ERD Commander – Free Trial from Microsoft

ERD Commander is a very useful tool that Microsoft acquired with it’s purchase of Winternals. It’s especially useful for computers that aren’t able to boot into Windows, or even safe mode. ERD (Emergency Repair Disk) allows access to Windows restore points, file recovery, crash analysis, hotfix uninstall, and other low level operating system tasks, all in a very familiar Windows interface. It also provides network and internet access, as well as a web browser.

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The full version is intended for IT professionals, and is available only as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance customers. However, you can download a free-trial as part of the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset. After downloading this toolset, install it to find an ISO file containing ERD Commander:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset\erd50.iso

An ISO is a special file that when burned to a CD can create a bootable CD. Windows doesn’t support ISO burning without third-party software. ISO Recorder is a very simple, and free program for creating CDs from ISOs. After you’ve burned the CD from the ISO, simply boot the system from the CD you just created to start ERD Commander. If your system doesn’t boot from the CD, you might have to change the BIOS boot settings (boot order).

A couple of caveats. The trial version of ERD Commander is ERD Commander 2005. The latest version (currently ERD 6.0) is only shipping with the Desktop Optimization Pack. While version 6.0 is Vista compatible, 2005 is not (compatible with Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Server 2003). The  trial period is 30 days. Next time you’re faced with an unbootable Windows XP system, give ERD Commander a try.

  • Prashant

    Looks awesome gonna check this out for sure. Great tool.

    • Mandela Edison

      Could you send ERD Commander 2010/     for2011

  • Prashant

    Looks awesome gonna check this out for sure. Great tool.

  • http://fhdtyn spas

    gracia

  • chandra mohan

    good

  • chandra mohan

    good

  • astarot_reload

    Ups, Microsoft's links on the download page are unavailable right now. Probably this offer expired already

  • astarot_reload

    Ups, Microsoft's links on the download page are unavailable right now. Probably this offer expired already

  • blinky114

    as astarot said, Link Dead

  • blinky114

    as astarot said, Link Dead

  • http://www.geekstogo.com Blair

    I received confirmation that Microsoft did pull the trial as it was for a really old version. An updated Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack has shipped, but as yet there is no ERD trial available. We'll be sure to post a link if the trial is again made available.

    MDOP: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/technologies/mdop.aspx

  • http://www.geekstogo.com Blair

    I received confirmation that Microsoft did pull the trial as it was for a really old version. An updated Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack has shipped, but as yet there is no ERD trial available. We'll be sure to post a link if the trial is again made available.

    MDOP: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/technologies/mdop.aspx

  • http://rediffmail.com sumit

    need it badly

  • http://rediffmail.com sumit

    need it badly

  • dr6289

    ....^^

  • dr6289

    ....^^

  • Lyndon

    this is great

  • Lyndon

    this is great

  • Lyndon

    thanks for this

  • Lyndon

    thanks for this

  • seiha

    Good tool

  • seiha

    Good tool

  • balakrishna

    this is the wonder full site that i never entet and it is very use ful

  • balakrishna

    this is the wonder full site that i never entet and it is very use ful

  • Rudi

    I hope this works coz i cant find erd commander anywhere!!!

  • Rudi

    I hope this works coz i cant find erd commander anywhere!!!

  • kmonk

    bartpe anyone?

    *cough*

  • kmonk

    bartpe anyone?

    *cough*

  • RAHUL

    nothing

  • RAHUL

    nothing

  • http://na akhilesh rana

    i want to try this software because there is problem in my hardisk which that is why i want to use it if it is working well then i will buy this software

  • Losiabaar

    Do you know whitch is the latest version of erd commander and if its work with server 2008??
    I need a link to buye it asap.

    Thanks.

  • Losiabaar

    Do you know whitch is the latest version of erd commander and if its work with server 2008??
    I need a link to buye it asap.

    Thanks.

  • Daniel

    I love the erd software it has been a miracle worker for me.
    I cant wait to get the new 09 version!!

  • Daniel

    I love the erd software it has been a miracle worker for me.
    I cant wait to get the new 09 version!!

  • Don Gilcrease

    The link for the free download is dead, so if anyone finds where to download an actual latest version of ERD Commander, please email me the URL at [email removed].

