Medicat USB 21.01 (Mini Windows 10 x64)
MediCat USB is a bootable troubleshooting environment that ships with Windows PE boot environment, and troubleshooting tools. The author of MediCat DVD designed the bootable toolkit as an unofficial successor to the popular Hiren’s Boot CD boot environment. Hiren’s Boot Cd has last been updated in 2012, and while it works in many cases, at least some of the software it ships with is outdated and requires updating.
You get to access all sorts of programs right there, and even more if you are using a version of the toolkit that came with PortableApps included (this one). This include many tools that help you troubleshoot issues on a PC; to name a few: EaseUS Partition Master, HDDExpert, NTFS Permissions Tool, backup tools, Dead Pixel tester, CPU-Z, RegAlyzer, Dr.Web CureIt, Kaspersky TDSSKiller, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and Autoruns.
MediCat USB is a complete Hiren’s Boot Disk replacement for modern computers. MediCat USB aims to replace the discontinued and dated Hiren’s Boot Disk. It is geared towards modern hardware, and follows the Ubuntu release cycle with a newly-updated release every 6 months. The author of MediCat DVD designed the bootable toolkit as an unofficial successor to the popular Hiren’s Boot CD boot environment. The menu lists the following options in this regard:
- 64-Bit windows Recovery: Choice of Microsoft or Easy Recovery options for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
- Hard Disk Tools: includes currently Acronis TrueImage 2017, GParted, Norton Ghost 11.5, Paragon Hard Disk Manager, PloP Boot Manager, SpinRite, SuperGrubDisk, Darik’s Boot and Nuke.
- Diagnostic Utilities: includes currently Hardware Detection Tool Memtest86+, TestDisk / PhotoRec / LiliPad, Ultimate Boot Cd.
- Scan for Viruses: this launches Comodo Rescue Disk currently only.
- Remove User Account Passwords: Active Password Changer, Daossoft Windows Password Rescuer, Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, PCUnlocker, Boot Kon-Boot CD.
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AoMei Partition Assistant
EaseUS Partition Master
MiniTool Partition Wizard
Acronis True Image
MiniTool Power Data Recovery
EaseUS Todo Backup
Lazesoft Recovery Suite
Backup and Restore Drivers
USB Flash Drive Format Tool
Dead Pixel Tester
Windows ISO Downloader
Wise Registry Cleaner
Windows Password Recovery
Macrorit Data Wiper
Macrorit Partition Expert
Avira PC Cleaner
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
VLC media player
… and many more
What’s NEW in MediCat USB 21.01
+ If MediCat VHD (New project!) is added to a MediCat USB drive, it will automatically generate a folder for it on the Main Menu. From within that VHD folder, you can launch MediCat VHD, and it runs a full Windows 10 installation on your computer. It is far less limiting than Mini Windows 10. MediCat VHD must be downloaded separately, and is 20GB in size. So a 64GB MediCat USB flash drive is the minimum requirement to have them together. MediCat VHD will of course work alone on it’s own 32GB USB drive.
+ Simple Vhd Manager v1.4 added to the PortableApps menu.
+ Mouse cursors no longer look ugly in Mini Windows 10, I added the Cursors folder to C:\Windows to resolve this.
+ Memtest86+ v5.31 Beta has been added as a BIOS-bootable Memory tester. This was added because Memtest86 v9.0 is UEFI-only, so now there’s a memory tester for each boot mode. Memtest86+ v5.31 Beta has been added to the auto-MEMDISK list, and is transparent to the user. It also adds a nice Shutdown/Restart/Exit menu when exiting the app.
+ WinNc v184.108.40.206 added to PortableApps menu. It’s a modern, feature-rich tabbed file explorer with a nice Windows 10 interface.
+ RS RAID Retrieve v1.3 added to PortableApps menu. Handles reassembling corrupted RAID arrays.
– TeamViewer has been replaced by AnyDesk. Mostly for compatibility reasons and ease-of-use, but also because TeamViewer just flat-out SUCKS by comparison.
~ Many PortableApps have been updated.
~ Ventoy to v1.0.33 <– (Bug fix version mostly, but adds persistence for Kali and Clonezilla, as well as adding support for Linux VHD files from different bootloaders such as rEFInd, GRUB2, Systemd-boot, and GRUB4DOS.)
~ Mini Windows 10 was run through NTLite to enable Dark Mode, and use small taskbar icons to maximize available screen space. Boot.wim was also recompressed and made a tiny bit smaller.
~ Edited the Windows 10 & Windows 8.1 recovery disc titles by adding “+MS DaRT” at the end, so people know they include the useful MS DaRT utilities.
~ Google Chrome Portable x64 to v 88.0.4324.104
~ HDAT2 to v7.1 [BIOS]
~ Parted Magic to v2020.12.25 [UEFI]
~ SystemRescue to v7.02 Beta 005 [UEFI]
~ AOMEI Backupper to v6.3.0 [UEFI]
~ AOMEI Partition Assistant to v9.1 [UEFI]
~ NIUBI Partition Editor to v7.4 [UEFI]
~ Acronis TrueImage to v2021 Build 35860 [UEFI]
~ EaseUS Partition Master to v15.5 [UEFI]
~ Macrium Reflect to v7.3.5550 [UEFI]
~ MiniTool Partition Wizard to v12.3 [UEFI]
~ MiniTool ShadowMaker to v3.6 [UEFI]
~ MiniTool Power Data Recovery to v9.2 [UEFI]
~ PassMark MemTest86 to v9.0 Beta 2 [UEFI]
# Version info has been updated.
# Removed the holiday hat.
# Adjusted my signature to look proper on 1920×1080 resolutions or less, up from 1366×768.
# New wallpaper, since the holidays are over.
* The Microsoft .NET regressions have been fixed, apparently the “assembly” folder accidentally got removed before the v20.12 release.
* Fixed an issue where Portable 7-Zip v20.02 alpha was being detected as v19.00 Rev 2, and now won’t be asked to upgrade when updating the other portableApps (unless a legit newer version comes out).
* Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.
Requirements: USB stick with minimum 32 GiB.
Note: First thing to do is disable any “real-time scanning” in your antivirus software, including Windows Defender. Otherwise you will have applications get deleted from your USB stick during creation, and things won’t work properly.