Paragon Rescue Kit 14 Free

Got an e-mail from Paragon this morning about the Windows PE based Paragon Rescue Kit 14 Free: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-free/.  Decided to take it for a test drive and unfortunately, I am disappointed.  First, you cannot install the program without registering.  It’s free to register to get the codes, but that’s a pain!  It wanted to use the Windows 8.1 ADK which I downloaded.  There’s two versions you can build: x86 and x64.  I built the x86 version.  I booted it and it comes up with a screen with several buttons: backup to virtual disk, postmortem backup, undelete partition, boot corrector, transfer files, load drivers, setup network.  You can also do a restore of course.  That’s it.  No file manager, no desktop and…no thanks.

There are better WinPE discs out there such as this one or the ones over at http://reboot.pro:

http://windowsmatters.com/2013/04/30/windows-8-based-pe-boot-disk-with-explorer-shell-and-all-my-favorite-apps/

– Soli Deo Gloria

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