software
  • Computer forensics software
  • Plus a whole lot more

As you can see, either of these bootable CD solutions will do wonders for you in ensuring that you are able to recover nearly any system issue that might arise. Use both of these CDs in good health. And good luck.