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What is new in this release:
Version 5.1.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
What is new in version 5.1.0:
Version 5.1.0 includes new local logging directory option. Installer now uses SHA-256 code signing (over SHA-1). Since version 4, there have radical new features, including a command line utility and support for booting with Windows PE. New UI languages, including Spanish and German.
What is new in version 5.0.9:
Version 5.0.9 has updates for Spanish language and installer. Since version 4, there have radical new features, including a command line utility and support for booting with Windows PE. New UI languages, including Spanish and German.
What is new in version 5.0.7:
Radical update since version 4, with new features including command line utility and support for booting with Windows PE. New UI languages, including Spanish and German. Ready for Windows 10.
What is new in version 4.0.3:
Version 4.0.3: Code base transitioned to pure 64-bit. Support for Windows XP and 32-bit variants ends with this release. Option added to wipe the recycler contents with admin (elevated) privileges.