Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Installs
What you need to know to bring a
crashed Vista PC system back to life. When Windows Vista fails and won't
boot, separate the hardware from the software and get it fixed with the help of PCSTATS - Version 1.2.0
Windows Vista appears to be at least as resilient and
stable as Windows XP in operation, yet it's still quite vulnerable to a variety
of errors which can leave the operating system in an non-bootable state. In
fact, given the relative newness of Vista, it's more vulnerable to several specific problems such as bad or
incorrect driver installations and errors arising from attempting to 'dual-boot'
Windows Vista with other operating systems.
Vista's newness also extends to the tools available to
users in the event of disasters like those mentioned above. If you were familiar
with the Windows XP suite of repair tools, you might as well throw all that
knowledge out the window(s) because none of it applies any more. Vista has a whole new set
of recovery tools built into a bootable 'live' operating system called the
Windows Vista Recovery Environment (Vista RE).
In this PCSTATS Beginners
Guide we'll explore methods of
recovering your Windows Vista installation when you are no longer able to boot
the computer, even in Vista's Safe Mode
. This guide will also touch on several critical methods of 'disaster-proofing' a
Windows Vista PC to make it easier to recover, should the
unfortunate ever occur in the future. Finally, a thorough examination
of the various ways that 'dual-boot' Windows Vista/XP/LinuxBSDMacOSsomeotherOS
systems can go wrong and how to fix it. Read on.
Why does Windows Vista fail to
A computer can fail to load Windows Vista for a huge
variety of reasons, all of which boil down to just two possibilities: hardware
or software. Now
despite what you may have been told, pounding on the computer in frustration only
fixes things 1 in 20 times. It's better to take a breather and troubleshoot,
in a computer's hardware can cause Windows not to
load while still allowing the computer to start, especially errors in the
hard disk drive or memory (RAM). On the software side, anything that damages
or changes essential system files can have the same effect, including viruses,
improper shutdowns due to a crash or power outage. Changing your
computer's motherboard can often trigger these sorts of issues,
and removing or changing hard drive configurations will also do it, especially
if you are dual-booting Windows Vista with another operating system on the
Step 1 - Identifying hardware problems
As this PCSTATS Beginners Guide is focused on repairing the software problems that may cause Windows Vista
to fail to boot, we would be remiss not to cover the basics of checking for
hardware problems that can cause Vista to throw a hissy-fit. Most hardware
issues will stop the computer functioning properly, but a few may be subtle
enough to slay Vista without stopping the computer dead in its tracks.
The most likely culprits here are the computer's hard disk and/or memory.
Hardware Troubleshooting Checklist
If something has gone wrong with your PC one of the following
has likely happened;
you don't see anything displayed on the monitor when it's powered up, it
doesn't power up at all, or the computer constantly turns itself off after being
turned on. Okay, take a deep breath. All is not lost, PCSTATS
has complied a quick five-point checklist to
put you in the right direction to total Vista Crash Recovery.
ATTENTION - This
troubleshooting section is not
intended as a comprehensive guide and
the following points assume you know how to build
a computer from the parts up. If you are NOT
comfortable working inside a PC, or are unfamiliar with the rules of properly handling
static-sensitive components, take the PC to a store that does computer service.
It is quite possible to damage or destroy a PC by improperly handling
hardware. It's also quite possible that defective hardware may damage
or destroy spare parts used for troubleshooting. Turn off the PC power
supply before attempting to remove or install any components.
hardware troubleshooting is an extensive subject and beyond the scope of
this article. I's a subject we are working on, so check