Hirens Boot CD is renowned as one of the leading collection of tools that can be run outside of the currently installed OS.
The most handy tools in my experience being:
Konboot: Allowing for a bypass of the logon screen
Offline NT Password Changer: Allowing you to remove the disabled function on accounts, nullify passwords of any local accounts and even add your own personal account, give it a password and add it to the local admin group! This works with Win 7 Pro 64 bit and I swear I’ve breached a Win 10 Pro box with this also despite it saying its incompatible with 64 bit systems.
Dareks Boot and Nuke: Another tool I use often when decommissioning assets. Can wipe HDD’s to MoD standards. Doesn’t work with SSDs but its free!
So along with those come many other tools. This is how you’d go about creating Hiren on a bootable USB stick for fun and profit.
Step One – Download Hiren
Would be hard to do this without the ISO, so head on over to http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ and download the ISO.
Filename: Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip Filesize: 592.5 MB (621283886 bytes) ISO MD5: 7EFC81ADBBD551D56F6021C439C6837C ZIP MD5: D342BBD6BF7554ABA24A376E41675DBF
Step Two – Download A Copy of Rufus
I use this frequently and it never lets me down. Go to https://rufus.akeo.ie/ and download the latest copy.
Step Three – Create Hiren Boot USB
Launch Rufus and plug in your USB you wish to create the Boot disk with. All the options should default to what’s required. But click the disk icon on the right hand side to select the correct ISO image. Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Hiren Boot CD zip files to, and select the Hiren Boot CD ISO. Once all settings look like that in the screenshot below…. click start then click ok for the confirmation about wiping the USB device.
This should only take approximately 2-4 minutes and you’ll have a fully bootable USB ready to use.