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How to avoid formatting your PC ?

Sometimes your Windows crashes or has corrupt system files & will not boot into windows. At this point, you may need to format PC or laptop (assuming you have tried all other options such as going into safe mode etc)

However if you don't have enough time or the CDs needed therefore no need to panic. I'll just tell you something having 80%+ chances to work.
You'll need another good working PC. Remove your affected Hard Disk, put it in another PC or plug it using an USB external casing.
Now, power on the PC. On booting the PC having the correct system will detect System errors etc... & recover,restore system files. If it doesn't correct the errors go to 'my computer/select the HDD/ properties/tools & check your HDD errors!
It'll be more than 80% chance that it works! I have tried it on many PCs & believe me it really helps.
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