Windows 7: top 3 OS dilemmas and how to fix them!
A Windows PC can make your life easier but nothing can save you from the problems of a Windows OS. However, Windows 7 is surprisingly less problem-prone than its predecessors. The OS is outstandingly secure and stable, but it is far from perfect.
Here are some of the most common Windows 7 problems and ways to troubleshoot them.
1. You turn it on but Windows doesn't show up a.k.a the PC won't boot!
If you installed the OS yourself, use the disc to boot your system and if Windows 7 came pre-installed, borrow someone else's DVD. You can also create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc using another Windows 7 PC. If the disc doesn't seem to be working, go to the setup screen and alternate the boot order from hard drive to optical or CD/DVD drive.
But if your PC is unable to get to this setup screen, the problem isn't with the Windows, but rather the hardware is faulty. Time to take your PC to a professional.
And in case the CD boots, then just follow the prompts to fix whatever troubles your PC has. You will see a menu of various options; start the troubleshooting quest by selecting System Restore or Repair.
2. You really need that one file but there is no access to the hard drive!
This is when you will seriously regret not keeping a very up-to-date backup of all your files. And God forbid if your Windows is installed on this hard drive because that will lead you all the way back to problem number 1 above, and none of those solutions will work!
Let's start off with the cheapest solution. If the drive is used to boot the operating system, take it out and connect it to another PC as a secondary drive. Use file recovery software such as Recover My Files from GetData. The software will show you the files that can be recovered and you will have to pay the license fee, up to $100 depending upon your software of choice, to get back the contents of your hard drive.
If this doesn't work, it's time to fork over some serious cash for a data retrieval service.
There are plenty of smaller and more affordable companies doing the exact same job as data retrieval giants like Kroll Ontrack and DriveSavers, so no need to pay thousands of dollars when the job can be done just as well in a few hundred dollars. And this is your only option to save the data if you hear the hard drive making weird noises
3. Your PC is acting weird, it might be infected!
Chances are that your regular antivirus program isn't doing what it is supposed to do. If your PC is slowing down right in the middle of something or you can't seem to start a certain program, your PC might be infected with malware.
Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to find and remove malware; it is free and does a pretty decent job. But chances are that the malware in your PC will try to stop anti-malware programs from scanning your PC. Your best line of attack would be to use 3 or 4 similar programs, preferably ones that don't require installation. There are plenty of portable and CD programs available for download that you can use via a flash drive or CD to scan and clean your PC of harmful software.
Windows 7 features many preset tools to help you save yourself from OS nightmares. If your PC is starting up properly, then go to the Windows 7 Action Center. This is where you will find the solution to most of your OS troubles!