All in One – System Rescue Toolkit

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About

Hello!  I am Paul, the creator of the All in One – System Rescue Toolkit.  I hope that your experience with this free utility has been a positive one!  This utility disc is designed to quickly and efficiently aid a technician with troubleshooting and repairing Windows based PCs.

The All in One – System Rescue Toolkit is designed to work with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10.  It has also been used with Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012.  The live CD bootable environment may work with GNU/Linux and newer Macs as well.

If you have benefited from the use of this utility, I ask you to support the project and help keep it around.  Bandwidth to share the file, this website, and the time it takes to maintain the project are not free for me.

Please support this project

This utility is the result of many hours over several years worth of my personal time and effort.  While I offer this free for public use, I ask that you help keep this project around.  There is a monthly cost for me to provide this utility free for you.  Supporting this project may help keep the cost of hired technicians down as well.  All of the options below will help support this project, and every little bit helps!

  1. Donate money to help offset costs
  2. Download and seed the latest .torrent
  3. Spread the word and share the disc!
  4. Write a testimonial and leave your feedback for others to see

How To Obtain

If you do not have a BitTorrent client, I highly recommend using the lightweight Transmission BitTorrent client.  You can use these links to download Transmission for Windows:

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Free Download

Latest Version: AiO-SRT_2016-05-15.iso (682 MB)

BitTorrent

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  • Seeders: 127
  • Leechers: 1

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Mirrors

Pre-built CD or USB Flash Drive

I am willing to ship pre-built CDs or USBs (US and international shipping available).  There is a time and material cost for me, so if you are able to download and create your own, that is the recommended method to obtain this utility.

CDs will come pre-labeled with the build version printed using LightScribe or other direct label printing. USBs will be from a reputable USB flash drive manufacturer such as SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Transcend, etc.



AiO-SRT prepared medium
 plus shipping


Please expect up to 3 days for preparation and handling plus shipping time.

Purpose

I have been a field service technician for many years, which means that I am out on my own fixing computers on-site and don’t always have the support of a shop or colleagues to help.  Field service work requires one to be able to quickly and routinely get the problem diagnosed and solved right the first time, otherwise it means another trip back out to a client’s location.

Why did I create this utility?  There are already so many utility discs out there, I know.  Many of the other discs I have used in the past tried to do way more than I wanted, with sometimes 10-20 different applications and utilities that all do the same thing.  This overwhelming level of choice does not easily support the faster pace required of field service work.  I also wanted to have both my bootable repair environment and Windows utilities in the same package to reduce the number of discs I had to maintain and keep on hand.

This disc started as a bunch of batch files that allowed me to work on multiple computers throughout my day and replicate the same level of quality results on each computer without having to maintain checklists on paper.  Even with checklists, I would sometimes skip or miss steps that meant a variety of results when fixing PCs.  Thus, an automated utility was born!  I have since been using this disc in my own line of work for 99% of the problems I encounter in the field.

From 2012 until 2016, this project was a privately kept and maintained utility disc.  I have since decided to make it public for the world of technicians out there to benefit from its use.  Remember:  This disc is intended to be used by a skilled technician, it will not fix all of your computer problems for you!  It is a tool, and I like to say about tools:

“Just because you have a hammer, doesn’t mean you know how to build or fix a house.”

You can just as easily do damage to your PC as easily as you can fix it with this tool if you do not know what you are doing.

Utilities

Live CD

The Live CD portion of the disc may be accessed by booting the computer from the AiO-SRT CD or USB.  The Live CD environment is a customized Ubuntu environment with support for BIOS and UEFI boot (should support newer Apple hardware), Ethernet / Wireless networks, mdadm linux software raid setups, dmraid “fakeraid” setups.

The Live CD portion contains the following utilities:

  • AisleRiot Solitaire – a collection of card games
  • Brasero – burn CD/DVD
  • Browser – lightweight Ubuntu web browser
  • Calculator
  • Clonezilla – partition and disk imaging/cloning program
  • CPU stress test – Mersenne prime CPU torture test
  • Desktop Sharing – VNC based desktop sharing
  • Disks – disk utility to manage SMART and disk partitions
  • Disk Usage Analyzer – graphical application to analyse disk usage
  • GParted – partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions
  • NT Password Reset – Windows password removal utility
  • PhotoRec – file data recovery software
  • Terminal – Ubuntu Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • TestDisk – data recovery software designed to help recover lost partitions

Windows Autorun

When the AiO-SRT CD or USB is inserted into a Windows computer, the program AiO-SRT.exe can be run and contains the following utilities:

The magic of  this utility disc lies in the ability to queue up tasks often used for repairing Windows based servers and PCs in the autoFIX tab.  Setup a queue of tasks to run so that your repairs are consistent, every time!

