D7 – The Ultimate Technician Tool Every Tech Should Have!

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We all have our little USB toolkits, our ‘ultimate’ CD’s, our repair disks and other related repair tools. Most of us like to have a comprehensive list, a solution for every possible problem we could encounter in the field, to the extent of carrying around drivers for common hardware in the rare case there is no reliable internet connection near the client. The issue with having a comprehensive set of tools often means you have to search through your tools for the one you need, and once you’ve located it, run it, and then search for the tool you need to use next.

You may have a routine you would like to automate, but instead you sit there at the computer and babysit the mouse, clicking once every 5 to 15 minutes to close something, affirm something, or perform some other menial task. While automation is a partial solution, there is a much better solution that has been available for about a year in the tech sector, about which there have been some recent improved developments. It’s been mentioned on Technibble and Podnutz before, but it deserves full coverage.

Enter D7, the ultimate technician tool, from Foolish IT, LLC. What is D7, and what does it do? Perhaps a better question would be: What doesn’t it do? It has everything from ‘one-click’ malware removal automation, Windows repair and maintenance, backup, restoration, and migration of data, as well as a slew of system tools, shortcuts to commonly used tweaks and configurations in Windows, and much more! It can keep your tools updated, yet is fully portable. Yes, you can put it on your UBCD4WIN drive and run it from there.

A note of caution is in order, however. This is not a tool designed for consumer use. This is strictly for Tech use. The rest of the tools in your kit might be hacksaws, maybe even circular saws. D7 is the V8 chainsaw of the Tech world. It can do a lot of damage if you don’t know what you’re doing with it, and that is why you can password protect it when you leave the client’s computer, so that they don’t inadvertently find it and toy around with it when you leave, requiring you to return and repair the havoc they might have caused.

Seriously, though, what does it do? The official web site (www.foolishit.com) has some good info on how to use it and configure it if you’re new to the tool, but for starters, it offers offline and live malware removal assistance through internal tools as well as third party tools you can customize yourself. It will automatically download and extract those tools when they are missing, and you can configure it to update your tools with the use of Ketarin. It’s a registry editor with a mass search and delete feature.

It’s a data migration tool, with backup and restore features as well. It’s a networking swiss knife tool, with handy shortcuts to commonly used components in Windows that we use often, but tire of locating the long way through the Windows OS. Command line tools are condensed into ‘one-click’ executions, so you can forget needing to remember all those executable names and extensions. It also includes password removal features, and is more or less the equivalent of a virtual locksmith.

Let’s take a look at version 6.7, the last ‘free’ D7 version. (I’ll discuss more about this later, this has to do with the recent developments regarding D7.) On the left side, you’ll see the tabs you can click on, such as Reports, where you’ll find info reports, malware logs, and can perform screen captures and access them. On the Customize/Install tab, you can change host files, update third party apps, and work with dSupport. The Maintenance tab covers everything from Time Zone checks to system cleaning tools such as deletion of temp files, internet files, cookies, history, toolbars, BHO’s, and registry cleaning tools. The Maintenance II tab has many more utilities you can use to test and stress test hardware, check performance, and repair other items such as the Windows Updates feature.

 

The Malware Removal tab covers malware removal assistance, and provides easy ways to recover shortcuts and hidden files after the infection. It includes scanners and methods of fighting malware as well, which you most likely wouldn’t find all in one place like this anywhere else. The Windows Repair tab has a plethora of repair tools for nearly everything you could want, from repairing the firewall, checking system files, using MS FixIt, clearing print spoolers, and much more. The tweaks tab is handy for tweaking features within Windows. Datagrab is your backup tab, and it has some extremely useful features as well. DataRestore is where you work on the restoration of data, and is fairly self-explanatory. DataMigrate is again, self-explanatory, and allows you to migrate user settings, mail settings, and search for specific files with specific extensions, in case they are hidden on the drive.

 

Offline Ops can find keys, restore settings after malware removal, and perform other tasks as well. The Config tab sets up the customized options, Updates and Sync updates your third party tools, and syncs your D7 configuration to a centralized location, and keeps all your D7 drives in sync. All in all, a major comprehensive computer repair utility, and best of all, it’s completely free! If you’ve never used it before, go check it out. Once you’ve downloaded it, simply mouse around inside the GUI, nearly everything has a tooltip that shows up in the bottom of the GUI that describes what it does. The best part of it all is that you can automate nearly every routine of tasks you want to perform!

