How to Use Hiren's BootCD 15.2 to Troubleshoot Computer Problems
Hiren's BootCD 15.2 is a popular and versatile tool that can help you fix various computer issues, such as virus infections, data recovery, hard disk cloning, password resetting, and more. It is a bootable CD that contains a collection of utilities and software that can run independently of the operating system. In this article, we will show you how to use Hiren's BootCD 15.2 to perform some common tasks.
How to Download and Burn Hiren's BootCD 15.2
Before you can use Hiren's BootCD 15.2, you need to download it from the official website[^1^] or a mirror site[^2^]. The file size is about 600 MB and it is in ISO format. You can use any CD/DVD burning software to burn the ISO file to a blank CD or DVD. Alternatively, you can also create a bootable USB drive with Hiren's BootCD 15.2 using a tool like RMPrepUSB[^2^].
How to Boot from Hiren's BootCD 15.2
Once you have created a bootable CD/DVD or USB drive with Hiren's BootCD 15.2, you need to insert it into the computer that you want to troubleshoot and restart it. You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS settings to make sure that the computer boots from the CD/DVD or USB drive first. When you see the Hiren's BootCD menu, you can choose from various options depending on what you want to do.
Mini Windows XP
This option will load a minimal version of Windows XP that can run on most computers. It has a graphical user interface and some basic applications, such as a web browser, a file manager, a text editor, and more. You can use this option to access your files, backup your data, scan your system for viruses, edit your registry, and more.
This option will load a DOS environment that can run various command-line utilities and software. You can use this option to test your hardware, partition your hard disk, clone your hard disk, wipe your hard disk, reset your password, and more.
Linux-based Rescue Environment
This option will load a Linux-based environment that can run various graphical and command-line utilities and software. You can use this option to recover your data, repair your partitions, backup your system, and more.
Some Examples of Using Hiren's BootCD 15.2
Here are some examples of how you can use Hiren's BootCD 15.2 to troubleshoot some common computer problems:
If your computer is infected with malware that prevents you from booting into Windows or running antivirus software, you can use Hiren's BootCD 15.2 to scan and remove the malware. You can choose the Mini Windows XP option and run one of the antivirus tools included in Hiren's BootCD 15.2, such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware[^2^], ComboFix[^2^], or Dr.Web CureIt![^2^]. You can also update the antivirus definitions before scanning by using the Update Checker tool[^2^]. After scanning and removing the malware, you can reboot your computer and see if it works normally.
Reset Windows Password
If you forgot your Windows password or locked yourself out of your account, you can use Hiren's BootCD 15.2 to reset or remove the password. You can choose the DOS Programs option and run one of the password tools included in Hiren's BootCD 15.2, such as Offline NT Password & Registry Editor[^2^], Active Password Changer[^2^], or Kon-Boot[^2^]. You can follow the instructions on the screen to select your Windows installation and user account and reset or remove the password. After resetting or removing the password, you can reboot your computer and log into Windows without any password.