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Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional (English, Single License) Giveaway
$99.95 (Incl. Standard Technician License)

Giveaway of the day — Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional (English, Single License)

When your system fails to boot, Rescue Kit Professional Edition is your first-aid solution!
$99.95 (Incl. Standard Technician License) EXPIRED
User rating: 729 109 comments

Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional (English, Single License) was available as a giveaway on September 9, 2009!

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When your system fails to boot, Rescue Kit Professional Edition is your first-aid solution to cure the majority of boot problems and instantly retrieve your data! It also can recover deleted partitions, view and modify settings of any Windows system registry in the offline mode, establish a network connection to work with shared resources on the net, securely erase data and easily clear any user’s Windows OS password.

Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional is designed to:

  • Professionally correct the majority of system boot problems;
  • Instantly retrieve valuable information from disk when your system fails to boot and save it to another hard disk/partition or burn to CD/DVD;
  • Undelete accidentally deleted partitions;
  • Establish a network connection to work with shared resources on the net;
  • Secure data erasure with advanced wiping tool;
  • Easily remove any Windows OS password;

Limitations: No WinPE included in this download

Technical Support:
During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.

System Requirements:

CPU: 300 MHz or higher; RAM 128 MB; SVGA video adapter and monitor; Limitations: No WinPE included in this download


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File Size:

54.0 MB


$99.95 (Incl. Standard Technician License)

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#101: I had the same problem. See #46. Solved it for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dear GTOD and Paragon Software,
This is very very good and usefull Software. Thanks from bottom of the Hart. This is top 1 softeware in GTOD from my daily searching.Congracts for top Rating in GTOD.

Reply   |   Comment by Sachin  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

What a beautifull day in speciall for XP users.Paragon offer good products in version free,also Nero offer Nero 9 in free version,Vicman offer their products for free,Photo Pos Pro offer an grafic editor and amazing Panorama maker for free,Wondershare offer some from this amazing products for free,Moyea and Leawo offer some good products for free,Serif offer:PhotoPlus SE(grafic editor) and Serif WebPlus SE(web site creator) in free version.Thank at this commercial sites for their generosity.I think that Paragon is in top at this chapter.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Checking back in my archives, I found GAOTD gave away Paragon Rescue 9.5 Professional on Aug 12, 2009. In the email they sent earlier today it said v9.0 Pro. When i got to the page for today, it says v 8.5 Pro. So, Why the step (or 2 half steps) backward?

I did get v8.5 to burn to a CD on my WinXP-SP3 Presario (2.93Ghz) just fine. Did it twice to be sure or in case one was lost/damaged, but i don't have Linux, so it may be a waste for me.

Glad to see Paragon does offer Mac programs also. It would be nice to see more Mac stuff here, even if weekly.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Thanks Paragon, as usual offering a lifesaver along with links to their must-have freebies. Best GOTD in a while now.

Reply   |   Comment by gmon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I did every thing by the directions and now I have a folder with no program in it.

Reply   |   Comment by tazmon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

@67 - Karen C
Unlike a copy, an ISO file is more of a "snapshot" of the partition.
Read comment #1, from the always helpful Ashraf, and follow his link to the full review: there you'll find out how to avoid "recover after the fact".

Reply   |   Comment by BeyondRescue  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


Thanks Paragon.

I just download, installed and created the bootable CD.

Works great.

Tools are all working so far.

I did have to go into BIOS and turn on my USB keyboard and USB mouse, so i could control the menu choices on the CD.

Reply   |   Comment by Disenchanted  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I really do not like the idea of a software to erase a windows user password. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this make hacking someones PC incredibly easy?

Reply   |   Comment by MSC  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I am still waiting for the email with the password. My email was correct. Anyone else have this problem?

Reply   |   Comment by kevin Bolster  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

69 here.
Solved problem by logging on to Paragon Software support and noticed registration was doubled.
Paragon sent a incoorect key.
I copied the key from Paragon on-line and could proceed succesfuly.

Reply   |   Comment by JohanM  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

As stated previously, WinPE stands for "Windows Preinstallation Environment" and is the setup program used on Windows installation CD's to install Windows. Projects like UBCD4Win (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows) are based on WinPE but much more sophisticated. Allowing techies to boot from a CD (or DVD) into a Windows environment with the ability to run almost any Windows application. I use the UBCD mostly for imaging pc's but sometimes for fixing boot problems, data recovery and malware cleaning.

