Post-Crash Syndrome: What To Do After Your Computer System Goes Haywire
Just like a computer processor that crashed either because of old age or because of overload, your Windows Operating System will also experience its share of ups and downs. You will definitely feel frustrated at times when upon turning on the computer, the screen will turn blue and bits of unrecognized codes will flash on the screen, almost instantly, the computer screen will turn black and will try to restart. Restarting is futile because it will always end up crashing and you have to watch it all over again like a vicious cycle.
Beat That System Crash
There are many possible causes of system crashes. For example, a low virtual memory can result to a system crash. If it is not resolved immediately, the system will soon degrade to such a point that the system will not be able to restart again. If your system crashed and you do not know how to fix it, the following are some of the things that may be able to help you:
Upon restart, go to Safe Mode by pressing the function key F8. Almost all Windows Operating System such as Windows 2000, XP and Vista have this Safe Mode option. Select the Last Known Good Configuration from the Advanced Options menu and then press Enter. This option will upload the last successful configuration of the system.
Another option for Windows XP and Vista user is to go back to the Advanced Options Menu to select Safe Mode. The option runs a bare version of Windows on a limited number of services and drivers. If the Operating System starts, it means that one of the drivers is the problem. Try to isolate the problem using the System Configuration Utility. The Help support page will be able to help you troubleshoot the problem.
Repair Your Damaged System
If you still have your installation CD with you, try to repair the damaged files instead. Doing this will retain your original files and the CD will only repair as necessary. In the “Welcome to Setup” screen, do not press “R” for repair yet, press the F8 function key and enter R for a Repair-Install. Remember not to the ESC key or all your settings will be swept clean.
If Windows XP has its repair installation utility, Window’s Vista also has its “repair your Computer” option in the Advanced Boot Options menu. After this option is selected, run the Startup repair from the Systems Recovery Options menu. For more help regarding this repair, see this page windows help.
Using the System Restore Utility
Windows XP and Windows Vista both have System Restore utilities. A System Restore utility program lets you return to a previous time when the computer is still working okay. The operating system automatically restore some points such that the user can decide to use System Restore anytime. For Windows Vista and XP, users just need to click the Start button, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and click on System Restore.
For Windows Vista, system restore can be also invoked by typing the keyword system restore in the Start button. User only needs to to click “Choose a different restore point” then click Next. A list of restore points is available. For WIndows XP, select the “Restore my computer to an earlier time” tab and click on Next. A calendar will be shown with bolded dates indicating the days of saved restore points. You can scroll back to earlier months for all days of saved points.
Windows Vista also has this unpopular restoration process. It can be invoked from a command line with the command Bootrec. Windows Vista users do not have to go through the installation process because this restoration tool is powerful enough to be able to repair start-up problems.
Something Is Still Wrong
If after you have reinstalled the software or you were able to fix the problem of your computer system, you can also do some troubleshooting with a number of tools. For example, after a crash, your computer system may become slower than when it used to. To troubleshoot the cause of this problem, you must be able to check the SMART status of your hard drive. A good system information tool, PC Wizard 2007, can be found from pc wizard to do this.
Another option is to check the manufacturer of your hard drive. You can easily get a free checking tool from the manufacturer of your hard drive.
Observe a Good Habit
Windows Vista has a great back-up tool called Complete PC Back-up. This tool captures the general state of the operating system like an image. Everything on your hard drive will be copied and stored such that when a disaster will happen, you can go back to the system image-saving that you did. Note that it can not restore currently opened applications.
Also under the hood of Windows Vista, a reliable tool called Reliability Monitor has a list of all occurrences of system crashes and problems on your applications and programs.