Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Plan Your Windows Recovery before Failure Occurs | Proactive Measures

Data recovery is one of the most important aspects for business continuity and disaster recovery strategy, along with IT systems and business processes recovery.

In today's technology-dependent businesses, even small disruptions can render highly sophisticated machinery and information technology systems ineffective.

Without a disaster-recovery plan, disruption-tolerant solutions, and data backups, there isn't much that an organization can do when disaster strikes.

One of the worst events you will experience is a computer that won ’ t boot. An even worse experience is discovering that there is no recent backup for that computer.

The first step in preparing for disaster recovery is to expect that a disaster will happen at some point and take proactive measures to plan your recovery before the failure occurs.

Plan Your Windows Recovery before Failure Occurs  Proactive Measures

In fact, Two out of five enterprises that experience a physical disaster go out of business within five years, regardless of their size.

Here are some of the preparations you can make:

  • Keep your computer up - to - date with Windows Update
  • Perform regular system backups.
  • Use current software to scan for malware (such as viruses, spyware, and adware) and make sure you have the most recent updates.
  • Perform regular administrative functions, such as monitoring the logs in the Event Viewer utility.

If you can ’ t start Windows 7, there are several options and utilities that can be used to identify and resolve Windows errors. The following is a broad list of troubleshooting  options:

  • If you have recently made a change to your computer ’ s configuration by installing a new device driver or application and Windows 7 will not load properly, you can use the Last Known Good Configuration, roll back the driver, or use System Restore to restore a previous system configuration.
  • If you can boot your computer to Safe mode, and you suspect that you have a system conflict, you can temporarily disable an application or processes, troubleshoot services, or uninstall software.
  • If your computer will not boot to Safe mode, you can use the Startup Repair tool to replace corrupted system files.
  • If necessary, you can use the Backup and Restore Center utility to restore personal files from backup media and to restore a complete image of your computer.
  • You can also use Driver Rollback. If you install a driver that causes issues on your system, you can use the Driver Rollback utility to return the driver to its previous version.

Windows 7 has a full backup and restore application to enable you to maintain a backup copy of any of the Windows 7 component files and data files that are considered critical to the operation of your day - to - day business. You can use the backup of the files to restore them if they become unusable (corrupt, deleted, or even modified and you want to go back to the original).

In case if you have failed to take proactive measures, and in such situation, you have the following recovery techniques, we will see that in details

■ Advanced Boot Options menu, including Safe mode

Startup Repair tool

Backup and Restore Center

■ System Protection

Note: We recommend that you use the Recovery Console only after Safe mode and other startup options do not work. The Recovery Console is recommended only if you are an advanced user who can use basic commands to identify and locate problem drivers and files. Additionally, you must be an administrator to use the Recovery Console.


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