How to Survive an Operating System Crash
by Patty Gale – © 2005 all rights reserved
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It happens to the best of us. A complete operating system failure. One
day you might turn on your PC and that dreadful message is on your
screen as plain as day. You don’t know what you could have possibly
done, as your computer was working fine just a little while ago.
Panic is usually the first thing to set in. Something like an operating
system failure can literally put home business owners out of business
indefinitely. The cost and time involved in trying to repair a PC
and the months or even years of lost information is overwhelming and
frightening to think about.
This doesn’t have to happen to you if you are prepared.
When you think about it, our businesses are at the mercy of technology.
The technology is only as good as long as it’s working properly. What a
wonderful world we would live in if technology were flawless.
The reality is that systems fail. Computers are machines and machines
sometimes break down. It doesn’t get any simpler that than. We have
no other choice than to be prepared for when those times come,
especially IF we want to make sure our home business suffers very
little down time.
There are some very easy things you can do right now to make ensure your
peace of mind for your business. You need to be back up and running as
quickly as possible in the event of an operating system crash.
- Document everything including usernames, passwords, merchant account
numbers, important websites and especially software unlock codes.
Anything that is not written down on paper is subject to being lost.
- Back up your hard-drive as necessary for how often you have new
updates that you cannot afford to lose or rebuild.
** Important! If you have to completely reinstall your operating system,
the “My Documents” folder is usually lost. Make sure you don’t forget
this folder when you do the back up.
- Make sure all of your .exe, zip and software install files are on a
disk. This is easily done by backing them up or burning them onto a
CD. You should already have the system restoration and any other
store-bought software disks handy.
The actual repair or reinstall of your operating system may be simple, or it
may be complicated. If you are well versed in this area, you may be
able to restore the system yourself. If you’re like most of us, you
may have to call a computer repair professional.
When your PC is restored, you will be able to simply reinstall your
software and document files from the disks you created. If you have
access to a secondary PC, you can install your programs on the backup
computer in the interim.
Regardless, you will rest much easier knowing that you have taken some
basic steps necessary to prepare yourself and protect your business.
This very same scenario happened to me just recently. It could have
been a disaster for my business, but it wasn’t. I was prepared, and was
back up and running within 24 hours.
Don’t wait until it’s too late.
About the Author:
Patty Gale is a successful entrepreneur who specializes in
personalization and customer care for all of her clients. She
exchanged her suits, hose and heels to work from home in her “jammies”
and is on a mission to empower others to do the same.
She may be reached at: http://www.Home-Office-Recovery-Plan.com