|Damaged Operating System
With enough abuse, any operating system can malfunction. In
most cases, it can be repaired using the original installation operating
system CD-ROM or sometimes the recovery disk provided by the manufacturer
of your computer. This method is basically a re-installation of the
operating system files.
How do you
know the operating system is damaged?
Typically you'll know. The dreaded Blue screen of death is one
way you'll know. Registry errors or text screens displaying at boot
up with warnings about damaged files or missing files may be your clue.
When a computer will not boot up for you, that is usually a the bad
indication that you have a damaged operating system. Always try to
boot into Safe Mode as part of your diagnostics.
boot into Safe Mode.
Using the Operating System CD
In most cases, you would start by popping in the operating system
CD-ROM that came with your computer and boot the system up. When
prompted if you want to boot from the CD ROM, confirm Yes, that you do.
Operating system installation disks can differ widely so it's
difficult to cover how you may be prompted. What you are looking for
is options to "Repair" or re-install the operating system files.
BE Aware ...
"recovery" disks provided by computer manufacturers
will actually do a RESTORE of the computer back to it's original state
when it was new. That mean ALL of your files, programs and data will
be wiped from the computer! Be aware. Read all of the labeling
and warnings if continuing along with the installation disk. Also be
aware that mny tech support persons will be far too quick to recommend
this as your ONLY option. Use this option as a LAST resort.
Always backup your data routinely just in case you have to resort to the
dreaded system restore.
Common Causes of a slow PC
So what causes a PC to run
slow? There are many causes. Read about some of the most common here.
Editing the Registry
The Registry is a database of nearly all the settings for Windows
operating system and most of your installed applications. Learn how to
edit and clean it yourself.
Unless you know how to avoid it
and/or combat it, you probably have it on your computer.
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