Getting Started with EBCD

Before getting started, please download EBCD demo or buy full version.


1. Burning CD

1.1. Burning with Windows

If you use Windows 7 or later version, then you can rely on builtin OS tool to burn ISO image files, in particular EBCD.

Download Emergency Boot CD, then press Windows logo key + E to open Explorer. Navigate to Downloads folder:

Find recently downloaded file and left-click it:

Downloaded file is an archive, which contains ebcd-1.4m-demo.iso disc image.

Right-click that disc image and choose "Copy" in the pop-up menu. When done, go back to Downloads folder:

In the Downloads folder, right-click over some empty space and choose "Paste" from the pop-up menu:

When ebcd-1.4m-demo.iso appears in the Download folder, right click it and choose "Burn disc image" in the pop-up menu:

Insert disc media you're going to burn, usually DVD+RW.
Then enable "Verify disc after burning" option and click "Burn" button:

Wait until process completion and then click "Close":

1.2. Burning with FreeIsoBurner

FreeIsoBurner is a freeware tool which makes sense if your OS does not have builtin CD burning capability (for example, Windows XP). Latest version can be downloaded from (here is a local copy).

Extract downloaded ISO file from ZIP archive as explained above, then run FreeIsoBurner. Click "Open" button and choose location of the file ebcd-1.4m-demo.iso

Insert disc media you're going to burn, usually DVD+RW. Then choose proper disc recorder if you have multiple ones and press "Burn" button:

1.3. Booting from USB

You can boot Emergency Boot CD from USB thumbdrive. This is for netbooks and other computers without CD/DVD drive. Conversion of Emergency Boot CD to USB thumbdrive is carried out by our another product called FlashBoot.

FlashBoot is a shareware for 24.95 EUR, but demo version will suffice for testing and one-time usage: How to convert Emergency Boot CD to bootable USB thumbdrive with FlashBoot.

2. Setting up BIOS

Generic procedure is as follows:
  1. Start with your computer turned off.

  2. Turn on the computer. As it starts it should display an option to enter the system set up menu, or BIOS, commonly reached by keys like DELETE, F1, F2, F10, F12 or Alt+S. Use whichever keystroke is indicated on screen. In some cases your computer may display a graphic while it starts. Typically, pressing Esc will dismiss the graphic and allow you to see the necessary messages.

  3. Find the setting that controls which devices the system boots from. This is usually labeled as the "Boot Order" and commonly shown as a list of devices, such as Floppy, CD-ROM, First Hard Disk, and so on.

    Make sure that CD-ROM is selected as a first priority boot device. Make the change, then save and exit. (In case of doubt, you should consult the manual that came with your computer, and/or its motherboard.) The computer should now restart.

Some computers have option to boot once from CD-ROM/HDD/Floppy/USB device. Keep tapping the F8 button at boot time and then choose to boot from CD-ROM when boot menu comes up.

The rest of this section contains detailed description of this procedure for different motherboard and BIOS vendors.

2.1. Setting up AMI BIOS

AMI BIOS usually requires you to press DEL key to enter setup

Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: set first boot device to CDROM and second boot device to HARD DRIVE. Now you can press F10 to save settings.

2.2. Setting up Award BIOS

On Award Bios you will see something like this screen. Press a key required to enter BIOS setup:

Now choose Advanced Bios Features

and set First Boot Device to CDROM and Second or third to HDD-0 and Press F10 to save it.

2.3. Setting up Dell BIOS

On some Dell Systems you can enter BIOS by pressing F2

Now choose Boot Sequence and then assign CD-ROM to first position by pressing and + and press space to enable it (when enabled, it is marked by asterisk *). Press ESC and choose "save settings and exit".

On some Dell Systems you can press F12 to boot from CD one time.

2.4. Setting up Phoenix BIOS

Press F2 to enter BIOS setup:

and set Boot Sequence to A,CDROM,C. Then press Esc and F10 to save it.

3. Troubleshooting

Sometimes EBCD does not boot because it was burned incorrectly.

To verify that EBCD is burned correctly, press Windows logo key + E to open Explorer, then right click on your DVD drive and choose "Open" from the popup menu:

File list opens, where you should see boot and help folders; as well as autorun (or autorun.inf) file:

If you see something else, for example, single file ebcd-1.4m-demo.iso, like this:

then you have burned CD incorrectly and you should retry using this step-by-step instruction.