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Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install

Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install - PCSTATS
Abstract: 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.
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Preventative Maintenance: Make Vista Easy to Recover

There are a few preventative steps you can take before Windows Vista ever gets messed up and crashes. If taken, these will make it potentially a lot easier to recover the operating system when it does (eventually) crash.

For starters, there's the system restore feature. Unlike Windows XP, Windows Vista does not constantly create restore points. It only creates them automatically in the case of major software installs or other significant system events. You would be well-advised to manually create system restore points every month or so, and whenever you are installing new software and drivers.

System restore in Vista will roll back drivers, system files and installed programs to their earlier states, but will not touch your data, so there's nothing to worry about on that front. To manually create a system restore point, open the 'start' menu, right click on 'computer' and choose 'properties'. From the menu on the left, choose the 'system protection' option.

Click 'create' and choose a name for the restore point. It's a good idea to include some information here that will help you remember why you created the restore point. Think of it as a save game... Click 'create' again, then wait for the process to finish.

Backup your data, regularly

This is a simple one, and something we've revisited again and again in our guides. If you have essential data that you cannot work (or live) without, back it up to external media like a DVD or removable hard disk drive. You can also use flash memory devices like USB drives, but we would advise against keeping essential data on this type of device for long.

Store your data in a separate partition or physical hard disk

If all else fails and you cannot repair your Windows Vista install, you will need to start from scratch. This is a lot less painful if your data and personal documents are safe on a separate drive letter. This means that you can remove and reinstall Windows without worrying about losing anything except your installed programs. Consider adding a second hard disk drive to your computer for this purpose.

Worst case scenario?

If, despite all your efforts you cannot get your Windows Vista installation back on its feet, it's time to think data recovery. Assuming there is nothing wrong with your hard disk drive(s), it's an easy matter for you (or your local computer store if you are nervous) to remove them physically from your computer and connect them to a cheaply available USB drive enclosure. Plug this into any Windows Vista computer system to restore and back up your essential data before putting the drive back and reinstalling Windows.

Alternately you can simply unplug your old hard drive(s) and add a new one, install Vista on it, then replug the old ones in to access their data in a fresh Vista installation.

Note that you may have to change the order in which your computer wants to boot hard disk drives if you choose this method. This can be accomplished by going to the BIOS screen (press DEL or F2 repeatedly at your computer's boot screen) and selecting the relevant option in either the 'advanced BIOS options' or 'Boot' menu.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
 Pg 2.  Step 1 - PC Turns On, Does Not Boot Up
 Pg 3.  Step 2 - Options for Recovering Windows Vista
 Pg 4.  Windows Vista Recovery Environment
 Pg 5.  Vista Startup Repair Con't
 Pg 6.  Vista's System Restore Utility
 Pg 7.  Windows Vista Memory Diagnostic Tool
 Pg 8.  Vista Bootrec Console Tools
 Pg 9.  Recovering Lost Partitions Con't
 Pg 10.  — Preventative Maintenance: Make Vista Easy to Recover

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