Picture this: You’re sitting in your home or office about to check your email. You press the ‘power-on’ button and it lights up. You hear the computer turn on and everything seems to be running smoothly. You are prompted to the login screen and enter your password, but then realize your computer has frozen. Instead of panicking, you simply reboot the computer, simply to find that this error occurs again…and again…and again. Now, don’t panic. This happens—not too often, but it does happen.
You have the option of doing several things. For one, you can reboot your computer once more. Yes, I know you’re thinking ‘what good will that do when I have already done so five times?’ You’re right—but this time, you won’t be doing it the normal way—you’ll be starting up your computer in safe mode. Safe mode is a method that allows the computer to troubleshoot itself, all in a limited state. It only allows access to certain files and folders, and remains a rather useful way to resolve computer-based issues. By starting windows in safe-mode, you are starting windows the last known best configuration. What this process does is take your computer back to a well-known time period where it was working properly. In my opinion, it is almost similar to a restore-point.
Another thing you can do is repair your installation of windows. Usually, if you are having trouble between the login-screen and the loading of the computer, it may have to do with a file or registry error that doesn’t allow the PC to boot to the regular desktop screen. By repairing windows, you are helping configure these errors without removing or changing other things on your computer.
Starting your PC in safe mode and then using system restore could undo recent changes to your PC that might’ve affected its ability to boot up. Think about this: mostly all of our daily tasks are done on a computer. Checking email, interacting with others, are just some of the many things we do. Because of so much computer-exposure, something is bound to happen to your computer, where something undesirable loads up or downloads. By taking it back to a restore point, you are simply taking the computer back to a time-frame where everything was working normally. Another thing you can do from here—is scanning your computer for viruses, because many viruses can go undetected.
Of course, sometimes this simple issue can’t be solved by just doing a simple system-restore. There are instances when the damage is so undesirable and great that you simply have to do a clean-install of windows. This won’t happen all the time, but it can happen. Our computers are so exposed to the internet and other interferences that this is bound to happen at least sometime in our lives. Try to keep your computer in good standing with a good anti-virus to maximize its potential. Regularly check you computer’s progress and remove any unnecessary problems that you know are unnecessary. Hopefully with the basic maintenance of your computer, you will be able to have a device that will work smoothly and in your favor, over time.
Fisher, Tim. “How To Troubleshoot Stopping, Freezing, or Reboot Issues During Windows Login.” About.com PC Support. About.com, 2012. Web. 25 Aug. 2012.
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