Windows and Repair

By: Kalin

We are living in an Information age and today more and more people use computers to help them reach information or to do some work. Every computer in order to operate uses an operation system and one of the most frequently used operation systems today is called Microsoft Windows. It has many versions but when it comes down to repair there are some fundamental things that people should know to easily help themselves and to know exactly when a help from a specialist is necessary.
Now I will tell you about some basic operations you need to learn to perform on a regular basis. The first one is called backup. It is done by simple copy of your important data into one or more locations or you can use more sophisticated methods like partition backups or system backup. I will not give any details because the goal of this article is only to give you the basics to enable anyone who want to begin from there. No matter what happens with your system or application software the backup will ensure the safety of crucial data. When making backup keep in mind that the keeper of it is very important. If you store the backup on your hard drive the chances for it to be damaged are big. They are even bigger when using floppy diskettes or CDs. One good way could be a fast ftp access or on other Internet location that is secured, big enough and fast enough for your needs.
The system checking is another opportunity to analyze possible problems with your software or hardware components. Every Windows system has tools designed to help you on that matter. On the market you can find some more advanced software too provided from Symantec or other software corporations.
The system registry is another part of your system you should know about. It is made to keep almost every option that software and hardware use to work. Many programs could help you clean it up and tune up your system but you should know that sometimes this could be dangerous because if you damage a critical segment of your registry data the system may crush or some of your software could not work properly.

Usually people reinstall the software that causes problems and most of the time this could fix things up but the system registry always needs to be taken seriously no matter what operations you want to perform on it.
Many problems could arise when you work with software and that's why Microsoft made some troubleshooting ways to keep their users informed of many issues that people are having. Always start with the help section of the software that you thing is not working properly. Try to reinstall it and then search the web for your problem. This should become a routine when you fight your way through a problem. Information is the most power tool you could ever have. Try to inform yourself on the best possible way before reaching out for solutions which could take much time or even cause more problems.
Usually there is a way to repair your installation by using the add/remove programs section of your system tools in the control panel of your system. The software most of the time works together to help you move data and operate on every level you need but this could also contribute for some problems to arise. There are system parts that are shared by many programs and if there is a problem there many programs could ask for repair and give you error messages with code or simple signs. If there is an error you don't understand you can ask professional or search for it on the web.
Now I will give you a set of terms and brief discussion on every one of them to help you understand them and use them in the future. The first one is system scan. Scan means analysis and it is in fact a base of rules software uses to analyze possible problems with the system. Hard disk defragmentation is another term. Defragmentation is a process that reduces the fragments of the data that is stored on your hard drive. This is done by reorganizing it and it could automatically be performed for you. Statistics shows that 42% of PC users fails to do that and this usually only affects the system performance and it is not a major problem but you should know that it could speed things up for you and it is not necessary to do it on the day if you need the computer. You could let it do the work during the night when you are sleeping. You could also make it as a schedule task and by doing this you will let the system defrag the disk for example every week on time that is good for you. Keep in mind that your system partition should have a top priory when beginning defragmentation.
Today viruses are a major problem when talking about computer systems because they could damage your data and software beyond repair. You should always keep an antivirus program running on the system especially when large amounts of data passes by your system. Everything - even the data accessed by your browser on the web is a potential holder of a malicious code. You don't need to think about protection all the time but keeping an antivirus running and updating it regularly could safe you time and important data. Sometimes when you store important information you may even want to ask professionals to keep you safe because it is impossible for everyone to know even the main principals on how viruses works and how to keep yourself save from them.
There are many ways to contact a professional today. This could save you not only time, nerves and money but it could help you design a new way to perform the operations you need and help you take your work to a new plane.

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