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Crashed Windows : No Problem

MS Windows, irrespective if its version, is famous for crashing. We have all witnessed the infamous "blue screen of death" once in a while. And when it does crash, we have to reinstall the operating system. Thus loosing the precious data that we have collected over the years. A long but avoidable sob story. Avoidable!!! Yes. Read on.When you install Windows, by default it is installed on C: drive in Windows directory. And all its successive directories are inside this Windows directory. So, if we reinstall Windows and do not take due precaution we will again use the same Windows and successive directories to install it, thus overwriting the previous ones. And thus destroying our data, as most of it lies in My Documents, including MY Pictures, My Videos, My Webs etc. How to avoid loosing the data? Well, very simple. Install Windows in a different directory, like WINXP or ABCD or whatever you like to name it. And get a new My Documents, My Pictures and so on and so forth. And when the PC/laptop has finally rebooted after the reinstall is over, you can go to the Windows directory and look for your old My Documents etc folders. And you will find that your old documents, pictures, videos and webs are all safe and available to you.One small problem though. Your C: drive may not be large enough for holding two copies of Windows installations. Well, in that case you can install the new copy on a different drive. What will happen is that C: drive would still be used but only for a small percentage of Windows and a huge chunk would be copied/written to the new drive.So, next time you see the blue screen of death, do not panic, just look straight into its eyes and do not shy away from reinstalling Windows.This, however should not lessen the importance of BACKUP. You still have to make a habit of backing up your data regularly. There is no short cut to hard work (read backup).

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