We are all familiar with this problem – we turn on our Windows PC and instead of the familiar start screen we see nothing but a black screen with some kind of cryptic error message. Most of the PC users feel helpless in such situation and don’t know what to do. The following form will give you some helpful tips on recovering from a Windows PC that won’t boot properly.
First of all, you need to verify that the PC is actually connected properly, has power, and that all the basic hardware is working properly. The hard drive should be speeding up and the LEDs should be on.
Also, you should get an image on your monitor screen. If that’s not the case, you need to verify that the monitor cable is properly connected to the graphics card port and to the monitor itself. Once you’ve done that, the next thing you need to worry about is whether you get to the BIOS screen. If not, it is very likely that you have some kind of hardware problem, for example a problem with the RAM or a motherboard error. If you can see the BIOS screen, you need to tap Del or some function key, for example F8 or F10, to go to BIOS and reset it to default settings. If you recently installed hardware or changed the settings in the BIOS, it is best to revert them to their original state. Next, if you are sure that the BIOS settings are fine, you should be careful about the error message that Windows is producing and when booting.
At this stage, depending on what the error message actually is, you have a few options. If the error message is related to your bootloader settings, you probably have a good chance of fixing it using one of the powerful Windows recovery software tools available today, such as Spotmau Power Suite 2010. This is a bundle of complete software that can legitimately be considered the ultimate Windows startup disk. It contains tools to restore Windows boot section, repair Windows partitions, recover lost passwords, recover deleted data, and much more.
The way you use the tool is by getting a CD image and creating a bootable CD from which you can view your PC and recover your Windows system or perform any other maintenance and repair tasks.
After booting from it, you will see a menu with a selection of options. To recover a Windows system without hardware problems, you can select the third option from the top (Recover Windows) and choose the version of Windows that you have. The rest happens automatically.
Alternatively, you can use it to back up your system partition data, if you don’t have the original Windows CD handy, or recover a lost Windows administrator password.