In case you don't know, you can add the Rescue Kit ISO to the UBCD4Win boot menu as an option to boot from when you build your UBCD4Win CD/DVD.

As for Rescue Kit...

File Transfer Wizard copies files from one disk to another disk but I didn't get to test if it would detect a USB device like a flash drive or external hard drive.

Boot Corrector and Undelete Partition could come in handy if you know what you are doing. A word to the wise, if you think the boot problem is a hardware problem, GET YOUR DATA OF THE HARD DRIVE ASAP. The more you play with a failing hard drive, the less likely you are to recover data. Which is why having the File Transfer Wizard at the top of the menu is probably a very good thing.

Registry Editor looked very interesting but HKEY_CURRENT_USER did not show up in the list. Only ROOT, LOCAL MACHINE and USERS.

Password Cleaner worked flawlessly. Removes the selected account's password so there is no password. Just click the user account and you're in!

Wipe Wizard can wipe the whole drive or just the free space. You can use Paragon's algorithm or create you own sanitation method, which allows you to choose up to four different masks to overwrite with and the number of passes for each mask. Estimated time to wipe 10Gb using Paragon's algorithm was 1 hour 4 mins (I didn't let it finish).

Reply   |   Comment by Mattie  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Have same problen as Matt in #41
Copied and pasted key and serial.
Checked 10x
Next remains grayed out.

How did you solve this Matt?

Reply   |   Comment by JohanM  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I wonder if you ran into the same problem I encountered. When I registered the software the email listed my product key like this..
PRODUCT KEY: rk-85-prof-en

Although it is not obvious this is corrupt. There should be a dash and additional digits at the end. I suspect everyone gets this as the the prefix portion of their product key with the additional (missing) characters as the unique part. I know the glitch was on Paragon's part during installation because the registration information that they had stored on their site had exactly the same key.

I only discovered what was wrong by registering the software as second time with another email account. Using the new information the "Next" key was no longer grayed out and everything else went fine.

BTW The iso can be extracted without the registration. See #4, #61 and other comments.

Reply   |   Comment by badinoff  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Like all Paragon progies, Wonderful. Works great.

Reply   |   Comment by rick  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Still waiting for the registration information . . . . . .

Reply   |   Comment by FFuser  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#45, I used the Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional recovery CD to restore an accidentally deleted partition (FAT32) on a USB 16GB stick drive. I did have to use the advanced configuration options in order for the program to find and restore the partition. Thanks giveaway of the day and Paragon!

Reply   |   Comment by zzyzx  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Another great product from Paragon.
Tried in vain to Clone my HDD yesterday. Easus failed, Acronis Failed, Paragon saved the day without a hitch.. says a lot..

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I burned the ISO image ... booted from CD and everything works just great... And what I like most about this rescue kit is that of being able to edit the registry, copy files from one hard disk to another, and also erasing the windows passwords... Paragon Rescue Kit recognized my system with no problems: Win Vista Ultimate 64bits.
Thank you GAOD n PARAGON for such a great program !!

Reply   |   Comment by Hector  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The registration doesn't work right. I type in the product# and the ID key and "Next" remains greyed out, and I don't know what to do next...

Reply   |   Comment by Donald Wilson  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just to clarify what the program does.

You only use it when your system has crashed and will not reboot. Installing it would do nothing.

1 You burn it to a CD.
2 You shutdown, load the CD and restart to check and make sure the burn worked.
3 Shutdown, remove the disk and store it in a good place.
4 Wait for a system crash.
5 If you understand what a boot sector is then proceed to step 6 otherwise find a geek (preferably one who will not spend hours telling you how much beter Linux is) to help.

6 When your system will not restart, spend an hour or so trying to recall where you put the &^!#@* CD.
7 Boot with the CD and fix your system.
8 Put the disk away until the next time.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

mod...disregard the last comment

Reply   |   Comment by jake  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Couldn't be easier. I got my password and product key in less than 2 minutes. It then asked me where I wanted to write program. It wrote the program directly to a CD and I'm done. I now have a rescue CD.


Reply   |   Comment by danzeb  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Successful install and creation of a bootdisk and then recovery for me of a faulty partion/mbr. Using 32 bit vista to create and recover same on a different machine.