I use autoFIX DAILY because on-site work often requires interaction with clients while repairing their servers and PCs.  I found it difficult to keep track of repair steps while talking with clients, so the autoFIX tab was created!

  • autoFIX Utility
    • Automatic Tasks – unattended tasks, auto reboot, generate log files
    • Diag & Tune-up – hardware testing and general tune-up
    • Malware Removal – malware targeted tasks
    • Generic OS Repair – generic Windows repair tasks
    • THE WORKS – run all tasks
    • Custom Tasks

Screenshots

Screenshot-Splash Screenshot-LiveCD Screenshot-tabGeneralScreenshot-tabautoFIX

FAQ

Why can’t I share your site via Facebook?

I am not blocked specifically, it is the entire “is-a-geek.org” DynDNS domain that is blocked.  Read more here: Facebook Sharing Blocked?  You can help!

Why is it called “All in One”?  This toolkit doesn’t have everything!

The term “All in One” refers to the fact that this utility has been created by a professional technician and successfully used in many environments including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, modern Apple Macs and it also has a GNU/Linux base.  Under the hood, the boot environment natively is built to support software Linux raid using mdadm as well as chipset based “fakeraid” systems using dmraid.  This toolkit aims to provide a solution for all environments, not have all the tools in one pack.

Why does the background wallpaper change with the Windows autorun?

When you exit the Windows Autorun utility, it should automatically set the wallpaper back to what it was and eject the CD/USB for safe removal.

Have you ever left your utility CD or USB on-site at a client’s location and they were located an hour or more away?  ‘Nuff said.

How do I build a bootable USB flash drive of the All in One – System Rescue Toolkit?

The official way to make a flash drive is to use the built-in Windows Autorun utility.  There is a button on the “General” tab to build a USB flash drive.  This method requires an ENGLISH VERSION OF WINDOWS:

  1. Mount burned AiO-SRT CD or ISO in Windows, you can also extract the ISO to a folder
  2. Run AiO-SRT.exe, Windows may Autorun this depending on mount method
  3. Click on “Build AiO-SRT Flash Drive”
  4. Follow on-screen prompts and the flash drive will build automatically

Once you have a CD or USB, you can replicate it to another flash drive using the same method.  Please note, building a new flash drive from an existing flash drive may copy ALL of the flash drive files to the new flash drive.

Non-English versions of Windows will need to use a different app to build a USB flash drive or order a pre-built USB flash drive from the project page.

Why can’t I boot the CD/USB on 32-bit systems?

First, the Windows Autorun portion will work on 64-bit or 32-bit and has been extensively tested on both.  It will also run in Safe Mode for Windows, so if you are trying to work on a 32-bit processor based computer, you are not stuck when using this toolkit if you boot into Windows and use the Autorun.

The base of the bootable environment is 64-bit Ubuntu because the 64-bit Ubuntu live CD contains the necessary components to boot on both BIOS and UEFI systems.  This means modern UEFI systems running Windows 8/10 as well as modern Apple Mac computers can boot the CD/USB.  Ubuntu does not provide a 32-bit live CD that contains BIOS and UEFI boot.

As a professional field service technician (meaning people pay money to the company where I work for me to show up and fix stuff), I run into Apple Mac and UEFI systems way more often than I run into older 32-bit only processors.  Field service work is usually more expensive than shop-based tech work, so most of my clients are working with modern computers and not older hardware.  Thus, the decision was made to use the 64-bit Ubuntu live CD with UEFI support over aging 32-bit hardware support.

If you work in a shop, you already have the luxury of storage space to have hardware parts, multiple utility discs, and extensive tools on-hand.  Field service work means I take what I can fit in my car, so I have to slim down to the most common denominator with my selection of tools.

