Ultimate Boot CD is a Live CD, a CD on which you can boot a computer and run programs without touching the hard drive spinning. All this happens entirely in RAM (random access memory). This Live CD allows you to use all kinds of programs and starting all kinds of media bootable CD / DVD images, disk images, ...
Ultimate Boot CD also allows us to start our own bootable images via the "User-defined" menu. You will be able to start Hiren Boot CD or any other Live CD from "Ultimate Boot CD".
To add our bootable images, it will have to modify the "custom.cfg" file in the "ubcd\custom" folder of the CD/DVD ".iso" image format.
Download and install "7-Zip" or other similar software like Winzip or WinRAR are paid. Copy CD/DVD image to the root of "C" and extract CD / DVD image with 7-Zip (or equivalent).
If you use 7-Zip, you will see that it creates a [BOOT] folder. This folder actually contains the boot sector of the iso UBCD which allows it to be bootable. Bootable means that we can start a computer on the media. In our case, we do not need as Ultimate Boot CD has provided a small utility that will handle the rewrite automatically when we recreate the custom iso.
So you can delete this folder.
Then start the "Notepad" (in Start menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Notepad) and open the file located (in our case) in the folder C:\ubcd511\ubcd\custom
Default here is its content :
- # ... : Comments lines
- MENU INCLUDE ... : Manage the basic appearance of UBCD
- UI ... : C32 program to create a simple menu.
- The first group LABEL, MENU LABEL ... : Displays the line ".." to return to the previous menu of UBCD (in this case, the Home).
- The second group LABEL ... : Displays the line "Your own boot image here", which means your own bootable images here. It is in this file we are going to add Hiren Boot CD ...
You can also remove this group that does not serve us
Now following image formats bootable, you should add differently. In this tutorial, we'll add the bootable "CD Hiren Boot" CD and the floppy image boot manager named "Plop Boot Manager."
Here is the configuration to add to this file :
# Add a floppy image to img size LABEL - # Specify the name of the bootable CD or program in question MENU LABEL Plop Boot Manager 5.0.14 # Then enter a description between "TEXT HELP" and "ENDTEXT". TEXT HELP Boot Manager ENDTEXT # MEMDISK allow the start of existing operating systems. Memdisk can boot floppy images, images of hard disks and ISO images. LINUX /boot/syslinux/memdisk # Path to the floppy image to start INITRD /ubcd/custom/plpbt.img APPEND raw
# Add a CD / DVD image formats to ISO LABEL - MENU LABEL Hiren's.BootCD.15.1.iso TEXT HELP Multi-utilities CD similar to UBCD but with other utilities ENDTEXT LINUX /boot/syslinux/memdisk INITRD /ubcd/custom/Hiren's.BootCD.15.1.iso APPEND iso raw
For more information about MEMDISK, see the syslinux site.
To update the antivirus databases ClamAV and F-Prot, you just run these two scripts on a computer connected to the Internet.
If you are looking for antivirus definitions of these, they are in the "C:\ubcd511\pmagic\pmodules" folder. These are files : "clamav-definitions.txz" and "Fprot-definitions.txz".
Once we have completed our customizations, we can now reconstruct the UBCD CD / DVD image to ISO format.
To do this, go to "C:\ubcd511\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2iso" folder and create a shortcut of "ubcd2iso.cmd program on your desktop.
Then, right click on the shortcut and click "Properties".
Then, add the path to the extracted folder UBCD and a name to save the new iso file.
The target will be amended as follows :
- Before : C:\ubcd511\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2iso\ubcd2iso.cmd
- After : C:\ubcd511\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2iso\ubcd2iso.cmd "C:\ubcd511" "ubcd511_perso.iso"
If the path to the iso file is relative, as in the example above, the file will be created in the folder passed as a parameter (in this case, the folder : C:\ubcd511).
Then click OK.
Now run the program by double clicking the shortcut. As you can see, it automatically recreates the boot sector (boot image is 4 Sectors) whose / DVD CD image needs to be bootable.
Note : If you're running Windows Vista, Win. 7 or Win. 8, it may be necessary to run this program as administrator. To do this, right-click the shortcut and click "Run as administrator".
As indicate above, your file has been created in the folder C:\ubcd511
Plug your USB key and then locate the letter. In our case, it bears the letter "G". USB drives are recognized as a removable disk.
Now go to the start menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt. If you're running Windows Vista, Win. 7 or Win. 8, right click on "Command Prompt" and click "Run as administrator".
In the command prompt , type these two commands, pressing ENTER after each command :
cd C:\ubcd511\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2usb ubcd2usb C:\ubcd511 g: /f
- The first command, you enter the "C:\ubcd511\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2usb" folder where the program to create a bootable USB UBCD.
- The second command starts the program ubcd2usb.cmd with 3 parameters :
1) the path to the folder containing the extracted files from the image of UBCD
2) the letter of the USB key
3) the /f parameter that tells the program must first format the USB key before creating the bootable USB drive . This parameter is optional but recommended.
Warning : DO NOT WRONG ABOVE LETTER for the selected drive will be formatted. This means that all data will be permanently deleted.
Once created and formatted, the name of your USB key will be changed to "UBCD511" and the size used depends on the size of the file "C:\ubcd511" containing the UBCD and customizations files.
In the case of our tutorial, the final size is : 857 MB
There remains only you test your custom bootable CD or bootable USB drive you by starting your computer or on the latter. For this you need to change the boot order in the BIOS.
Your images can be found in the menu : User-defined.
Here are our 2 images that we added during this tutorial.
When you start a CD / DVD, floppy disk or other image, UBCD (or rather the system used by UBCD ie syslinux and isolinux) will display "." representing the charging status of the image in memory (RAM). The charging time depends on the performance of your computer and the size of the loaded image.
And here our Hiren Boot CD that started from Ultimate Boot CD. You can save CD / DVD or USB key, integrating these images into the UBCD.
Live CD 6/14/2022
Live CD 4/18/2016
Live CD 1/27/2013
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