Hiren's BootCD PE is the unofficial successor to the famous "Hiren's BootCD" live CD.
The new version of this live CD is now based on Windows PE (in Windows 10 version), is available in 64 bits and is compatible with recent PCs thanks to the support of EFI (the successor to the BIOS which is present in all new PCs).
On Hiren's BootCD PE, you will find most of the interesting programs that were available on the old "Hiren's BootCD" live CD, but in their new version.
Hiren's BootCD PE is therefore an update of Hiren's BootCD.
To boot from this "Hiren's BootCD PE" (HBCD PE) live CD, configure your computer's BIOS to boot first on your CD/DVD drive, then on your hard drive.
Then, on startup, you will see the Windows 10 logo displayed.
Hiren's BootCD PE wallpaper will appear with the "Initializing Hiren's BootCD PE" message.
Hardware detection will occur.
Then, the "PE Network Manager" program will appear.
Wait a few seconds and this program will ask, by default, an IP address from your router's DHCP server so that you can access the network and the Internet from this live CD.
As you can see, there are 2 profiles available :
PE Network Manager applies the settings of the desired profile.
When you open the file explorer from the "Hiren's BootCD PE" live CD, you will see that an additional partition called "Boot (X:)" has appeared.
In fact, the file explorer shows you :
As you can see in the image below, the "Boot (X:)" partition contains a Windows installation.
However, this is of course the Windows PE you are using and not your normal Windows installation.
Your normal Windows installation is often found on the partitions :
For version 1.0.1 of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" live CD, it's based on a 64-bit Windows 10 Enterprise (in "PE" mode : pre-installation environment).
To know the exact version of Windows 10, open the control panel and go to the menu : Help -> About Windows.
Note : the "winver.exe" file present on all versions of Windows is not present on this live CD.
The "About Windows" window tells you that this live CD is based on version 1607 of Windows 10.
As is often the case with computer tools and programs, the default language is English.
This means that the keyboard is by default configured in QWERTY.
To change the keyboard layout of "Hiren's BootCD PE", double click on the "Change Keyboard Layout" shortcut on the desktop.
A window appears with a long list of supported keyboard layouts.
Among this list, you will find these keyboards :
Note : there are currently 187 keyboard layouts available.
In our case, we specify "16" to use the "Belgian French" keyboard.
Press Enter and this message appears :
Please close and re-open the applications you are using for the language change to take effect.
In the start menu of this "Hiren's BootCD PE" live CD, you will find an "Explorer" shortcut to open the Windows 10 file explorer, as well as several folders with many interesting programs.
And especially most of the interesting programs that were available in the old version of this live CD. These have obviously been updated.
In the "Accessories" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find common Windows 10 accessories :
Thanks to the "Disk Management" console, you can easily manage the partitions of your internal and external hard drives, as well as your USB keys (if applicable).
In the "BCD-MBR Tools" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find 2 programs :
EasyBCD is a very practical free software for handling the Windows start menu.
In the "Computer Management" folder of the "Hiren's BootCD PE" start menu, you will find various shortcuts to Windows settings :
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