System Recovery

How to recover a Windows system from crashes and malfunctions

How to Identify RAM Problems with Windows Memory Diagnostic

Sometimes, what seems like a problem with one thing is actually caused by another. One source of odd problems in all kinds of computers is misbehaving memory modules. Fortunately, Windows supplies a very useful tool for diagnosing these things, and it may save you a lot of frustration poking around in your computer's insides. The Windows Memory Diagnostic tool works the same way in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Let's get started and see how it works.

5 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

systemAre you struggling to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1? Have you tried pressing both F8 and Shift+F8 and they don't work? That's because a lot has changed with the boot procedure in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The boot has become so fast that it literally cannot be interrupted by any of your keypresses. Here are 5 ways in which you can boot into Safe Mode, that don't involve any special hacks or manual configuration.

How to Turn System Restore On or Off in Windows 7 & Windows 8

restoreWhile having the ability to restore your system from a restore point is one of Windows' most useful features, it may be that some people will want to turn it off for all or part of their partitions. For example, perhaps you have a drive that would not change after a system restore, so omitting it from the restore-point creation process would save some time. Fortunately, turning System Restore off (and back on again if you change your mind) is a simple, direct process.

How to Create a Recovery Drive on a USB Memory Stick in Windows 8 & 8.1

usbBoth Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer a new tool for creating recovery drives on all kinds of devices, from USB flash drives, to external hard disks to partitions on your computer's internal hard disk. This is a big step forward from the manual and error prone procedure you had to go through in Windows 7. In this tutorial I will show how to use the new Recovery Media Creator to create a recovery drive on a USB memory stick.

How to Restore your PC with System Restore, in Windows 7 & Windows 8

restoreIn a recent article we discussed System Restore, what it is and why it is useful. Let's take System Restore to the next level and talk about using it to restore your computer to a previously working state. Why would you want to do this? Sometimes the easiest fix is to go back in time. Let's see how it's done.

How to Create a System Repair Disc for Windows 7 & Windows 8

discDid you know that Windows is able to create a system recovery disc filled with recovery tools that will come in handy when your computer crashes? With the help of the "Create a System Repair Disc" wizard, you can burn a CD or DVD that you can boot from when Windows no longer works well. Here's how to create this disc in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Test a Partition for Errors with Check Disk in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Windows 7 and Windows 8 include a disk error checking utility named Check Disk. It allows you to scan your partitions and see if they have issues with lost sectors, bad sectors or file corruption. Let’s see how to run Check Disk, identify and fix issues with the data stored on your computer’s hard discs.

How to Restore Windows 8 to Its Initial Clean State Using Reset

In previous versions of Windows, the only tools available for restoring Windows to a previous state were System Restore and Windows Backup. Even though they are useful tools, you cannot use them to restore Windows to its initial, clean state. You have to perform a manual reinstallation of the operating system. And that is a bit of a pain. Windows 8 introduces a great new feature named Restore. With the Restore wizard, you can easily restore Windows 8 to its default clean state, as if you were performing a clean reinstallation of the operating system. Let’s see how it works.

How to Backup & Restore Your Windows Phone 7

Now that I have become a Windows Phone user, I’m starting to learn how to deal with certain challenges of this platform. One of the biggest challenges I have encountered so far is: how to make a complete backup of my Windows Phone? I did some research and I could not find any official tools from Microsoft, to help me with this problem. Therefore, the only answer is to use third-party tools and hacks. Luckily, I found a very good tool, named WP7 Easy Backup Tool. Here’s how it works.

How to Make a Bootable USB Drive to Windows, Linux or MS DOS

Recently I was on a road trip, without my trusty collection of CDs and DVDs with system tools. I ended up needing to use my USB memory stick as a bootable device to install Windows 8 on a few computers. But how to create a bootable USB drive, as quickly as possible, without going through many steps and manual customisations? I did some research, tested a few tools and found a great one, which is updated regularly and provides many useful features.