Windows Recovery Tips

You probably have been in this situation not too long ago. You turn on your PC expecting the familiar BIOS screen and Windows logo, but suddenly you see a cryptic error message or a blue screen. Or even worse, the PC just beeps and doesn’t do anything at all!

What do do? Don’t panic. Over 80% of problems with Windows not starting properly, or a PC not booting, can be resolved without any hardware repairs. In this article, we will give you 5 highly effective tips for handling a broken Windows system.

The first tip to do is to identify the source of the problem. If you have recently added new hardware or new software to the system, such as a new HD, a new graphics card, new drivers, or something similar, try removing the hardware and booting again. If that works alright, there is something amiss with the configuration for the new hardware. Read the manual and try again 🙂

If you have installed new software and it brought the system down, things are a little trickier. The second tip is to try and boot in Safe Mode (a mode where Windows does not load any unnecessary drivers and programs). To do that, press F8 when the Windows boot logo appears, and then select “Safe Mode” from the menu. If safe mode works, you can uninstall the new software and things should be fine again at the next reboot.

Now, if you haven’t recently changed anything, and the system still fails to boot, we need to get more technical. The third tip is to check whether there is any error message and Google it on the net. Chances are, many people have had the same problem, and the solution for it is posted out there. This worked for me lots of times.

Fourth tip: if you don’t even get an error message and the BIOS screen, and only some beeps instead (or when the PC doesn’t even power up), it is a clear indicator of a hardware problem. We have a listing of all beep codes for various BIOS versions on Windows Recovery Toolbox, and instructions on what to do. If the PC doesn’t power up (coolers not running, no lamps, etc) – something is wrong with the power supply. Check cables and connectors. If everything is plugged in alright, chances are that the power supply is down – which is easy and not too costly to replace.

If the PC powers up, but nothing of the above works, or you don’t see any error message, the fifth tip is to use a boot CD and run a filesystem check. Hard drives are the most strained component of any PC, with millions of physical accesses to them, and tend to fail first. However, most harddrive failures can be repaired with appropriate tools. Check out Windows Recovery Toolbox data recovery section below to see some great utilities which can do that, and lots more.