Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Many people are faced with the problem of a computer crash or disk error problem,which cannot always be fixed normally by booting into windows and doing a disk scan,built into the windows operating system.Fortunately,there is a solution to that problem.First,you will need your windows installation cd that came with your computer.Power on your computer and start tapping the Delete,F2,or,F1 key,depending on the computer (Compaq..F2 or F1)and,Delete button,for others.You may have to repeat this procedure a couple times with each button,turning your computer off and back on again untill you finally see a setup screen appear.Once you see the setup screen,put your windows installation cd into the cdrom tray and close.Then you look up at the top,where you will see a menu of choices,main,advanced,boot,and so on.Some setup screens will be different,but most generally have a boot option on the main screen.If the boot option is under the advanced selection,you will need to use your right arrow keys to navigate over to highlite the Advanced selection then press enter.That will show a menu,where you will see "BOOT ORDER" or "FIRST BOOT DEVICE".If CDROM is already the first item in the list,then you don`t need to make any changes.If "HARD DRIVE",or IDE 0 is first in the list,you will need to change it to CDROM.To do this,make sure you highlite this line by using your up and down arrow keys just to the left of the calculater keys,which are located on the very right end of the keyboard.Once you have highlited the IDE selection,use the + (plus) or - (minus) keys on the calculator,and keep pressing untill you see it change to CDROM.After you are done this,you will see a menu at the bottom of the screen,where you will find "Save changes and exit",usually it`s the F10 key,just press the F10 key and choose "yes" to exit.If you are using the boot option and not advanced,you will need to highlite the "BOOT" option in the first screen when you first entered setup,then press ENTER and it will show you the Hard drive,Cdrom,and so on.Most computers are set to CDROM by default,so,you probably won`t have to do anything.Just choose F10 and wait a few seconds till you see "press any key to boot from cdrom",then you do just what it says..press ANY key you like,the computer will continue to boot from the CDROM and load the files from the CDROM,required to take you to the next step.Depending on the speed of your computer,it may only take a couple minutes.Next,you will see a blue screen with 3 choices.You will see "to install windows xp now press enter,to repair a windows xp installation using recovery console press R,to exit press ESC.You will choose the second one..to repair a windows xp installation using recovery console press R.The computer will continue to load the files it needs to perform any operations needed.You will see a black screen asking which windows installation you want to log onto,press the number 1 on your keyboard,indicating it is the windows installation C: ,then press ENTER.You may be asked for administrative password,just press enter.Now you are ready to tell the computer to check for any errors on your hard drive.You will type in the following command exactly as shown here,please do not type in the dots.... chkdsk c: r ...then press ENTER and the scan of your hard drive will begin.It may take 30-60 minutes,depending on the size of your hard drive and speed of your computer.While you wait,you may want to write this all down or just watch TV or watch the percent of the scandisk go up..it`s up to you.After the scan is finished,you will see a report,telling you that windows found and fixed one or more errors.You can now type exit and press ENTER.You will see press any key to boot from cdrom,do not press any keys,just let your computer continue to boot into windows.You can remove the cd after you are back into windows. *note*..these instructions apply to Windows xp.Other operating systems may be different.You may also prefer to have somebody with a good understanding of computers if you are not sure that you can do it by yourself.If you are not comfortable doing it by yourself and you attempt to do so,may lead to more problems and damage to your windows operating system.Good luck,I hope this will help a great deal,especially for those who are building a computer interest.
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