Restore Your Computer

If your computer has recently encountered a disastrous failure, a system restore could be the trick you need. There are several options you might be able to choose from.

In Windows, “system restore” works by making backups of your computer’s settings at regular intervals. When disaster strikes, you can go backward to a day when you know the computer was working well. Doing a system restore only restores your computers’ settings. All of your personal data stays put, and is not affected. To invoke system restore, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. You will see a calendar of system restore dates to choose from. Pick a date that you know is well before the system crash, and pull the trigger!

Another option for some is a “Full Recovery”. Many computer manufacturers like Dell, HP and others include a partition on your hard drive called “Recovery” or something similar. This “recovery” partition includes your operating system and all the software needed to bring your computer back to the way it was when you opened the box. Depending on the make and model, there is usually a “function” key to press while rebooting your computer (for instance F11 or F9). Pressing one of these keys while rebooting takes you into what’s called a “Recovery Console” that will guide you through the restoration. BE WARNED: this option wipes all of your personal data, programs, settings and customizations. If you can, backup any data before doing a restoration.

Most manufacturers allow you to create what’s called a “recovery disk” that places all of this recovery partition information on a DVD. Having this info on a disk makes the recovery process a bit easier. Windows 7 also has it’s own native utility for creating a disaster recovery disk. Accessing this utility is something that everyone should do as soon as they get their new computer configured and customized the way they want it. It will save you much grief in the future.

Finally, you can sometimes repair a corrupted operating system by inserting your original operating system CD and performing a reboot. The CD contains special utilities that can help you get things running smooth again. It depends on whether you use XP, Vista or 7, but generally you will see screen prompts that you will follow. This option is a bit of a gamble and typically requires a knowledgeable tech support professional to navigate.

Please give us a call if you’re experiencing a system crash and need to restore or recovery your PC. We can walk you through the necessary steps to get your computer back on its feet!

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