Windows runs fine most of the time. Most of the time you turn on your computer and it will run through the book sequence without error. This is true for a large majority of the time. At these times you adore Microsoft, and you’re a firm believer in premium operating systems. They are worth every dollar that you spent.
Everything is grand, and then one day your beloved Windows operating systems crashes. You don’t have any viruses. You haven’t installed any programs that may have triggered a boot failure. Everything just happens all of a sudden. Out of the blue you get a blue – or black – screen warning you that your operating system did not start or shut down correctly. You may get a screen with a combination of letters and numbers that can only be decoded from information provided on the Microsoft website.
In this instant your mind may conjure up a short wish list. You truly wish that you would have taken the time to back up your data. You wish that you would have purchased the hard drive that you would have used to back up your data. You may even wish for a time machine, but it would do you no good at this point. After several minutes you may switch from your wish list to your immediate reality and construct a plan.
There are many things that could prevent windows from booting up, but there are several reasons that are more common than others. One of the most common of all reasons involves an improper shutdown. This isn’t always your fault of course. There are times when you have no choice. The computer freezes up, and you are stuck with forcing an improper shutdown. There are times when you can force a shutdown without any problems. It is very common, however, for the system to restart with a “windows did not shut down normally” error.
When this occurs there are two primary things that you can do. The first thing involves hitting the F8 key and selecting a last known good configuration. This will usually bring the system back into a normal state. A system restore can be performed in safe mode if the last known good configuration does not allow you to boot to Windows.
The other common error that occurs happens when you receive a corrupt system files error. This is more difficult to resolve because it usually involves additional software. For these errors it would be beneficial to obtain an error repair disk. There are a variety of master book disks on the market. The only relevant ones for this error, however, are those that are equipped with system repair options. It is at this time that you will usually repair the registry or system files. This is usually the best method for recovering the data.
It can be a disheartening thing to watch your PC sit and try to boot with no success. The methods above can help ease the pain.