How to Recover Your Computer System
Sometimes when you install a new program, new piece of hardware, or have been attacked by some malicious coding, like a virus, you need to do something to restore your computer prior to these problems occuring. Well to restore the computer to that point when everything was working fine, you may have to uninstall the program that started the trouble you are having, unistall the new piece of hardware, or run an anti-virus program to get rid of the trouble. Sometimes the problem still exist and you need to perform a system restore (this is explained in my article “How to restore Your Computer” http://www.firehow.com/200912296862/how-to-restorerecover-your-computer.html).
There are times when uninstalling software and hardware does not change the problem. You find that it is not an virus problem or that your anti-virus package is not removing the infection and what you need to do is recover your system. This is what brings us to this article “How to Recover Your Computer System” which will give you steps for recovering from bad installations or anti-virus attacks.
There are two types of computer recoveries:
1) you perform an operating system recovery which the only thing which is changed or recovered is the operating system. and all the programs that have been installed and registered will still be there.
2) An re-installation of a) only the operating system; or, b) the re-installation of the computer returning it to state it was in when you bought it home from the store.
Note with 2a all programs will have to be re-installed and updated and with 2b all programs that were not factory installed and all updates nust be redone.
I. Operating System Recovery:
You will need a authentic copy of the Windows version that is on your computer. Place the cd/dvd in the appropriate drive and restart the computer. Press any key when prompted to inoreder to boot from the cd/dvd. Insert the cd/dvd in the appropriate drive and then restart the computer. Press any key when prompt to start the Windows Setup procedures. At the menu select “Recover” and then follow the onscreen instructions.
If Windows can assist in this manner it will restore the system files and you should be able to get back into Windows in normal mode.
II.Re-Installing the Operating System:
If you are still not able to get into Windows in normal mode then you may elect to re-install the operating system. This can be done by following the steps above in the “Operating System Recovery” section. Follow steps 1-3 and then select to install a fresh copy of the operating system. Follow the instructions for a new installation.
Note that if you chose to install the fresh copy of Windows in the same directory as the old copy of Windows, the old file will be erased before install a few copy of the operating system. If you have not made a backup of the data and multimedia files on your computer, you may want to choose to “Leave the drive as it is” (do not format). If the data files and multimedia may be replaced without too much hassel, it would be smart to format the drive.
III. Restoring the Computer to Factory State:
If none of the above worked for you or you just want to have you computer looking like it was when you bought it, then follow this steps.
1. If your computer came with a Recovery Cd’s or DVD then insert it in the appropriate drive and follow the instructions after the recovery disk has been loaded.
2. Newer computers may come with a dedicated partition which comes with a clone of the computer as it was installed by the manufacturer.When you restart your computer you have the option to press a certain key to move into the recovery program on that dedicated partition. Be sure to press the requested key before Windows attempts to boot. Follow the instruction for a computer recovery.
Note that with method III (Restoriing the Computer to Factory State) all data, media files and programs will be erased off the computer.