BestCrypt Volume Encryption is provided with a variety of ways to recover encrypted computers. After encrypting boot/system volumes, the program recommends to save a rescue file or create a rescue bootable disk. With the help of a rescue bootable disk, encrypted boot/system volumes on the computer can be decrypted in case of emergency, such as if the computer will not boot. Yet this solution is not always the best option. In some situations it might be more convenient to boot the computer with a bootable Windows Live CD, and then access encrypted volumes to solve problems without decrypting the computer. This article explains how to create a Windows Live CD with the BestCrypt Volume Encryption plugin (BCVE plugin), so that encrypted disk volumes can be mounted after booting the computer with the Live CD.
Requirements to Create a Windows Bootable CD with the BCVE Plugin
Program to create ISO image file of the CD.
You will burn the CD from this file and then boot your computer with the CD. In this article we will use the WinBuilder program to create the ISO image file.
Windows installation disk.
WinBuilder utilizes files from the disk to create a Windows Bootable CD. A Windows 7 installation disk is used here as an example.
BCVE plugin files.
WinBuilder will include the files in the Bootable CD. The files will be used to get BestCrypt Volume Encryption software in the Windows environment that loads after booting the computer with the Bootable CD.
WinBuilder in more detail
WinBuilder is a free application designed to create and customize boot disks based on MS Windows. More information can be found on the WinBuilder project site.
The interesting point about WinBuilder is that it allows incorporating third party programs (for example, BestCrypt Volume Encryption) to the bootable CD it creates. In terms of WinBuilder the scripts (or command files) that add this functionality are called ‘app scripts’, and they can be placed inside a WinBuilder project.
Creating a Windows Bootable CD with the BCVE plugin
- Download and install WinBuilder.
- Choose a project to build a Windows Bootable CD as shown in Image 1:
Image 1: WinBuilder start window
- On the right pane of WinBuilder, select the project and click 'Download' on the left pane. Every project is a set of commands in a text file that instruct WinBuilder how to assemble a bootable CD based on a Windows installation disk. In this article we are using a Windows 7 installation disk, so we choose the Win7PE_SE project (win7pe.winbuilder.net/se). The project may also be downloaded separately. Some projects already have WinBuilder inside their archive, so you would only need to download and extract the project and the WinBuilder.exe file.
- In WinBuilder click Source to enter the path to your Windows installation CD.
- The BCVE plugin should now be added to the main project. Download the BCVE plugin. The archive contains an empty 'files' folder and the bcve.script file. Create a sub-folder titled BCVE in the Apps folder of WinBuilder. For example, if WinBuilder is installed in
C:\WinBuilder\, you should extract files from bcve_winbuilder.zip to
- Copy BestCrypt Volume Encryption files from the computer where it is installed (for example, the installed files may be in C:\Program Files\Jetico\BestCrypt Volume Encryption) to the folder in your WinBuilder BCVE\files sub-folder:
- Now you have WinBuilder with the BCVE plugin. If the BCVE plugin subfolder did not appear in the Apps directory, please restart the WinBuilder window.
Image 2: WinBuilder with Win7PE_SE project and the BCVE plugin
- Follow further WinBuilder instructions to prepare an ISO image file of the CD.
- Burn the ISO image file to a CD and boot the computer with the Windows Bootable CD. Make sure that the CD is the first boot device on your machine. When booting from CD, you will load the following Windows-like environment:
Image 3: Windows PE with BCVE
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