If you have lost your password, or if you are unable to start up windows and it seems like you would have to do a fresh install of windows.
In the process you may lose all your files, if the drive is formatted, to avoid that happening download ubuntu and burn it to a cd.
- A working computer w/ cd burning capability
- 1 empty CD-R disk
- External hard drive (USB) for backing up your files.
download ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/
and burn it to a cd, then start up from the disc and back up your files into the external usb
drive. The downloading and burning of the disc, the ubuntu
site explains and has everything you need for this task.
Start your machine with the cd, and connect the usb
hard drive. if the machine does not start from the cd, confirm that the disc works on another computer and make sure its clean, then check the boot order by following my tip on troubleshooting boot cd issues.
with the cd in the drive and it starts up, take the option to Try ubuntu
without any change to your computer.
, it is quite like a windows system, its as simple
to use as windows is.
, with the external usb
drive connected, on the desktop
On the top right you have places, from there you can get into your computers
hard drive and then on the usb
drive, just copy your files from
there to the external just like you would do with a windows computer
.Things that you want to back up
documents and settings your user name --- this place contains your personal data in most cases
any other place that you know contains something important.that is
the most important place and that is
where most of the files are stored
, of course
you will know better what and where they are.Things that you don't want to back up
program files, contains the installed programs of your computer, most of the time it is not a good idea to back up these files as programs need to be reinstalled when a new install of windows is made, since we are not backing up registry entries for the programs they may not work properly.
windows, contains the windows installation very rarely would you have anything important there, ignore it
temp, contains temporary files, unless you stored something important there ignore it.
If you kept something important in the recycle bin you can possibly find a hidden folder of recycler
or similar in the drive where you may find some of your files, do not store your content in the recycle bin, it is not a good idea to store anything there.
When you have backed up your files you can do a fresh install of windows, for help in that please see my tips and tricks section for more guidance.