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BootZilla v6 Beta 5 Preview

I’ve done a lot of work today on getting BootZilla closer to finished. As of right now, I’m just picking and choosing the last few applications I feel need to be added. If you would like to test Beta 5, grab the starter package HERE and run the update script included (UpdateBZDB.cmd). This will grab the latest BZDB file, which contains the current set of tools. Next, run BZUpdate.cmd to load Ketarin with the updated database, which will allow you to build a clean BootZilla toolkit on your local system.

New in this release are a bunch of Antivirus removal tools, specific malware removal tools from ESET, and various other utilities I feel are needed for any tech toolkit.

Enjoy, and let me know of any wacky bugs you may encounter. This is the latest build of BootZilla version 6.

The Future

I’ve been testing and using other tools out there, many like BootZilla, but a bit more polished, in some ways. I’m working on restructuring the entirety of the suite, wiping out most of the old batch scripting in lieu of a cleaner, more versatile solution. First things first, thanks to Foolish IT, I’ve been made aware of a neat .NET application that works as an updater for software apps, much like a combination of curl and wget, in a neat gui-based solution. Foolish IT also offers a neat tool named <b>D7</b>, which offers a lot of the same tools as BZ, in a simple GUI, instead of an HTML file. I’ve been testing it with a lot of systems lately, and have found that it can be used as a great replacement to my ancient html page launcher. I’ve also been intrigued by FalconFour’s UBCD, which is based on Hiren’s boot CD, which contains a lot of licensed software, but is extremely useful in an IT tech’s job. I’m thinking of creating a completely legal, free alternative to F4′s CD, which happens to be the original idea for BootZilla v6.

Here we are at a crossroad of sorts. I can continue to develop the suite as an abortion of batch scripts, or I can jump ship and start working on the final, more useful WindowsPE-based version 6, which has been a long time in planning. It’s really gotten to the point where the basic toolset I’ve offered for years is not all too useful anymore - many infections prevent booting up a system, but if you can gain access to the registry from another system, you can fix the system - that’s where I’m going with this project.

To keep the users I have right now, I’ll be releasing BootZilla a legacy edition, which will stay in the version 5.x land, and a ‘future tech’ version, which will start with version 6.0. The legacy version may only see 1-2 updates a year, while the v6 release will see between 3-10 releases/patches a year, if need be.