Regarding the recent developments, as of July 30th, 2012, Foolish IT, LLC is partnering with RepairTech, Inc, to create a new revolutionary tech product, combining TechUSB with D7 to create TechUSB Pro. For those serious about computer tech and the repair business, this is a tool you need in your toolkit. It will be a premium product, brandable with your own company name and logo, and include premium features such as uploading D7 logs to your TechUSB Portal online. D7 6.7 is still free to use, although it has some ‘nag screens’ when you try to perform certain tasks. As far as I know, previous versions (with less features) don’t include those nag screens, but if you see this tool being useful in your company, you won’t regret the small price for the usage of the premium version. The company branding feature is sure to impress your clients as well.

In summary, D7 is one of those tools you just shouldn’t be without. Remember to protect the client from locating it and toying with it on their own, and you shouldn’t have any problems. Use it wisely, and you will probably wonder how you ever got along without it!



Micah Lahren

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Micah Lahren
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Micah has been involved in the computer tech and repair sector since 2000, although he's been tinkering with computers since he was 6, eventually turning it into a career. His experience covers a wide spectrum of the tech industry, including computer repair, front-end development, web design, web server administration, WIMAX networking and installation, and more.

Comments (11)

  • CompRx says:

    So good it makes bacon seem pale in comparison!

  • Gre4CS says:

    Well worth the cost! Highly recommended for anyone in the computer service / support business.

  • nullity says:

    Very nice tool, but I wish it had a help file that told in great detail what each option did. This tool automates a process, but to what standard? I don’t presume that my standard is any better, but it would be nice to see a play by play of the commands issued by each check box in the application. Users could either learn from it or contribute to it if only they knew precisely what it does. Personally, I have some fear of applications like this because they pave the way to an idiocracy future (watch the movie ‘Idiocracy’ and note the hospital’s diagnostic systems and procedures if you don’t get the reference).

    FoolishIT is a standup guy and excellent technician, and I fully trust his most excellent D7 product. As a tinkerer, however, I just want to know how it works. A button that says “Repair Lots of Stuff” just begs to be pushed, but knowing what that button actually does would be of tremendous value.

    • Nick aka Foolish Tech says:

      Duly noted on the feature explanations :) I’ll try to update my online manual with more content regarding this.

      Thanks!

  • Roger says:

    Having been in the computer industry for many years I was pleasantly surprised when I was recommended to try D7, what a bit of luck I tried it, I liked it so I bought it.This is the best value bit of kit for any technician to buy.Highly recommended.

  • Cadishead computers says:

    One of the best program’s ever made for the IT sector. Not only that, but it’s made by one of our own.

    D7 saves me literally hours at a time, on multiple machines.

    Nick listens, and upgrades are literally on a daily basis. Any problems he’s there to help. Any. Ideas, they will be implemented.

  • Trusted IT Solutions says:

    A must have for any tech looking to streamline their repair process. Nick is forever improving the tool and taking suggestions from his fellows.

  • JustInspired says:

    Best purchase we’ve made this year! Thanks Nick

  • At Home Computer Solutions says:

    I purchased D7 about 6 months ago. As I was playing around with the free version my wife would hear me squeal every few minutes as I found something that made certain tasks drastically faster. Since I purchased the paid version, I haven’t ever fixed a computer without it.

    My favorite feature? Right after booting the application, it helps you quickly assess the health of the computer with automated alerts on the right hand side. If the computer is low on RAM, it will let you know with a red alert. Not only that but clicking on the alert launches a Crucial application to immediately help you determine what RAM is compatible.

    Automatically disabling UAC and showing hidden files on D7’s boot (and reverting to their original settings on closure) is another awesome feature.

    It will tell you if the system has multiple Antivirus solutions, or none installed at all. It’ll tell you how old the windows installation is. (Handy for those XP installs that are 9 years old.

    And that is the TIP of the iceberg.

  • Eike Heinze says:

    Well, well, I don’t think so.

    The first time I fell for the wrong thing based on a recommendation on Technibble.

    I downloaded D7 from the link in the article, made a folder in Program Files (x86) and unzipped everything into that folder. Then I made a Shortcut to start D7.exe from.

    My system had an issue with Windows Update; the same 8 updates were failing without any error code and WU was iterating on these 8 updates. Everything else was in good working order on my Win7 pro 64-bit system.

    I started D7 and executed the function to reset (?) Windows Update.

    From that moment on every starting any program takes one minute and the Internet connection was s-l-o-w. D7 did not want to close, Firefox was hanging an the D7 page and did not close so I finally forced the shutdown.

    After the restart things so far seems to be back to normal but I have not yet tried Windows Update. We will see. Well, while I typed the next paragraph Windows Update found and installed FIVE security updates; five updates around the end of the month? Anyway, I have to reboot now.

    Another thing: The Technibble article links to a different web site than foolishit. Foolishit.com advertises version 6.7 and that is what I have. It immediately tells that version 7.4.?? is available – and that I have to buy it. Ha Ha!

    Richer by one bad experience. Live and learn.