When you have problems with your computer, Windows system files may become corrupted or go missing. This might be caused by all kinds of issues like sudden power drops, hardware malfunctions, a hard disk approaching its "death" and so on. If Windows reports that it cannot start because some of its files are corrupted or missing, you should use the System File Checker (SFC) tool in the Command Prompt. You should do the same when Windows starts to Blue Screen on you with weird corruption related errors. SFC scans all the Windows system files on your computer, identifies those that are corrupt or missing and tries to fix the problems it find. Here's how to use it:
How to recover Windows from crashes and malfunctions
You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way like, for example, when your computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can help you troubleshoot and repair things like the master boot record (MBR), the boot sector or the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Here's how it works:
If you created a password reset disk in Windows as soon as you set up your computer or device, can be a lifesaver if you actually manage to forget your password later on. As you will see from this guide, using the Password Reset Wizard is very easy and anyone can reset the Windows password in a matter of seconds. Here's how it works:
The human memory is fantastic. You can encode, store and retrieve information when needed very quickly but, unlike your computer's memory, it is not perfect. It lacks a basic feature: it doesn't have permanent storage. Unfortunately, passwords make no exceptions and you might be in a situation when you don't remember your Windows password. Don't worry, Windows comes to your rescue. If you forget your Windows password, you can use a password reset disk to create a new one, so you don't lose access to your apps and files. Obviously, the password reset disk must be created before you forget the password, otherwise the tool is useless.
System Restore is a great tool that allows you to revert Windows and its settings to a previous state. This is useful when you encounter problems with drivers that destabilize the system or software that malfunctions. However, at times, some of the changes you make may impact your system so badly that you can no longer log into Windows. What can you do in such scenarios? How do you start System Restore and use it to repair your Windows installation? Read this guide and find out:
While 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. Others may want to change how much space it is used for System Store. To help you out, we have created this guide that shares how to configure in detail how System Store works, how much space it uses and how to enable it or disable it for a partition or another.
Do you want to learn about System Restore, what it is and what it does? Also, do you want to know what restore points are and how to create them? The answers to these questions are all shared in this tutorial about using System Restore in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
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.
Are 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.
In this article we're going to talk about Safe Mode in Windows 7. First, we'll discuss what Safe Mode is and how it works. Then we will go over methods of getting in and out of it, in Windows 7.
Both 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.
In 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.