In this article we will look at the steps involved that will allow you to boot to Hiren’s Boot CD from a USB pen drive. This should take you about 5 mins to complete, giving you an invaluable resource in which to fix various issues with your, or a friends computer.
The current version of Hiren’s Boot CD contains 260 programs and tools that can help you fix or troubleshoot pretty well any computer issue. All the tools required to complete this tutorial are free to download and use.
Here is a list of the current tools/utilities contained on the freely available disk, separated into its various sections along with how many tools each area has:
- Antivirus Tools – 11 programs/utilities
- Archivers – 2 programs/utilities
- Backup Tools – 18 programs/utilities
- BIOS / CMOS Tools – 8 programs/utilities
- Browsers / File Managers – 12 programs/utilities
- Cleaners – 7 programs/utilities
- Editors / Viewers – 5 programs/utilities
- FileSystems Tools – 8 programs/utilities
- Hard Disk Tools – 29 programs/utilities
- MBR (Master Boot Record) Tools – 19 programs/utilities
- Ms Dos Tools – 8 programs/utilities
- Network Tools – 7 programs/utilities
- Optimizers – 4 programs/utilities
- Other Tools – 6 programs/utilities
- Partition Tools – 11 programs/utilities
- Password Tools – 20 programs/utilities
- Process Tools – 8 programs/utilities
- Recovery Tools – 10 programs/utilities
- Registry Tools – 9 programs/utilities
- Remote Control Tools – 2 programs/utilities
- Security Tools – 2 programs/utilities
- Startup Tools – 5 programs/utilities
- System Information Tools – 20 programs/utilities
- Testing Tools – 13 programs/utilities
- Tweakers – 16 programs/utilities
For a full list and explanation of what each of the tools can do in the latest version of the Boot CD, please see the official list.
In order to create a bootable USB drive for Hiren’s Boot CD you will need to download the following 3 things:
- Hiren’s Boot CD (The download link for the latest ISO version is at the bottom of the linked page)
- Rufus (Bootable USB creator) – This will direct you to the official Rufus download page
- A USB stick (Minimum requirement is 1GB for the latest version of Hiren’s)
Firstly make sure that the USB stick that you are going to put Hiren’s on is blank, as these steps involve formatting your USB. Once you are sure that the stick is OK to use follow the steps below:
Right-click on the Rufus program that you have downloaded and select Run as administrator. If you are running Windows XP, just double-click on the program to open it. Before the window opens it may ask you to see if there is an update available. I elected not to check for an update as I know that the version I have works for me, but the choice is up to you. You will also be asked if it is OK for the program to run by your operating system. Simply say OK to running the program to see the main screen.
I have marked the main items that you need to pay attention to in this window from 1 – 4. All other choices can be left at the default settings.
- Make sure that Rufus is pointed to the USB stick that you wish to use.
- Using the drop-down menu, select ISO. This is because we are creating a bootable USB via the Hiren’s Boot CD ISO that you have downloaded.
- Click on the button next to the drop-down menu where you selected ISO, which will allow you to point Rufus to where the Hiren’s ISO is stored. I downloaded mine to the desktop, so that’s where I will browse to. (see 2nd image below)
- Hit Start to begin the process.
Hit OK for Rufus to format your USB and begin its work
Rufus will now start formatting your USB and transferring the required files over to the USB. In total this should only take approximately 5 mins, although this will either be faster or slower depending on your machine.
Once the program has completed its work, simply hit Close.
Now when you want to use the USB to boot to Hiren’s Boot CD, simply change the boot order in your BIOS to USB as first boot device to start using any of the programs. When Hiren’s has loaded, highlight Mini Windows XP and hit Enter to load and give you full access to all of the available programs.
[Update] For those of you who would prefer a video walk through for this, I have created one here for you. Apologies for the shaky talking, but I get nervous making video tutorials. No idea why, I just do.