Q. What is Trinity Rescue Kit 3.0?

A. I first discussed this tool in the FAQ "What's the Trinity Rescue
Kit?" at
http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=1F487:1EDFC . A new
version is now available at
http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=1F490:1EDFC ,
and you can find more information at
This new version is still a Linux-based recovery tool for Windows, but
it has several new features including:

- Read/write support on NTFS drives. The command "mountallfs" gives
you read-only access to NTFS drives. Using the command with the -f
option gives you safe, fast write access to NTFS drives, but you can
create only 10 files per subdirectory, so it's not an ideal solution if
you have to do many copies. Mountallfs -c gives you full write access,
but you need to manually add ntfs.sys and ntoskrnl.exe from Windows XP
Service Pack 1a (SP1a), as the Usage Howto section of the Web site
- Simple password resets via winpass
- Offline virus scans with two different antivirus tools (F-prot and
- Registry editing
- Partition editing with qtparted
- NTFS file undelete functionality
- Lots of hardware support, from most network cards and disk
controllers to USB storage
- Fast boot times (less than 40 seconds)
- Network NTFS cloning
- Remote administration possible
- Network environment preconfigurable at boot
- Integrated Web browser (links)

All this functionality is from a bootable CD-ROM; no information is
written to the physical disk. For example, you can use the Winpass
shell script, which uses a GNU Windows registry editor called Chntpw,
to reset Windows passwords without having to know Linux. The script
searches for any available local Windows installations, asks which
installation you want to reset the password for, then starts Chntpw, as
the figure at http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=1F489:1EDFC
shows. I recommend that you download and burn the utility to a CD-ROM
and practice using it. It's a valuable tool for any power user or administrator.

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