A big selection of emergency boot disks

Everybody who uses a PC should have some sort of emergency boot disk. Some day your computer may not start and what do you do then? That’s when the emergency boot disk is your best friend. Read an article I wrote and be prepared for start-up and other computer problems. Learn how to prepare an emergency boot medium on CD/DVD disks or USB keys with system repair and anti-virus features. Learn about the differing kinds of boot systems, all at this link.

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Good stuff.

I’ve been living by disk image for years, I don’t know how anyone survives without them. But I was surprised to learn that none of my in-laws uses or even knows about them (and they have problems all the time that images would easily fix). I was even more surprised to discover just how ungodly complicated they found it, to try and start using disk images themselves. Even with me trying to explain how to do it.

If you want to make sure you’re keeping your system clean, there’s just nothing like a good disk image. Provided you’ve done it right, stay off the internet as much as humanly possible while creating your base image, etc. It means you have to think ahead and download all the updates you’ll need in advance (how complicated! ahhh!!).

Guess I’m just not a normal user, and do not understand the mindset of the normal user. But I strongly suspect that “normal” users are a big part of why companies like Microsoft get away with the things they do.

Windows 7 provides a scheduled automatic backup to an external drive that I use regularly. But average people somehow just won’t back up. A backup to the cloud that occurs in the background is also available on a lot of systems but doesn’t get used. The restore process flummoxes a lot of people.

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