What To Do When Windows Won't Boot

Written by Otis F. Cooper

Continued from page 1

After making your boot disk,recheck "Hide protected operating system files and folders (recommended)" inrepparttar Folder Options dialog box. To userepparttar 107771 disk when Windows XP won't boot,placerepparttar 107772 disk inrepparttar 107773 drive,and unto re-booting,the computer, Windows simply bypassrepparttar 107774 basic boot files onrepparttar 107775 hard drive and continue to boot up.

If The PC Won't Boot Pass Windows

FIRST......If your Operating System is Windows Millennium,turn onrepparttar 107776 computer and immediately press and hold downrepparttar 107777 CTRL key.Oncerepparttar 107778 startup options appear,releaserepparttar 107779 CTRL key. Select Safe Mode and press Enter.You are now in Windows limited version.If you know what caused your computer not to boot,you can now either change or delete that program.

SECOND....Repair your Registry by selecting Start,Run and typing "scanregw /fix" and press enter.This will fix any damage done torepparttar 107780 Registry. You can also restore your registry which replaces your current registry with an earlier copy that was backed up by your computer.Click on Start,Run and type "scanregw /restore and press Enter.

To repair your Windows 98 Registry,hold downrepparttar 107781 CTRL key as you startrepparttar 107782 PC and select "Command Prompt Only".Type "scanreg /fix" and press Enter and "scanreg/restore" to restore a previousely saved copy ofrepparttar 107783 Registry.

If you have Windows XP,press F8 after rebootingrepparttar 107784 PC should Windows freeze while booting up. You can select "Last Known Good Configuration" after rebooting to allowrepparttar 107785 computer to bootrepparttar 107786 last backed up files.And you can choose "Safe Mode" to remove any files you know causedrepparttar 107787 operating system to hang up.

Be prepared when your operating fails to boot. It would be a great idea to go over this article a few times and print it.Make yourself s notebook and place this and all related articles there.

If your computer fails to boot or begins to become unstable,you can refer to these articles to make corrections that are needed.Learn these steps from your television set withrepparttar 107788 PC Super Pack.

Be sure to note any changes you make to your Registry and if you're not sure,its best to find a friend that's pc savvy first.Above all,be certain you back up your registry before making any changes and know how to restore as well.

Otis F. Cooper is solely dedicated to boosting the knowledge and confidence of every computer user that is serious about knowing computers.Use his informative articles and videos to understand every aspect about the PC. Read more about his formula for pc training at http://www.ultimatepcrepair.com and subscribe to the only newsletter with video clips showing you step by step PC repair procedures.

The Hard Disk

Written by Pawan Bangar,Technical Director,Birbals,India.

Continued from page 1

1- First reinstall Windows and then application programs you use. 2- Restore your backups into appropriate files. If you use a Zip drive or a CD-writer, these need to be installed first. 3- Reinstall all drivers forrepparttar printer, modem or other peripherals.

Dorepparttar 107770 defrag

A file on your disk may not be stored all in one place or cluster. For example, if you create a Word document and make changes to it at a later date,repparttar 107771 change may get saved in a different cluster fromrepparttar 107772 original file. The more often you make changes to a file,repparttar 107773 more disorganizedrepparttar 107774 cluster becomes, andrepparttar 107775 disk becomes fragmented. This makesrepparttar 107776 magnetic head that reads and writes data to and fromrepparttar 107777 disk, works harder to retrieverepparttar 107778 entire file. Fragmentation of hard drive reducesrepparttar 107779 storage efficiency and then access time for retrieving information.

The process of defragging helps to rearrangerepparttar 107780 files and unused space on your hard disk so that programs run faster.

Before Defragging, it may be a good idea to check how much of your hard drive is fragmented. You can do this by running ScanDisk. Emptyrepparttar 107781 temp folders and Recycle Bin before defragging.

Windows 95 and Windows 98-: Openrepparttar 107782 Start Menu, choose Programs, choose Accessories, and choose System Tools and click on Disk Defragmenter. You defragging schedule will depend on how much you userepparttar 107783 PC. A good rule ofrepparttar 107784 thumb is to defrag every two weeks. Make sure all your files are closed and then you have turned ofrepparttar 107785 screensaver also.

Spring Cleaning No more hard disk space left? Getting disk error or illegal operations? It may be time to clean up your hard disk. A few spring cleaning pointers to help you out.

1- Toss out unwanted applications-: check out allrepparttar 107786 software applications you have loaded onrepparttar 107787 PC. Deleterepparttar 107788 old applications if you have installed newer versions. Go torepparttar 107789 Control Panelís Add/Remove program option and uninstall those applications you donít need.

