✔ Project is still active. ✔ This project is absolutely free to use; I do not charge anything for MediCat USB. ✔ The full MediCat USB aims to replace Hiren's Boot CD/DVD, for bleeding edge computers. ✔ Derivative projects are allowed and encouraged. ✔ MediCat USB is clean of viruses, malware, or any kind of malicious code. ✔ Modify MediCat's ISOs and menus as you see fit with UltraISO. ✔ USB bootable using Rufus, or similar USB tools. ✔ Now has a page on http://alternativeto.net/software/medicat-dvd/ ✔ Gluten-free, non-GMO, gender neutral, and no trans-fats! What is MediCat USB? Learn About MediCat Here. ==> MediCat History: I run a PC repair service out of my home called Reset Computers. As a seasoned PC Technician (A+ Certified by CompTIA) in the field for 16 years, I could never find a software toolbox that could fit my personal needs.... Until I found YUMI, which allowed me to customize my own. That got me making multiboot USB sticks, and all was great. However, some older hardware (and picky computers) wouldn't boot from them, rendering them useless. Even the F-key boot menu wouldn't work. Sometimes the BIOS just doesn't support bootable USB sticks for whatever reason, even when set to Legacy Boot in the BIOS settings. So I made a bootable DVD variety, for those finicky computers that refuse to (or can't) boot from USB. So I created a bootable ISO called MediCat DVD in early 2012. I kept working on it and kept it updated whenever I needed to, but never thought about releasing it. The first public release wasn't until February 2nd, 2014. I had a stable home and job so I figured, 'why not?'. Now the projct has outgrown DVD-R media, and is known as MediCat USB. The Project Objective: My overall goal of this project is to continue where Hiren's Boot CD/DVD left off in 2012; Provide a simplified menu system that's completely overloaded with useful PC tools, be easy to navigate, and remain aesthetically pleasing to technicians. I wanted something elegant, but not too distracting. I didn't want it to come across as too technical-looking, or confusing. So I did what I could to spruce things up, within the constraints of SYSLINUX. MediCat USB is made with modern computers in mind. ISO Testing: I periodically test my ISOs in Virtualbox and VMware, whenever I make enough drastic changes in PowerISO UltraISO. (PowerISO 6.0+ is now bundled with adware by Conduit Ltd. called "Search Protect". For this reason alone, I can no longer promote or support the use of PowerISO) I also test out the USB and versions across different hardware in my home, to make sure it works across as many hardware configs as possible. All the artwork was generated by myself from scratch in Photoshop (Yes, I have borrowed and re-purposed the Nyan Cat), and all menus have been completely re-written to function as I needed them to. Constant testing to make sure the boot paths are correct takes a large part of my time, but is always necessary. Click the Google Drive button below for the download directory: How to create a bootable USB drive with Rufus. ==> Please Follow these steps to help you make a bootable USB stick successfully: MediCat USB Screenshots: Lubuntu Screenshots: Mini Windows 10: MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 are released under the WTFPL: ==> DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, December 2004 Copyright (C) 2004 Sam Hocevar <firstname.lastname@example.org> Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified copies of this license document, and changing it is allowed as long as the name is changed. DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION 0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO. For more information about the WTFPL: http://www.wtfpl.net/about/ Concerning Donations: Please understand™: As much as I appreciate you guys wanting to donate to me, I can't accept donations... This project is my labor of love. It's my way to give back to the tech industry. And it's just overall fun to work on. I have no financial need, so I wouldn't benefit from donations. However, there are many smaller projects you can direct your donations to (listed below), as they help keep MediCat alive: GBATemp's Patreon page 4MLinux Snappy Driver Installer Lubuntu Gparted PortableApps Giving Center / Computers with Causes FAQs: Can I run the PortableApps on my current PC without MediCat?" Yes, just mount the MediCat ISO image or USB, and open Start.exe to launch the platform. These are the same exact apps that get loaded within Mini Windows 10. So if you update them, they will show up updated in Mini Windows 10 as well. "Can I add or swap out the PortableApps with different ones?" Absolutely, I encourage it! Please feel free to modify MediCat to YOUR individual needs! Just keep in mind, not all PortableApps will launch under Mini Windows 10, but should launch just fine in Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. I have not tested them in Windows XP, so your mileage in XP may vary. Microsoft's .Net 2.0 Framework is the minimum requirement. "Can I install Mini Windows 10 as my main OS?" No, it doesn't work like that. It's a WinPE image (Windows Pre-install Environment) that runs in memory. It's primary use is to troubleshoot a troublesome PC. "Is it free?" Absolutely. I will never charge money for MediCat, or accept donations. However, fell free to share your ideas, questions, and concerns in this thread. That's how you can give back. "How often will this be updated?" All included ISOs on the DVD image will be updated to their latest versions, shortly following each release of Lubuntu every 6 months (April and October). The links here will always be the latest version. The PortableApps are easily updatable by the user, once they have been 'burned' to USB. "My computer won't boot from USB, what's up?" Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from a USB drive first. If using a PC with an EFI, try disabling Secure Boot, and enable legacy/CSM booting if the option is there. Alternatively, there's usually an F-key Boot Menu you can bring up during POST. (Mine is F9, yours may be F2, F10, F12, etc.) "If anyone can make these bootable USB sticks, what makes yours so special?" Nothing, really. Just simplicity, and convenience on my part. Everything is subjective to opinion of usefulness. My software suite may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if it helps you in the field, yay!