Reply   |   Comment by Smee  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


An .iso file is an image file. The idea is you burn it AS AN IMAGE - NOT AS DATA onto a cd - do not format the cd.

You need an iso burner to do that. If you have a Nero or Roxio, or Ashampoo, etc - they will have an option to burn an IMAGE file to cd.

When you have the cd - you do not try and "run" the program from the cd - you BOOT the cd.

To BOOT a cd, start your PC. Watch the black screen with white writing. Almost the first thing that comes up will be something like

F2 for setup
F11 for boot menu.

Your F numbers may be different. Obviously, press the key for boot menu.

A menu will pop up in a few seconds - arrow down to cdrom drive - put the cd in the drive and close the tray. Press Enter.

A few seconds later - it may ask press any key to boot from cdrom drive - if so, press Enter again.

The program on the cd will load into memeory. A menu will appear on the screen . Select Normal Mode and press Enter.


Reply   |   Comment by SIW2  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Does not work. I downloaded the file and registered to get the Product Key and Serial Number. The numbers were emailed to me within 5 minutes. However they do not work. I copied and pasted them to ensure no errors. I checked front and back to ensure no spaces. I did this twice and the key would not work. I assume this product is a hoax.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Reece  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I use BartPE. It is totally free. Tried it to retrieve another PC that will not boot at all and got all the data back. Very easy to use but you must have a legal copy of the Windows OS.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just downloaded and installed this app, and booted to the CD it created. I then copied a file from my C drive to a pen drive (E:) with absolutely no hitches. It worked great.

A simple question: Can the bootable CD it creates be used to rescue any Windows based machine, or only the one on which it was created (because of specific drivers, etc.)?

Reply   |   Comment by txrabble  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Forgot to mention:

Most of you already DO HAVE a newer version of this rescue-CD: it is always part of - at least of the "Pro"-Products of - Paragon , e.g. DirveBackup 9 which was offered here before!!
Use the version you already received with those packages.

Reply   |   Comment by (german)werwölfchen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Thanks another nice looking bit of Paragon Software. Difficult to comment on how well it works since I don't happen to have a computer in immediate need of rescue!

Hey these comments are fun. A number of very basic question and just look at those replies. Some people give clear and helpful answers. Others tell people that don't happen to know what an ISO is (yet) then they shouldn't be using this software. I would respectfully disagree with this 2nd catagory of reply because:
. Everybody has to learn sometime.
. If you know what you don't know and have enough sense to ask someone who does you are not likely to do much damage with any software.
. The average PC/laptop is not safety critical. You might make yourself a bit of extra work while your learning by your mistakes but you are not likely to harm anyone. A sense of proportion please.

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Who would like to run it from bootable USB-drives:

1. Download and install Grub34DOS
2. Install GRUB to your USB drive(flash, disk etc: best to use is FAT32) (the bootsector is changed without loosing any data and the loader file, “GRLDR” will be copied into the root folder of your USB drive)
3. Create inn the root folder of this USB drive the file “Menu.lst” at least with the following contents:

title Paragon DriveBackup 9o PE
kernel /boot/RK85/vmlinuzp splash=silent vga=0×314 language=de_DE.UTF-8 medialable=PARAGON
initrd /boot/RK85/initrd.gz

(just an EXAMPLE, adapt to your needs and circumstances!!!)

You see, all files that are needed are these two files: INITRD.GZ und VMLINUZP!

Alternatively you could use other loaders, which I havn´t tried, for I was able to run EVERYTHING with GRLDR (=Grub4DOS): MULTIBOOT with ALL Systems: bootable disk-images, Linux-OSes, XP-PE, Vista-PE, Paragon as well as all other possible Rescue-Systems.

Have fun!

Reply   |   Comment by (german)werwölfchen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

#67 Karen C,

Today's download is an ISO disc image file that you can either directly burn to a CD/DVD or save to a hard disc and later burn to a CD/DVD with your own burning program. The resulting CD/DVD is bootable.

To see if your CD works, you can try using it boot up your computer. Just insert it in the CD/DVD drive and boot your computer from it. (Depending on your computer, you may need to press a function key to pop up a boot menu, or pre-set the boot sequence in the BIOS of your computer, to boot from the CD/DVD drive.)

You cannot run today's program directly from the hard disk.

If your CD doesn't work, I would suggest that you re-run today's Setup.exe and save the ISO to hard disk first. Then use a burning program of your own (such as the freeware ImgBurn) to burn the ISO image to an empty CD.

Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon K  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank you #61 SIW2

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Have Paragon Drive Backup 9 Pro from previous giveaway. Does the "Recovery media builder" option in Drive backup 9 pro do this? I cant test this as I am away from home and have no way to burn iso.

Reply   |   Comment by mylar2  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#44: "# 10 cites a “one year” limitation. Is that on the license? Or does the software self cripple itself after 1 year? "

If you follow the link at the top of this page, you'll get info on the current version of Paragon's Rescue Kit, with the tech (not normal) license terms, which was copied into a comment... IOW no bearing on today's GOTD.

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#55: "On a 64-bit Vista system, only a boot menu appears. I have 3 of these. Isn’t it time for software manufacturers to write for present-day commodity PCs?"

Your PC will boot to any compatible OS, as in Windows, Linux etc. If you have a choice of more than one OS, in this case Vista on hdd & Linux on CD, they are separate & irrelevant to each other... boot from the CD into Linux, & Windows is just a collection of files -- same with booting into Windows & looking at the Linux CD.

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#65: "Can this software recover data/images from a hard disk failure. I have a 120 gb hard disk and I have no idea how to recover
all the important files from it."

If the drive failed mechanically, if it is still readable, create a backup disk image from it 1st, so you have something to work with should it become un-readable... if the hardware is bad, restore that image to another drive & work with that.

The Rescue Kit can try to find a deleted partition table -- the master table of contents for the partition. That or other tools might work to get your disk contents back, &/or try Recuva or other un-delete programs.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #66
There are easier ways to do what you need.You can put the bad drive in your computer as a second hard drive and see if you can access the files and copy them to your main good drive.
You could also get a hard drive enclosure and hook it up as an external drive and see if you can access the files.
You can do both without this download.
But you might want to download this and burn the cd while it is available.
With this rescue cd I was able to move files between my external drives and my main drive without ever booting into windows.
But if the drive is actually physically damaged you are probably out of luck either way.

Reply   |   Comment by Rab  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

For all those who are being told to "go find something else to do if you don't understand how to install"... don't feel like you're over your head with this software. The readme.txt sucks. I've been programming and installing for many years and I had trouble understanding what was required of me at first.

The readme.txt should have read:
1. Unzip and run SETUP.exe
2. Provide us with an email address and we will send you registration info.
3. Enter the info when you receive it.
4. The setup will allow you to burn Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional to a CD or you can choose to save the ISO to your hard drive for future burning.
5. Once the CD is burned boot your computer with the CD in the drive to run Paragon Rescue Kit 8.5 Professional.

Reply   |   Comment by BEC  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

The Paragon Rescue Kit, more in depth...
When a PC/laptop is turned on, the Bios chip 1st scans the hardware it's connected to, looking for a CPU, memory etc. 2nd the Bios looks for info on what to do next, checking devices like USB drives/sticks, CD/DVD drives, Floppies, & of course any connected hard drives, looking for a *Boot Loader*, which provides those instructions. When it's looking for a boot loader it checks devices in the order you set, & starts the first one it finds. The boot loader in turn may or may not start up a boot menu, & from there start's up whatever OS (Operating System).

OK, so what happens when Windows won't start? Something could be broken in any 1 of those steps listed... Windows itself could be broken, or the Boot Loader may not work/start, or the Bios may not find the connected & working hardware it needs. Paragon's Rescue Kit might help with the 1st two, by 1) providing a minimal OS so you have something to work with, & 2) by providing some tools you can use to repair the boot loader &/or Windows. In this case the Rescue Kit uses Linux for that minimal OS, which is fine -- you just need to be able to look at your hard drives, & run the apps Paragon provided... using a minimal Windows OS instead may look nicer, & it may allow you to add other Windows apps to your toolkit, but it's nowhere near essential.

There are several alternatives to use, including your Windows install CD/DVD, which has a DOS or DOS-like environment, & a repair-install routine... that repair-install routine BTW can often be the easiest route, getting things working again hopefully with all your installed software intact. Windows PE was a minimal OS to allow you to work with your files & disks outside normal Windows, but it had restrictions, so BartPE was written to mimic it without those limits. LiveXP takes it much further, & by default includes more & more powerful tools. There are a few Vista versions of these minimal Windows OSes too. Linux is popular, since for one thing it's so much smaller, & without all the gimmicks & doodads more efficient too... almost every version of Linuz is available as a bootable CD/DVD ISO, & those aren't super minimal versions like WinPE. And there are free-ware &/or open source rescue discs to download prepackaged with tools.

