No matter what you do to try to prevent them, major crashes can happen. But if you’ve planned ahead, it needn’t be a cause for panic. For Windows 8 You are provided with System Recovery Console. Otherwise, you can use system rescue cd. The free PC recovery kit we’re about to create will quickly get your PC running again or at least allow you to easily access your files. You’ll need a USB stick with about 2GB of space.
Create an emergency operating system
If Windows won’t even boot, having a back-up operating system that lets you get to your files and even search online for solutions to the problem is invaluable. SystemRescueCD is exactly that – a very basic operating system with a web browser and some other tools to help you get at your files if Windows stops working. What’s more, the whole thing can be installed and run from a USB stick.
First, get a spare USB stick with a capacity of 1GB or more. Navigate to Computer, right-click the memory stick and select Format. Under ‘File system’ pick FAT32, then click Start and OK. Now go to www.sysresccd.org/Download. If you see a large green Download button ignore it because it’s an advert. Instead look into the box below it and click the blue ‘SourceForge download’ link. The 423MB file could take a while to download depending on your connection speed.
You also need to download an installer. Once both are downloaded, open the installer (it has the file name sysresccdinstaller- 1.4.0.exe). Click Select and locate the 423MB file you downloaded – it’ll be in the place your browser downloads files to and will have the name systemrescuecd -x86-3.8.1. Click and then open it. Select your USB stick from the dropdown menu and then click Install. The USB stick now has the operating system installed and is ready to use. When the time comes that you need SystemRescueCD, turn off your computer and insert the USB stick it is installed on. Turn on your computer and a screen will appear asking you to select which version of SystemRescueCD you want to run. Press Enter to choose option 1) SystemRescue CD : defaultbootoptions’.
After a few seconds, it will ask you to pick a default keyboard layout. There’s no need to scroll through the whole list. Just type 40 then press Enter to sele ct the UK/British layout. Next you’ll be asked whether you want to boot to the graphical interface. Type startx and press Enter and the operating system will boot into the graphical version. You’ll now see the SystemRescueCD Desktop. If your computer is connected to the internet via Ethernet, it will be online automatically.
To connect to a wireless network click the small icon depicting two computer monitors in the bottom-right corner, select your wireless network, enter the password and click Connect.
Get to your important files
Next, use SystemRescueCD to find all your important files. First, rightclick anywhere on the Desktop, click Accessories then SpaceFM. On the left you’ll see a list of drives, one of which will be your main hard drive. It may take a bit of searching, but by navigating around you should be able to find just about anything on your computer. Make sure you copy any precious pictures and videos you don’t have backed up elsewhere and any important documents you need to access. Once you’ve located them, copy these files to a USB stick or external hard drive.
Right-click a file or folder (or click and drag to select more than one), then click Copy and select the USB stick or external hard drive as the destination. Next, right-click in the left pane, then click Paste and all the files and folders you had copied will be saved to the USB drive.
Browse the Internet From System Rescue
If you can’t get online using Windows, then you can use the web browser included here. Right-click the Desktop, select Internet and then Midori. The browser works exactly like Firefox and Chrome, but with all the fancy bits taken out. It is still perfectly usable for searching Google or checking emails.