Running SystemRescue CD and Utilities Inside VirtualBox
January 28, 2010
Regardless, VirtualBox is pretty impressive, as it was not only able to boot the SystemRescue CD, but also I was able to use chntpw to edit the password, upgrade user privileges, and edit the registry of a Windows XP Virtual Machine.
If you haven’t ever used it, SystemRescue CD is a lightweight, yet very powerful, Linux Live CD that is based off of Knoppix Linux. I couldn’t tell you how many times it has saved me, both when working with Linux Systems and Windows Systems.
System Rescue CD includes a lot of extremely useful tools, such as cfdisk, gparted, a number of data recovery tools, as well as many other tools and editors. Included among these tools is chntpw, which is an incredibly useful tool for resetting a forgotten windows password. It can also be used to edit the registry and even upgrade a regular account to an administrator account.
I think it is pretty cool and a testament to the power of VirtualBox that it is able to not only boot a Linux Live CD within the Virtual Machine Harddrive, but also mount and use a Windows hard drive, inside of the virtual machine.