Let’s face it – probably your Windows does not boot properly, or you wouldn’t be here, right? Now, you are probably already actively thinking about what to do next… and while there are indeed many ways to take from now, some of them can lead not only to terminally damaging your Windows installation, but even to complete data loss on your main partitions – which is definitely something none of us wants.
So, let’s see, what are some major league mistakes made by newbie users when they tackle the ‘Windows not booting’ problem and try to recover their damaged Windows system.
Changing BIOS Settings
This almost never works as a fix for damaged Windows problems, unless it was a change of BIOS settings, which caused the problems in the first place (then it’s of course the logical thing to do). Many a clueless PC user has gone into the BIOS when his system was down, and haphazardly changed settings like CPU clock multipliers or DMA configuration, with the result that the system was entirely beyond recovery. AVOID the risk of changing BIOS settings if you don’t know exactly what you are doing.
Copying Over System Files From A Cd Or Disk
A very common thought pattern in the case that there is a Windows error (system32 or similar). The slightly more versed PC user will then boot to Safe Mode, use the recovery console, and copy over system files to the Windows directory. This rarely goes well, unless you are using the original Windows recovery CD provided for your system. The reason is that even slightly different system file versions will already totally wreck your Windows.
Playing With Motherboard Jumpers
With motherboard jumpers, you can manually configure few hardware devices. However, an inexperienced user, when reading a PC manual, can easily imagine that with a few jumpers here or there he can fix his problems. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jumpers are where they are not for users to toy with, but to define a certain stable system configuration. Switching mainboard jumpers to modify the CPU clock, RAM settings, or HD master-slave order, will almost never do your system any good. AVOID this when you’ve a damaged Windows.
Not Running Chkdsk Or Scandisk
More than half of all Windows boot problems are caused by some filesystem trouble. Hard drives are under a heavy load, and one of the few PC components, which actually have mechanical movement, so they are more prone to wear and faults than almost every other hardware type. However, many filesystem errors can actually be fixed by software, and the easiest way to do this is to use the free Windows file system tools: scandisk or chkdsk.
To do that, you need to boot into Safe Mode, or use a Boot CD, and then run a “chkdsk c: /f” command in the CMD to scan your main partition and automatically fix all errors. You can run check disk scan without using command prompt.
- Just open open ‘this-PC’ or ‘My Computer’
- Right-click on drive you want to scan and select Properties
- Choose the ‘Tools’ tab and click ‘Check’.
Many experts casually fix problems of stumped Windows users with this simple method.
Don’t Just ‘Format C:\’. Think!
Many non-techies completely despair when their PC isn’t booting properly, and quickly resort to drastic measures such as wiping their Windows installation and reinstalling. This is an irreversible mistake, since you cannot undo a format, and it destroys not just your Windows installation but your entire data on that partition as well. In reality, this final measure is only necessary in a small fraction of cases. Most of the time, your Windows, and of course your data, can be recovered either by an experienced system administrator, or by using dedicated tools.
The catch is to look before leap. It’s logic and not your despair that should guide your actions to repair your damaged Windows operating system. And if you don’t understand the error, it’s better to take professional help. For any doubts on Windows, please connect with us in the comments section below.