When you can't get into Windows, if/when Windows &/or the actual Boot Loader files are the problem, By Far the easiest solution is to restore a backup. If your backup's not current, AND you know what's broke, Paragon has tools to extract just parts of the backup. If you want to replace individual files &/or folders, you can do that from pretty much any mini-OS... If you have a FAT32 system drive, even the old win98 rescue floppy will work. The hard part of course is knowing that files need replaced, & which ones -- usually it's a matter of knowing how things got screwed up, or something's obviously missing. A mini Windows OS does come in handy when you're browsing the contents of CAB files on an install disc, though it's faster/easier to just grab them off another PC. If the problem's in the registry, Paragon provides a way to edit it without starting Windows, which is pretty cool. Not knowing just where to look OTOH may make the task seem impossible. And in some cases even knowing what to change still might not be worth it -- if your problem is an app starting with Windows, it's easier to rename the app than navigate to the run keys. Don't neglect hardware, as missing or mis-behaving driver & related files, or hardware gone bad can cause huge amounts of grief.

Boot loader problems can be more difficult, since parts of the boot loader are stored in a special section of your hard drive or device, & you can't just copy a file over to it. Sometimes this Master Boot Record (MBR) track on your hard disk needs fixed so the Bios can find the actual boot loader files. Paragon's backup software lets you back up the MBR separately -- do it... restoring that backup is the easiest & an almost guaranteed cure for MBR problems. Google fixmbr for details on a fix you can run from the Windows Recovery Console prompt. A Windows repair-install works, but takes a while & may not preserve the current state exactly. Sometimes the easiest cure is to bypass what's broke, and you can install another boot loader on your system. Otherwise alternatives for repairing the MBR are included in several Paragon apps, you can find info & tools for Vista's boot loader at neosmart.net, & there are a handful of specialized tools -- I'd classify all of these in the *might work* category, & personally I'd try the other stuff first. Try to keep in mind that at a certain point, the time & effort to repair rather than replace is just simply no longer worth it.

Finally you can have plain ol' disk problems, & obviously if the Bios can't read the disk, Windows isn't going to happen. Restoring a backup disk image, for example one made using Paragon's backup software, should cure problems with the partition tables, which are those master table of contents for the disc. Several of their apps also have tools for repairing the partition table, & there's always Partition Table Doc, a previous GOTD... even if it can't fix it, the capability to back it up before trying this or other tools can be invaluable.

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Regardless the cause of your problem, if you weren't a fan of backups & now have to try & diagnose/repair a Windows install, become a convert *now*. Backup the disk you're working with, so if you do screw something up worse than it was previously, you can at least put things back like they were. Countless times even pro's will explore several avenues, try several things before Windows is fixed -- putting things back to undo needless changes (made during diagnosis) can be a huge help.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@ 65
It has a File Transfer wizard that is supposed to read files off the harddisk. Don't know if it will burn to CD/DVD (see Ashraf's notes) but it IS supposed to transfer files. Burn a CD and give it a shot. Holler back and let us know! Good luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Torymon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)


Downloaded, ran setup, waited for key, cut n pasted key (tabbed between fields), burned .iso to CD with ImgBurn.
I had a troublesome situation after my ISP was testing my system for line noise awhile back. Somehow, after connecting his laptop to my system through USB, my WinXP Pro suddenly wanted a password. Safemode allowed me to set a user password but if I tried to delete the Admin's, I'd get locked out.
Booted off the Rescue Kit CD, used the password cleaner - Clean All, crossed my fingers and rebooted! Clean boot!! No password needed and no problems running the CD at all!
Nice job Paragon and thanks GAOTD Team!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Torymon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

An iso.fle is another type of compresion file. Look for this program.

Reply   |   Comment by rick  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Not one single thing worked on this program other than it burnt at slow speed just fine, all the modules errored, even old v4 of this crap ware wouldnt work whatsoever, not sure why nor do i care, i have other backup restore programs that work... Anyway Iam sadly dissapointed in Paragon's efforts with this title. I was very up on praising them for all their other softwares as iam a big fan of them, however i can't say with this one, sorry its a huge thumbs down from me.

