Haven’t we all been in that situation? Where we all happily looking into our screens and typing way on our keyboard and all of a sudden, the screen just stopped responding? We’ve tried moving the mouse aggressively, have beaten the keyboard buttons to a pulp, but to no use. Our computers crashed, leaving us with many questions on how to recover our software and secure our drivers, but with no answers.
Your computer just crashed, now what?
Worried what you can do. No need to. Here are a couple of things that you can try when your computer crashes.
- Reboot your computer
The very first step to take when your computer crashes is to reboot it. However, depending on how severe the crash and how much you need to protect your data, you can choose the way it restarts.
- The Ctrl+Alt+Del approach
You can make use of Ctrl+Alt+Del keys and hold them. After pressing them the second time, your computer will restart while going through a proper shutdown, thereby not damaging the Registry or any other software.
- Shut down with the power button
You can shut your PC down directly by pressing the power button for a while or by cutting the power supply by flipping the switch connected to the computer. This method, however, doesn’t allow the computer for a proper shutdown and may result in some loss of data. To recover the same, you can any of these modes, to secure your data.
- Use Windows Advanced Boot Options
In case of a hard shutdown, the computer may have some data loss. To make sure it recovers fully, you can use the following modes from the Windows Advanced Boot Options during the reboot. The menu can be opened up by clicking the F8 key on your keyboard during the reboot.
- Start Windows Normally
If the crash wasn’t too big, you can start Windows normally, successfully restoring all your data and software.
- Last Known Good Configuration
This starts your computer with the information and data of your last successful boot, and therefore, usually results in minimal to no damage at all to your drivers.
- Safe mode with Networking
Safe mode restores a minimal version of Windows that also allows you to connect to the internet.
- Recover the data
The last step is to recover all of your data, if any is lost. While in safe mode, you can use the Windows Restore option.
Apart from that, windows repair option is also available on the Advanced Boot Options screen, which can be used. It is also essential to run an anti-virus program after the system reboot to make sure you’re safe from any viruses.