Paragon Rescue Kit 14 Free Edition
• Price: Free • Manufacturer: Paragon • Website: goo.gl/TUAbgm • Requirements: 1GB RAM, 700MHz CPU
We reviewed Paragon Rescue Kit 11 back in 2011 and while good it really only ever touched the tip of the rescue disc iceberg, leaving out many of the additional and useful tools that the other rescue discs featured out of the box. Has it improved since then?
The Paragon Rescue Kit is a little different from what we’ve already looked at. This is a Windows PE-based rescue desktop, one that downloads to a reasonably sized 300MB executable. From there you can opt to create a Windows PE ISO where you’ll boot into in the event of an unbootable PC. To note, though, you will need a free licence number from Paragon, but the link is available from the setup process.
Once the bootable environment is created and you’re in you can easily navigate the available options. There’s a backup to a virtual disk option, restore from virtual disk, access to the user manual, a more traditional backup and restore function – that backs up to a network resource or second drive (internal or external), an option to transfer any files and to load any specific drivers, such as a RAID setup.
Within each of the available options are further settings that will fix your boot sector, a password cleaner to wipe all current Windows passwords and a Windows registry editor, among others.
The environment is reasonably quick, and it’s certainly friendly enough for the vast majority of users, since it’s Windows PE as opposed to a Linux desktop. However, despite the new environment look, compared to version 11, which we reviewed all those years ago, it feels like a lot was left out of Paragon Rescue Kit 14.
True, it’ll do a good job of getting your PC back on its feet again. But it’s missing a virus scanner and a more advanced way of getting to the files and folders, especially the permissions of each. These are all elements that come with AVG, Dr.Web and SystemRescueCD – minus the AV side of things with SystemRescueCD.
The feeling then that Paragon Rescue Kit 14 is still only the tip of the rescue toolbox iceberg is once again present. There’s plenty more the company could do to improve the available tools and to add others.
While good, then, and certainly worthy of checking out, we feel it’s just not quite up to the same standard as some of the other discs in this group test.
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