Reply   |   Comment by StanDP  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Folks are asking about ISO files & such -- If it helps, today's GOTD is a zip file as usual, which you extract as usual -- what you'll get is a setup.exe file & a readme.txt file. Double clicking the setup.exe file starts the install, which connects on-line to the GOTD servers -- once they verify that it's today's offer, installation proceeds, & you're asked for a name & key. Clicking the link provided takes you to Paragon's registration page, where after filling in the details they'll email the info you need. Copy/paste the info into the setup dialog, click next, and you're given the choice to burn the Paragon rescue disc or write the ISO file to your hard drive.

An ISO file is simply the equivalent of a hard drive image (like what you create with a backup program), only for a CD/DVD. If you have any trouble using the setup program to burn it to disc for you, or if you simply want to use something else, I'd suggest using the free ImgBurn with the ISO file setup writes to your hard drive.

The reasons for Paragon's using an ISO file are 1) it's the easiest way to give you a bootable disc, which is different than a regular CD, & 2) you can't read many of the files on the disc in Windows, & burning the files to disc individually could be a problem. ;-)

Once you've got the disc burnt, you can boot from it, & it'll provide some tools that might help you recover a dead PC/laptop. TO boot from a CD, you might just have to have the CD in the drive when you boot. Or you might have a boot device menu provided by the bios when you 1st fire your PC/laptop up, though you may have to press a hot key combo during boot to see it instead of the manufacturer's picture. If neither works you'll have to enter the bios setup to change the boot device order, which means what devices should your PC/laptop look at, & in what order, when starting.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Usually I think Kiwi posts the url for the registration page -- don't see it so far, so in case it helps: [http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/rk85pro.html]

If you're worried about getting a key, or don't want to wait with the installation paused etc, that's where you can get your key 1st.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Ok I downloaded this onto a CD. I am not a techie so what I end up is so much Greek to me (apologies to all the Greeks out there)So I copied it over to my hard drive on another partition until I could find out what I have done wrong and then I get an error message. It says
Runtime error!
Program...ommon files\sonic shared\sonic central\Main\Mediahub.exe
-pure virtual function call

I have already lost everything once to a crash and wanted to save myself the hair-pull of trying to recover it after the fact. But how can I arrange that when I can't even get anything like a home page or a place to go and tell it?? I am one of those who have no idea what an iso file is. Think I will delete it but not until later in case one of you techie types can tell me what I have done wrong. Everything else I have had from this company has worked well for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen C  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

When I right click on the paragon rescue kit.zip with winrar there isn't an option for a .ISO file...

How do you exactly find this .ISO FILE... when unzip the folder with winrar there is not .ISO file?

Reply   |   Comment by bii  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I have a question
Can this software recover data/images from a hard disk failure.
I have a 120 gb hard disk and I have no idea how to recover
all the important files from it.

Reply   |   Comment by Heather  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

@ 63

The 16 bit .exe is not intended to be run under windows.

You need to boot the cd.

Reply   |   Comment by SIW2  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

** Comment** While looking at several cross-references to recovery, I discovered these Recovery Disks (related info) 'hidden' in MS site.

Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download
Published January 18th, 2008 in Software, Windows 1584 Comments Tags: Download, Microsoft, Vista, Windows

If you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows Vista installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.

It doesn't matter that you just paid a thousand dollars for a machine that comes with a valid Windows Vista license - your computer manufacturer just don't want to spend the money (or perhaps take on the responsibility) of giving you a Windows Vista installation DVD to accompany your expensive purchase.

The problem is, with Windows Vista, the installation media serves more than one purpose. It's not just a way to get Windows installed, it's also the only way of recovering a borked installation. The Windows Vista DVD has a "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.

Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. It contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD's "recovery center," as we've come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it's damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows' users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own.

NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the Windows Vista Recovery Disc for your convenience. It is a 120 MiB download, and in the standard ISO format.

Reply   |   Comment by Wayne  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

To #63-
It is not designed to be run from the cd within Windows.
You shouldn't be opening anything on the cd.
It is designed to be used when Windows will not boot up.
If your computer will not load Windows and stops with some kind of error,bluescreen,boot menu with no options that work,or whatever then simply open your cd drive while the power is on and insert the cd.Then restart your computer however you can including just turning the power off and then back on if you have to.

Reply   |   Comment by Rab  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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