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Backing Up & Recovering Data

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How to Reinstall Windows 7 on Your Computer from a System Image

Windows 7’s Backup and Restore program lets you create a system image of your computer: a single file that contains everything on your computer’s C drive, including Windows, your installed programs, and [more…]

How to Turn Your Old Computer into a Backup Unit

Still using your old computer occasionally? You can set up a network between your old and new computers, and back up your new computer onto your old computer’s hard drive. Your old computer not only gives [more…]

How to Make a Windows 7 System Repair Disc

In case your computer goes south, you need to create a system image — a complete copy of your hard drive. But you need a System Repair disc to put that system image back onto your computer. That System [more…]

How to Reinstall Windows

Most problems in Windows can be fixed without reinstalling Windows. Here’s how to address 98 percent of the major issues that tech support people and amateur computer consultants tell you requires a major [more…]

How to Use System Restore in Windows 7 and Vista

If you did a driver or hardware update and now it conflicts with something already in your computer, you will want to recover your PC to the way things were. Follow these steps to use System Restore in [more…]

How to Use System Restore in Windows XP

So, you want to recover your Windows PC to the way things used to be. Perhaps your 13-year-old nephew decided to trick out your PC. Or maybe you added a piece of hardware that causes a conflict. No matter [more…]

How to Restore Your System to an Earlier Point

When you do a system restore, Windows 7 and Windows Vista choose the most recent system restore date and time. Sometimes, you may want a less recent restore point. For example, when a system upgrade [more…]

How to Use System Restore in Windows XP

So, you want to recover your Windows XP to the way things used to be. Perhaps your 12-year-old niece decided to “update” your PC. Or maybe you added a piece of hardware that causes a conflict. No matter [more…]

How to Set a System Restore Point in Windows 7 and Vista

System restore points are set automatically in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows Vista resets usually just after midnight (assuming that you’re up that late or leave the PC on all the time). They’re [more…]

How to Set a System Restore Point in Windows XP

Starting with Windows XP, System Restore gained full graphical popularity as a way to recover from common goofs, such as wrong settings or improperly installed software or hardware. But, System Restore [more…]

How to Undo a System Restore in Windows

If you have to do a System Restore, but it doesn’t quite go the way you wanted, you can undo system restore. In Windows, it is actually an easy process. [more…]

How to Disable System Restore in Windows

Some people believe that System Restore is a security risk to Windows so you may want to disable it. For example, you can effectively restore a virus with System Restore, or System Restore can be taken [more…]

How to Find What Files SFC Could Not Repair

You can use the powerful System File Checker (SFC) tool in Windows 7 and Windows Vista to scan and repair Windows operating system without having to completely reinstall the operating system. Once you [more…]

What the Windows Recovery Console Does

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows is the Recovery Console. Unlike Windows in its graphical glory, the Recovery Console is a text-mode operating system, similar to the old MS-DOS [more…]

How to Get to the Recovery Console in Windows

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows 7 and Windows Vista is the Recovery Console, as long as you know where it is and how to activate it. [more…]

How to Start Recovery Console in Windows XP

One of the most useful tools for fixing problems in Windows is the Recovery Console. The Recovery Console in Windows XP is available from either the Windows installation disk or recovery disc. Here are [more…]

How to Fix the Master Boot Record in Windows

One useful and often necessary thing you can do in the Windows Recovery Console is fix a corrupt or damaged master boot record (MBR). The MBR plays a role in starting your PC and what happens when it’s [more…]

How to Make a Recovery Disc in Windows

If you can’t find the Windows recovery disc that came with the program when you bought it, know that a secret command, available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, lets you create a recovery disc. [more…]

How to Boot into a Recovery Partition in Windows

Knowing how to boot into a Recovery Partition will help you to rebuild, restore, re-create, or just troubleshoot Windows problems. PC manufacturers now often partition a computer’s primary hard drive into [more…]

How to Use a Recovery Disc in Windows

Most PCs sold today come with recovery discs, or sets of discs; these let you restore your computer to the same condition it was in when you bought it. This solution is [more…]

How to Scan and Repair Windows Using System File Checker

You can use the powerful System File Checker (SFC) tool in Windows 7 and Windows Vista to ensure the integrity of the Windows operating system, as well as to effectively restore broken parts of Windows [more…]

What You Need to Know about Windows Computer Backups

Few people bother to back up the data on their PC and end up paying the price later. Since you have decided to be one of the smart ones, here’s everything you need to know before you start your computer [more…]

How to Manually Back Up Your Data in Windows

You don’t need to run a backup program to make a backup. In fact, anytime you copy a file, you’re essentially making a backup; the duplicate file is a safety copy of the original. As long as the copy is [more…]

How to Find the Backup Program in Windows 7

To back up the files on your PC, you can simply copy the files from the hard drive to removable media. However, it is far simpler to run a backup program. Windows 7 comes with a Backup program, called [more…]

How to Find the Backup Program in Windows Vista

To back up the files on your PC, you can simply copy the files from the hard drive to removable media. However, it is far simpler to run a backup program. Windows Vista has two locations for its backup [more…]

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