    You can tell if it is a late version by using Winrar to extract the ISO file, and then view the files from the ISO using the details setting. If any of those files (NOT folders)are dated as having been created in 2008 or 2009 - 2009 preferably, then email me. If they are dated 2008 or 2009, that is the version year you have, respectively.

    Then to help others, put a comment with the new URL here 8-)

  • Don Gilcrease

    The link for the free download is dead, so if anyone finds where to download an actual latest version of ERD Commander, please email me the URL at [email removed].

    You can tell if it is a late version by using Winrar to extract the ISO file, and then view the files from the ISO using the details setting. If any of those files (NOT folders)are dated as having been created in 2008 or 2009 - 2009 preferably, then email me. If they are dated 2008 or 2009, that is the version year you have, respectively.

    Then to help others, put a comment with the new URL here 8-)

  • Amit Ruhela

    ERD wonderful.I never forget it.

  • Amit Ruhela

    ERD wonderful.I never forget it.

  • http://jade.bessa@hotmail.com junior

    preciso do programa

  • http://jade.bessa@hotmail.com junior

    ola

  • gols

    mmm...useful info

  • gols

    mmm...useful info

  • http://- Sanyam

    This Is use for my pc

  • http://www.google.com deepak mehta

    i have reqierment erd commader

  • http://www.google.com deepak mehta

    i have reqierment erd commader

  • http://Geekstogo.com Tal

    thank you for the program but where is the download link??

  • http://Geekstogo.com Tal

    thank you for the program but where is the download link??

  • http://govind.com govind

    thank you for the program but where is the download

  • http://govind.com govind

    thank you for the program but where is the download

  • alain

    thx 4 the program to me but where is the soft

  • alain

    thx 4 the program to me but where is the soft

  • PR Kasperek

    Anyone have a copy of ERD Commander?

  • PR Kasperek

    Anyone have a copy of ERD Commander?

  • sherajul

    i was wondering if u could hlpe me with my problem, i am having problem with erd commander when i start erd commander and try to reset my password it says LOCKSMITH "tools require a supported offline OS" i am using drt 6.5 and erd commander 2010

    is there any way u could help me with this problem

  • sherajul

    i was wondering if u could hlpe me with my problem, i am having problem with erd commander when i start erd commander and try to reset my password it says LOCKSMITH "tools require a supported offline OS" i am using drt 6.5 and erd commander 2010

    is there any way u could help me with this problem

  • sherajul

    well i do

  • sherajul

    well i do

  • Daniel

    I reccomend you find an older version of Erd Commander if your having problems with this version.

  • Daniel

    I reccomend you find an older version of Erd Commander if your having problems with this version.

  • Sab

    CAn some one plz send me a link from where i can download ERD,...i guess Microsoft removed it from teir site?

    • Kemojeleopadile

      I am also looking for that link pliz help me if you can it. which vision do you need maybe I have?

  • Sab

    CAn some one plz send me a link from where i can download ERD,...i guess Microsoft removed it from teir site?

  • Steve

    DOES THIS WORK FOR SERVER 2008!!! :-) I just got hired at my new job and no one has any passwords to the server.

  • Steve

    DOES THIS WORK FOR SERVER 2008!!! :-) I just got hired at my new job and no one has any passwords to the server.

  • Clarence

    For those looking for the most current version, note the following info:

    MDOP is also available for test and evaluation for MSDN* and TechNet** subscribers in accordance with MSDN and TechNet agreements. For evaluation, MDOP 2010 Refresh can be downloaded from MSDN and TechNet http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?PV=42:178

    Seems that in order to get an eval, you must meet the above stated requirements.

  • Clarence

    For those looking for the most current version, note the following info:

    MDOP is also available for test and evaluation for MSDN* and TechNet** subscribers in accordance with MSDN and TechNet agreements. For evaluation, MDOP 2010 Refresh can be downloaded from MSDN and TechNet http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?PV=42:178

    Seems that in order to get an eval, you must meet the above stated requirements.

  • Bas_al

    than you for you comment

  • S9800

    thans

  • usmcdad

    how can you get around an operating system that is encrypted?

  • http://renovation-socrates.fr socrates

    nice

  • Kuldeep23feb

    lz provide the link of win7 & vista

  • Shivanand

    It Would Be Kind Enough If You Put The Link To Download ERD