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Home Business: Remedies to Operating System Crashes

Aug 17, 2007
Most people sigh with despair when they see the phrase "we apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows could not be accessed or located".

Any one of us can get this message, seemingly ridiculous since the computer was typically working just fine only a few minutes ago. Suddenly you are facing a complete operating system failure, something that may just have happened by simply switching on your PC.

Initially panic hits you hard. Occurrences such as operating system failures have been known to put home business owners completely out of business. A problem such as this really can cost a whole heap of cash and time to sort out, recent through to years old data can potentially be lost forever. All this can seem a bit overpowering/ terrifying.

As is often the case, if you were prepared for such an event then there would have been no strife!

The world of today is full of, and really does heavily rely on, technology. Everything is fine as long as this technology is working properly. Unfortunately it is not flawless, from time to time failures occur and we therefore have to become prepared for the worst.

Businesses want to resume their trade as soon as possible. Nice and simple methods to ensure you are more relaxed about future potential system crashes involve:

1. Record everything, e.g. passwords, usernames, business account numbers, key websites and in particular software unlock codes. If you don't write it on paper it may be lost. Keep in mid this information is highly sensitive and so you should store it in a safe or a secure place.
2. Undergo backups of your hard drive, preferably every day, onto sources of media e.g. re-writable CD's or DVD's. However, optical media is not always the most reliable backup storage medium and so I recommend investing in a purpose built backup device such as a tape drive or the Iomega Rev drive. When planning your backup setup you should aim to have a different backup disk/tape-cassette for every day of the week, ideally.
3. Importantly, when having to reinstall your operating system the data in the folder termed "my documents" tends to become lost. With this in mind backups should always include saving this folders contents.
4. Ensure all your zip, software install and .exe files are saved onto a disk, e.g. simply backed up or burnt onto a CD or other media. You need to ensure the backup software and discs are already in place.

Repairs or reinstalls of your system vary from being relatively quick and easy to becoming a long and complex. Reversing the system failure by yourself is fine if you are knowledgeable in this area. If on the other hand you are like the majority of users you will require the help of dedicated computer repair specialists. No data recovery specialists will hopefully be required since you will have already saved the important information elsewhere.

Once the computer has been returned to its original full functionality you'll be pleased that you are able to fast and efficiently reinstall the documents and software from the backup media you had previously created.

Remember, don't leave this basic act of backing up until its too late, be prepared. If problems occur, be sure to get back up and running potentially within a quick 24 hours! It really is worth the extra effort.
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