All In One System Rescue Toolkit 2017 is a new version of the system analysis and repair toolkit that combines Live CD functionality and Windows tools.
We reviewed the initial release version of the All In One System Rescue Toolkit back in 2016, and found it to be a great tool not only for professional support technicians but also everyday users who want access to an assortment of tools that they can boot or run directly.
The new version of the toolkit is already available for download on the main project website. The full version has a size of 665 Megabytes, and can be downloaded using BitTorrent, or various direct download servers.
You can burn the ISO image to an optical disc or use it to create a bootable USB drive. Another option that Windows users have is to mount the ISO directly to run the Windows compatible tools, or extract the ISO image to do the same without mounting.
The tools collection ships with a Live CD part that you can boot, and an autorun part that you can run directly on Windows machines.
The Live CD distribution was changed to Lubuntu 16.04.2 LTS base for faster booting and lower memory use. Several new tools were added to that part of the toolkit including the document viewers Abiword and Gunumeric, a boot repair tool, ClamAV antivirus support for scanning for threats in the Live environment, and system profiler and benchmark information. The Live CD requires 64-bit CPUs for EFI support.
The Windows tools collection does not support Windows XP or Windows Vista anymore due to Microsoft ending support for these operating systems. While that is the case, most tools will continue to run just fine on those systems.
Probably the biggest feature functionality wise is the new download cache. All In One System Rescue Toolkit 2017 will use the USB storage for caching purposes and put downloads in the extras\cache folder. This means, among other things, that the application will use the cache when you run tools and not download data from the Internet if a cached copy is available.
Another change is that the application does not change the system wallpaper anymore. It displays an overlay instead that lists system, hardware and networking information directly on the desktop.
Here is a short overview of the remaining changes in the new version:
All In One System Rescue Toolkit 2017 improves the technician's toolkit in a meaningful way. It is still relatively lightweight compared to other solutions -- GeGeek Toolkit has a size of more than 1.6 Gigabytes for instance -- but that is largely because of a concentration on a limited number of repair and troubleshooting tools. No one is keeping you from adding tools to the toolkit manually. While you won't be able to run those tools from the interface, they are still available nevertheless if you do so.
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