Where to get MDOP / MSDaRT / ERD Commander 2011 for Vista and Windows 7
The latest versions of ERD Commander for Vista and Windows 7 are contained in The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (MSDaRT ) which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).
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In order to obtain the latest versions of ERD Commander, you need access to
Full Versions of MDOP are available to Microsoft Volume Licensing customers who acquire a Software Assurance subscription license. More details are here. Subscribers can download MDOP through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS).
According to the Technet MDOP Blog, evaluation versions of the MDOP software (with no time or feature limitations) are available to:
- MSDN Subscribers – MDOP ERD Commander download available through the MSDN Subscription site – Subscriptions start at $699
- TechNet Standard Subscribers – MDOP ERD Commander download through the TechNet Subscription site – TechNet Standard Subscription is $199
- A $199 TechNet Standard Subscription – gives you access to a whole range of full-version Microsoft software to download for evaluation – including MDOP / MSDaRT / ERD Commander – with no time or feature limitations.
TechNet Subscription Standard – The ultimate resource for IT professionals working in a desktop environment – is a subscription tailored to help IT professionals evaluate, test, and troubleshoot Microsoft software for desktop environments. TechNet Subscription Standard is a 12-month subscription for IT professionals who need access to full-version Microsoft software for evaluation, with no time or feature limitations. (quoted here)
Unofficial Download Sources
Microsoft have made it difficult to get hold of ERD Commander for Vista and Windows 7. ERD Commander was orginally available as ERD Commander 2003 – part of the Winternals Admin Pack. But since Winternals was bought by Microsoft in 2006, ERD Commander is no longer an over-the-counter product available to the general public. However, it is clear that there is enormous persisting interest in MSDaRT and ERD Commander.
thepc.tech has download links to the MSDart 7 and 6.5. These appear to work well.
Many other unofficial versions are can be found on torrent sites like the Pirate Bay.
Downloading from these sources (such as below) is not recommended