Windows software of the Day [May 29, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • ImgBurn: burn or create disc images of virtually any disc in the world
  • Password Resetter: reset Windows passwords
  • WinToFlash: install Windows XP/Vista/7 from a thumb drive

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Software for May 29, 2012

ImgBurn

The disc image burning scene is fairly full of software that, for all intents and purposes, is alright. It does its job, and does it quick enough and has enough features. However, not many developers have such a wide variety of features as ImgBurn: it’s the only disc suite you’ll need, as it can burn, rip, build, and verify CDs and DVDs like a knife can cut through warm butter.

ImgBurn has a very simple and easy to use interface; its main features are all large buttons on the front screen of the app. It can write a disc image to a disc, write various folders/files to a disc, create a disc image from files and folders, create a disc image from a physical disc *gasp*, verify discs, and test the quality of your drive’s burns.

To top it off, ImgBurn lets you configure everything and anything. From speeds to associated filetypes, ImgBurn is a great one-stop shop for burning, creating, and verifying discs and images.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.5.7.0

Supported OS: Windows all

Download size: 5.8MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Requires installation (portable version in development)

ImgBurn homepage

PasswordResetter

Need to reset your Windows password? There are many tools out there that can help you. For instance, you can outright brute-force your password using Ophcrack. You can also outright obliterate your password with Offline NT Password & Registry Editor. However, both of these solutions aren’t very optimal: Ophcrack takes a long time to run, and ONTPRE doesn’t have a very friendly interface.

If you’re in the market for a password resetting tool and you’re willing to fork over a chunk of change, PasswordResetter could be for you. It’s not the nicest of programs, and it may be violating a few open source license as it uses SysLinux and other open source projects to provide the bootable environment to reset, but it certainly works and is easier to use than other options.

In conclusion, PasswordResetter is basically a glorified ISO burner. In fact, if you navigate to the path you installed PR to, you can even find the ISO. However, it provides an interface to burn these ISOs, which is nice, and lets you burn it to either a disc or a thumbdrive.

Price: $34.99 / $59.95 / $89.99 / $159.95

Version discovered: v

Supported OS: Windows NT+

Download size: 43.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: N/A – file too large

Portability: Requires installation

PasswordResetter homepage

WinToFlash

Recently I had to reinstall Windows on a friend’s old netbook so she could sell it on Craigslist. It was a big pain, too: first, I tried to torrent a copy of Windows. That was a no go! Then I had to dig out my old Windows XP installation disc from my pile of CDs I was keeping for posterity. Better, but I still needed a way to get it onto the computer.

Then I came across WinToFlash. It’s unlike a lot of Windows burning applications in that it can burn more than Windows Vista/7 to a thumb drive: Windows XP is perfectly supported too, meaning I don’t have to give the terrible netbook an upgrade while I’m at it. It’s also quite easy to use: you click the giant checkmark that appears on its main screen and you’ll be put through a wizard that lets you select the disc drive and a thumb drive, and twenty minutes later, you’ll have a perfectly operable thumb drive to install Windows from.

If you’re looking to install Windows XP off of a thumb drive, there’s really not much you can do other than use WinToFlash. It’s useful for this purpose, but for other versions of Windows there are better applications available.

Note: at first run, it runs through a lot of settings and I wound up with an IE plugin. Watch out!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.7.0048 Beta

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 9.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/40

Portability: has some funky setup at first run, watch out

WinToFlash homepage

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7 comments

  1. Mr.Dave

    I like ImgBurn also, have used it for a couple of years now. I use ImgBurn for creating ISO images from a disc or from a group of files/folders. It can also write ISO images to CDs and DVDs. Very simple, yet a lot of configuration options are close at hand if needed.

    I use it together a program called Virtual CloneDrive. I create an ISO (disc image) file, then mount the ISO file in Virtual CloneDrive. My PC thinks I have the disc in a real drive – I can watch a DVD or listen to a CD or use explorer to verify that a file backup worked. I do this to verify the image file was created properly, and then ImgBurn makes it easy to burn the image into a real disc.

  2. RobCr

    Whilst Googling around to read up on Koon Boot, I came across a site where they were discussing it.
    A couple of experienced reputable chaps (one is the Moderator) both gave this one an ‘attaboy’ –
    http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
    If you wish to read that web page Google for –
    “Kon-Boot boot Disc Bypass Password” don
    It will be the first hit.
    I have not posted the link, as I don’t wish to trigger the s-p-a-m detector, and get this post held up for hours awaiting moderation.

  3. RobCr

    For those that are Scottish, you could peruse this page first –
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/passrecovery.htm
    And there is a link near the bottom, for creating a password reset disc (whilst your OS is alive and still well)

    Also this –
    http://www.hirensbootcd.org/resetting-windows-password/
    Not for the faint hearted, but I used it successfully once when a friend purchased cheap his company Dell 2008 PC. The deal was legal, but it came with XP already installed. I could have wiped it, but I wanted to run XP long enough to copy the drivers which I knew would be required.
    I used Hirens to remove the password, and got XP running.

    Yes, I am Scottish