How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters

I just came across a pretty good article in PC World magazine that I thought could help out quite a number of you out there. So, I went out and found the link to the article on their website for those interested:

PC World – How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters

The writer, Christopher Null, goes through some of the common problem scenarios that home users face on their computers or with their network. Here are some of the scenarios discussed:

  • Your computer won’t boot
  • You just told off the CEO in an e-mail and instantly regret it
  • No PCs show on the network
  • Your identity has been stolen!
  • Your Net connection is dead
  • You’re being sued by the RIAA/MPAA
  • Your device just got doused with water–or worse
  • You’re inundated with pop-ups when you boot your PC (adware/spyware infestation)
  • You deleted a critical file–and have no backup
  • Your hard drive has crashed
  • You forgot your Windows password
  • Your presentation just croaked

He goes on to help with some troubleshooting steps to take as well as how to avoid the problems in the future. It was an interesting article, and although it’s not full-proof, nothing in the troubleshooting world is… but it’s definitely worth checking out.

Keep in mind that if you’re looking for some detailed preventative measures you can take to avoid problems like losing critical files or step-by-step instructions on recovering from situations where your hard drive crashes, Just the Computer Essentials is what you need.

The Just the Computer Essentials book was written specifically to help users that desire something other than technical jargon. The book has over 200 screenshots so you get to see step-by-step how to accomplish the task needed. And it’s written more like a conversation to keep the technical stuff from flying over your head. Check it out at

— Jim