There are ways to custom build UEFI support into 32-bit Ubuntu live CDs, but support for this project is limited and does not justify the time it would take for me to build a 32-bit bootable BIOS and UEFI disc.  I know that there are many “personal techs” or “smart friends” out there that are supporting aging 32-bit hardware for low-cost or no-cost tech support to their friends and family, and I applaud your efforts to keep older systems running, however this project lacks the necessary support to make a 32-bit bootable version a reality.

Why is <INSERT FAVORITE UTILITY> not included in your disc?

If you have a favorite utility and it is within the first 10-15 pages of a Google search, it has likely already been considered and is probably rejected from my utility disc because it does not use a license that supports commercial use.

This goal of this toolkit is to use tools and applications that are not restrictive in their commercial use so that hired technicians are able to legally use any utility provided on this disc in their trade.

“Personal use only” licensed programs are not allowed, by US law, to be used by technicians to be able to make money from their use.  I carefully read the licenses for utilities included in this disc so that I do not violate their creators’ intent to make money from their own hard work when those application creators provide “commercial use” (often paid) versions of their software.

What about Solid State Drives (SSDs) and the defrag in your utility?

All of us did that Google search when we first got our precious SSDs, educating ourselves on what to do and not to do.  Then never looked into it again, right?  “NEVER defrag your SSD!”, “DISABLE all these things in Windows!”, “Your SSD (NAND) only has so many write cycles!”

I am guilty of that line of thinking as well.  The truth is we can all relax about SSD writes and lifecycle unless you are running a high demand SQL server with constant read/write activity to your SSD.  Here is a great write-up from Scott Hanselman, a Microsoft employee, that talks about SSDs and why Windows does in-fact defrag them.  Go ahead, take a minute to read.

This utility runs the built-in defrag.exe in Windows and uses a one time startup method, specifically HKLM/RunOnce.  A single defrag run is far from SSD torture testing and maxing out your write cycles.  Aside from the Microsoft employee’s article, when is the last time you cared about the mean time between failures for ball and sleeve bearings in traditional spinning disk drives?  We just all accepted the fact that they will eventually wear out.

Long story short, stuff breaks and we, as technicians, fix it or we wouldn’t be employed.  There is no such thing as a machine running forever.

Still paranoid?  Reboot the PC after running the utility and then kill the task “defrag.exe”.  It will not automatically start again.  Now, since you are still paranoid, look into all of the Event Viewer / log files generated by Windows and the constant Windows updates that are performed on a daily basis while you are using that SSD as your primary boot device.

Can I make copies and share your disc with my friends or colleagues?

Yes!  The entire purpose of releasing this disc to the public is to allow the public to benefit from my work.  I personally do not like fixing the same problems over and over, so I created a disc that helps me fix problems without having to re-invent the wheel each time.

Can you help me fix my computer?

Unfortunately the world is too large for one person to fix everything.  I highly encourage you to hire a technician local to your area to help you resolve your computer problems.  Feel free to tell them about this utility disc!

My virus scanner said your toolkit has a virus!

Previous versions of this utility used methods to perform various tasks that some (very few) antivirus scanners did not like.  None of these tasks are malicious in nature.

I encourage you to try out the toolkit in a virtual machine or spare computer before putting it to use in a production environment.  You may also scan any of the files with the online scanner Virus Total to see if your antivirus scanner is reporting a false positive.

I can assure that you my intent is to create a tool to FIX problems with your computer, not create them!

What do you know about fixing computers?

I don’t pretend to be the greatest technician out there, however I do have experience in many areas of technology I have worked with over the course of many years.  I felt like there was a lack of slimmed down, easy to use tech support utilities, so I made my own.  I use my toolkit for most of my troubleshooting and repair work.

Feel free to check out my Résumé.  I also am currently working as a field service technician for Backbone IT, a local company that handles break/fix tech support calls and offers managed IT services for local businesses.

Subscribe For Updates

I personally do not like my tech repair tools to nag me that they need to be updated while I am using them to fix someone’s computer.  As such, I will probably not be including any update notifications within the All in One – System Rescue Toolkit.

Each version is thoroughly tested, so there shouldn’t be any “emergency update patch notification” needed.  If you would like to receive updates regarding the All in One – System Rescue Toolkit, feel free to sign up to the newsletter here.  This mailing list will be only for updates regarding this utility and your information will not given away or traded.

Community Support

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References, Reviews, Media

I am trying to credit everyone that is sending me traffic through various media outlets on the References page.