Saturday, October 13, 2012


There I was... happy and anxious to look up some new material someone told me they just uploaded to Facebook... I turned on the laptop... Windows XP was starting up... and then... and then...



What did my lappie do to deserve this?

I made a few calls and googled a few items, but no human response nor search-engine query gave me a satisfactory answer.

"Your hard drive is fried"

"Your laptop is dead!"

"We can fix it - maybe. We may have to replace the drive."

"Ship it to us and we'll see if there's anything we can do."

I started off with Hiren's Boot Disc - and while I didn't have much luck with it, it gave me hope... After an hour or so of fiddling... I had milk and cookies. (Most of you would have been tearing out your hair, climbing the walls, having a fit...

I remembered having a WinXp Pro disc around somewhere - so, into the long night, I experimented and continued hunting on Google and Bing. It's like an infojungle on those search engines. TONS of worthless crap and dead-ends. But patience and persistence and a little brainwork on my part...

Finally, sweet results! I recovered my lappie, and here's how: I booted up from the WinXP install disk... careful to initiate the restart of the computer by calling up the Recovery Console... I used the chkdsk /r command to repair the volume. The /r switch locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.

As simple as it sounds... fixed!

As soon as the machine was running, I launched MALWAREBYTES just in case a boot-sector virus was behind the malfunction. Then, I cleaned the Registry. The Registry acts as a database for your system, and stores important information on your PC. Generally, the way to clean the registry is to use a registry cleaner tool. This tool would make a scan of all items in your registry and fix all the errors. There are several registry cleaner tools available on the internet. I use EasyClean, but any good FREE cleaner will do!

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