ERD Commander 2010 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).

Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (MSDaRT ) 5.0 (for XP), 6.0 for Vista, and 6.5 for Windows 7 is a complete suite of powerful and versatile tools released by Microsoft (formerly Winternals) that allows you to repair unbootable or locked-out systems, restore lost data, and diagnose system and network issues while the system is safely offline.

An overview of MSDaRT is here and MDOP brochure is here

In order to obtain the latest versions of ERD Commander, you need access to Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) which contains MSDaRT.

ERD Commander is a very powerful tool. It comes in the form of an ISO file which is burned to a CD which is a diagnostic and recovery boot disk for Windows 7 and Vista. 

Unfortunately, although ERD60 and ERD65 for Vista and Windows 7 for 32bit and 64 bit systems exist, Microsoft has not released any retail or trial download versions:

ERD Commander 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012:

erd commander versions

  • ERD60 x86 for Vista 32 bit (no trial or retail version)
  • ERD60 x64 for Vista 64 bit (no trial or retail version)
  • ERD65 x86 for Windows 7 32 bit (no trial or retail version)
  • ERD65 x64 for Windows 7 64 bit (no trial or retail version)

More info can he found here and here

If you search Google for Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset MSDaRT the top two links take you to Microsoft, but most of the rest of the links are to torrent sites for illegal downloads of ERD Commander Torrents:

 MSDArt Search

Downloading from non-legal (such as below) sites is not recommended

 msdart torrent


Using ERD Commander 2010 for Vista and Windows 7

Instructional Videos from Microsoft for using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (MsDaRT)

Step-by-Step Tutorials:

Using ERD50 (ERD Commander 2007 – XP version) With Vista and Windows 7

You can perform some tasks using ERD50 on Vista and Windows 7 systems

Partial Functionality

With 32Bit systems you should be able to attach to the installation, and use Locksmith (to reset Windows passwords) and use Windows Explorer to move files onto a USB memory key or external hard drive (see here). However attaching to Vista or Windows 7 installations wipes out any System Restore points, so this should be done with caution.

When under partial functionality these features do NOT work:

  • Computer Management 
  • Hotfix Uninstall 
  • SFC Scan 
  • PC Backup Restore 
  • System Restore 
  • Crash Analyzer 
  • TCP/IP Config 
  • Services and Drivers (ERD50 only)

When under partial functionality these features DO generally work (no guarantees though):

  • Locksmith 
  • Memory Diagnostic 
  • Command Prompt 
  • Registry Editor 
  • File Restore 
  • Disk Commander 
  • Disk Wipe 
  • Windows Explorer 
  • File Search 
  • Standalone System Sweeper 
  • Autoruns (ERD50 only) 
  • File Sharing (ERD50 only)

With 64bit Windows 7 and Vista systems it will not be possible to attach to the installation, but it should still be possible to boot your PC or laptop by not attaching to the installation. You can then use Windows Explorer for Data Recovery – to move files onto a USB memory key or external hard drive, (see here) but none of the other ERD Commander tools will work.

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Starting a computer with the ERD Commander for Vista or Windows 7


9 Responses to ERD Commander 2010 for Vista and Windows 7

  1. chaitanya March 11, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    i have download erd 6.0 from torrents is it work for vista live business for changing user or admin password.

  2. Alan March 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    You can use Locksmith to reset the password – see this article Using ERD Commander Locksmith to Windows Change Account Passwords

  3. Smatik June 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Is there any trick to “RECOVER” password??? I dont want to reset password or clear it ..i just want back my administrative password of windows 7

  4. Alan June 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Try using the Ophcrack Live CD – link is given in this article You download the ISO file, burn it to CD and boot your system from the CD. If your password is not too complex, Ophcrack should reveal it in a matter of minutes. It is Open-Source software, so there is nothing to pay. I used it myself and was impressed at its speed and effectiveness

  5. amadoo October 2, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    for repair my computer

  6. stem168 March 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Now there is a new boot disk ERD Commander 2013 with the help of which you can further restore Windows 8

    Read more about the ERD Commander 2013 for Windows 8 you can here

  7. asd April 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm #


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