There you are busily typing away on your PC or your Laptop, and all of a sudden strangest thing happens. The screen goes black, extinquished like a candle in wind.
A message appears saying: "The file hal.dll is missing or corrupt. Windows can not start." Well you know that 95% of computer glitches are solved by a simple reboot, so click…oops, can't click, no Windows. Ok then, you reset, and you think you are sure to be OK when reboot completes.
Wrong! The same error message appears "The file hal.dll is missing or corrupt. Windows can not start." How is it possible for one measly file to kill your system?
DISASTER…What to do now? Phone your tech friend and ask his advice. He tells you bad news. You are obliged to re-install Windows from original disc! Oh My God! Will I lose all my programs and data? Yes, you will have to re- install all your programs. No your data may be safe, but only if you don't have to reformat your hard disc.
But, your friend asks, I hope you have all your backups.
DO YOU, because that is key to saving your business. You know that in today's business world, 95% of your business information is stored on your computer. This applies not only to online businesses, but also to offline ones. In this paperless society of ours, business people are printing less and less of all their transactions.
Think hard. Where heck did I hide my original Windows disc? Really, are you organized enough that you can easily find your original installation discs, along with code numbers they need to re-install.
You own some programs you downloaded off Net, but they are stored on your hard drive. Are they backed up? When is last time you backed up your data, lifeblood of your business.
What backup system do you use? Do you use old- fashioned tape systems, or do you backup to CD or DVD? Whichever one you use, key is that your backups must be frequent enough to keep you out of major trouble.
Program backups do not have to be constantly repeated like Data does. Programs do not change, unless you downloaded an update. Then your update must be saved on your hard drive, and also backed up.
Data includes so many different things that it's easy to forget to back up some items. 'My Documents' contains much of data, but not nearly all. Do you know where your Favorite links are stored? Where is your email that you saved? Along with your email address book, Microsoft hides these files quite well.