2- Run ScanDisk-:repparttar 107790 ScanDisk option in Windows is very useful application which fixes problem like lost clusters, invalid directory entries and physical disk errors. Run ScanDisk once a month.

Go to start, choose Programs, choose Accessories, and choose System Tools and click on ScanDisk. Clickrepparttar 107791 drive that containsrepparttar 107792 folders and files you want to check.

3- Defrag often, once in two weeks.

4- Empty Recycle Bin-: Right-click on Recycle Bin icon onrepparttar 107793 Desktop and choose Empty Recycle Bin fromrepparttar 107794 dropdown menu. 5- Clean out your folders-: do you really need all those download you had undertaken for a past research project or those games you seldom plays? Delete those folders that are not required.

6- Delete .tmp files and create more space on hard disk.

Close all programs. Go to Windows Explorer. Pressrepparttar 107795 key to open find dialog box. Enter *.tmp inrepparttar 107796 box. Make sure that C: Drive is listed inrepparttar 107797 Look-in box. Include subfolders by checking them. When .tmp files appear, delete them.

7- Delete temporary Net files to create more space.

Go torepparttar 107798 temp Internet Files folder in Windows Explorer. Delete all present files.

8- There are several Windows components on your hard disk that you could do without. You could remove these individual components fromrepparttar 107799 Add/Remove Windows setup option and create more space on your disk

Some windows components that are not necessary are accessories such as Desktop Wallpapers (a saving of 700kB) and games (a saving of 600kB

Before you formatÖ.. 1- Enterrepparttar 107800 hard driveís technical specifications (number of cylinders, tracks, sectors etc.) intorepparttar 107801 PCís BIOS setup table so that it is available forrepparttar 107802 machineís Startup program.

2- Backup all your important data onto another hard disk, recordable CDs, Zip Drive, magnetic tapes or floppies. If you have a sort of backup space or are in hurry, copy only important folders. Backup your e-mail and address books too. After takingrepparttar 107803 backups, check them out to make sure that they are okay.

3- Backup any folders that you share with others over a network.

4- Keep handyrepparttar 107804 installation disks or CDs ofrepparttar 107805 application software you use, such as Windows or an office suite. These will have to be re-installed after formatting.

5- Keep handyrepparttar 107806 driver disks for your printer, sound card, CD ROM driver, modem or other devices. These will have to be re-installed after formatting.

FAT Facts

When a hard disk is formatted, a File Allocation Table (FAT) is created onrepparttar 107807 disk. FAT keeps a record ofrepparttar 107808 locations of allrepparttar 107809 files onrepparttar 107810 disk FAT 16 isrepparttar 107811 file allocation system used in DOS and Windows 95. FAT 32 file system is used in Windows 98 or Win 95 OSR 2. FAT 32 is considered to be more efficient as it saves more space onrepparttar 107812 disk.

The performance of hard disk largely affectsrepparttar 107813 overall performance of a PC. Hard disk performance factors include storage capacity, data access time (the time it takes forrepparttar 107814 read write heads to find a required position onrepparttar 107815 magnetic surface), data transfer time (measure how many million bit per second can be transferred from disk to RAM) and reliability.

TIP Keep your hard disk in tip-top condition and optimize its performance. 1- Create separate folders for each business application, data or for each family member. This will keep your disk clean and organized.

2- Avoidrepparttar 107816 compression Though file compression increasesrepparttar 107817 amount of storage space, it also considerably slowdown system performance. 3- Keep 10% free. Always keep at least 10% of your hard disk free-filling it beyond 90% of its capacity will lead to system slowdown and potential loss of information.

4- Runrepparttar 107818 Maintenance Wizard utility of Windows 95 and 98. This utility make your programs run faster, checks your hard disk for problems and free hard disk space. You can schedule it to0 run on a regular basis at a specific time, for example once a week or other interval of your choice.

Start maintenance Wizard by clicking on Start, choose Programs, choose Accessories, choose system tools and click on Maintenance Wizard.

5- Use software package that help to optimize your hard diskís performance, e.g. Symantecís Norton Utilities.

Pawan Bangar, Technical Director, Birbals, (Hbirbals,Seobirbals,Ebirbals,Ibirbals) Cell:91-175-3150734 Cell:+91-98153-52253 email: pawan@ebirbals.com pawan@birbals.com pawan@hbirbals.com Yahoo Messenger:pawanishappy@yahoo.com MSN messenger:ebirbals@hotmail.com

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