1. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    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!
    USB bootable using ImageUSB.
    Supports Legacy BIOS (CSM) and UEFI
    Now has a page on http://alternativeto.net/software/medicat-dvd/
    Gluten-free, non-GMO, gender neutral, and no trans-fats!



    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 project 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. MediCat USB is made with modern 64-bit computers in mind.

    Click the Google Drive or MEGA buttons below for the
    download directory, or the MAGNET button for the Magnet Link:


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    Magnet link:

    magnet:?xt=urn:btih:0A44AECF018A576EADE1C5D1EF522A0AEAD6613F



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    Please Follow these steps to help you make a bootable USB stick successfully:

    First thing to do is disable any "Real-Time Scanning" in your antivirus apps, including Windows Defender!!!
    (Otherwise you will have apps get deleted from your USB drive during creation, and things won't work properly.)

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    Open a command terminal and type in:

    Code:
    sudo dd status=progress ibs=512 obs=4096 if=/path/to/medicat.20.06.bin of=/dev/sdx
    (With /dev/sdx being your USB flash drive)

    Screenshots:

    Main Menu.png Lubuntu 20.04.png Mini Win 0 Desktop.png PortableApps Menu.png

    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

    Snappy Driver Installer

    Lubuntu


    Gparted

    PortableApps

    Giving Center / Computers with Causes

    Can I run the PortableApps on my current PC without booting up MediCat?"

    Yes, just mount the MediCat 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.

    "How do I make this for a 32GB USB stick?"

    -Install Ventoy to the drive.
    -Open Medicat's .bin file with 7-zip
    -Extract the ISOs you want.
    -Extract all of the EFI files from the EFI partition.
    -Put the ISO files you chose onto the FAT partition of your stick.
    -Open MiniTool Partition Wizard (or Windows Disk Manager) and give the EFI partition of your stick a drive letter.
    -Then overwrite all the stick's EFI files with the extracted MediCat ones.
    -Removing the drive letter of the EFI partition afterwards is completely optional, and doesn't affect the functionality of the drive in any way.

    "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! :D

    "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, feel 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 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.

    "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!
     
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  2. Luckkill4u

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    Something like this would be extremely useful at times. I have a Linux live boot cd and my windows 8 cd to fix any of my pc issues for now but MediCat looks pretty promising for having all your system and diagnostic tools in one suite. I will be waiting for your release!
     
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  3. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Thank you, I'll be adding the Windows 7 and 8 recovery discs if I can make enough room to fit on a 4.3GB DVD-R. I believe that will round-out the package nicely.
     
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  5. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Sort of, but Hiren's BootCD is severely outdated, and I almost included it in my release. But the other tools on my DVD already do what Hiren's CD does, are more up to date, and easier to use... So it just seemed redundant.

    Updated the screenshots in the OP for the final v03.2014 release.

    Download link is active. :D
     
  6. osirisjem

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    The torrent has no Peers :)
     
  7. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Thank you for letting me know, I had the incorrect download link up. I fixed it, you can now download the ISO directly from my Mediafire.
     
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    If you throw me the torrent link, I'll pop it on my dedicated and give it a nice long super seed.

    Also, mediafire link doesn't work.
     
  9. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    That would be great, I'll re-upload the torrent for you in a little bit, and the mediafire link works for me, it just asks to enter a Captcha code to prevent hotlinking.
     
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    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Removed old link.
     
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    Worked this time ! Downloading pretty fast too.

    medicat.3.04.2014.iso921 KB/s - 125 MB of 4.3 GB, 1 hour left

     
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    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Removed old link.
     
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    Totally gonna download this. ;)
     
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  15. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Thanks mate. :)
     
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    looks great!

    When do you expect a usb compatible version?
     
  17. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    I already have a 16GB usb image done, but it's severely outdated, and I haven't worked on it in over a year. I'm going to try and finish the USB one by the DVD's next release, at the end of May. (v05.2014)
     
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    I'd be down to use this if you added DBAN (last release pre-buyout) and GParted. Oh, and maybe SpinRite. I'd love to just have one disk for it all, and as you've already got a nice think going, might as well add to it instead of building my own.
     
  19. Jayro

    OP Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer
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    Go right ahead and swap out my ISO images with your own as you see fit, sir. :) I have never heard if SpinRite, and PartedMagic is included on my DVD, which includes Gparted, and many more tools with it. Including Gparted would be redundant with PartedMagic already there.

    Oh, and I edited the Linux Mint ISO so that after installing Mint to a harddrive, it won't remove the Gparted application from your system.
     
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