Recovering from BlueScreen (BSoD) Without Re-installing Windows

The stuff given below won’t work for all (there’s no gurantee :D)!!!

It most have happened atleast once to all of you, that your Windows got corrupted and a BlueScreen appeared whenever you tried to boot Windows.
If you have got a Windows Installation CD but you don’t want to re-install it again, then you can give a try to repairing it using the “Windows Recovery Console” present in the Windows Installation CD…
Boot your Windows Installation CD (check the BIOS settings if the CD dosen’t boots). Then:

  1. At the first installation prompt, press “R”, this should load the recovery console.
  2. Then type “chkdsk“(or “chkdsk C:“) in the recovery console…this would check your harddisk for errors and automatically fix it if any.
  3. Then type “fixboot“, this command will try to repair any boot damages done by viruses.
  4. Re-boot your PC and let the Windows load. If you’re lucky, Windows would load up or else you’ll again get a BSoD!!!
  5. Then there is still a way to recover your documents from the Windows Directory…Use a Linux LiveCD or something like that to backup your data that was present in the Windows Installation Directory (C:) & then re-install Windows :P
  6. If that fails too, or if you don’t know how to work on linux, then you can try the “Windows Automated System Recovery Console“.
  7. While at the first installation prompt, press enter and follow the processes till you reach the screen that shows you the installed Windows, then press R to try to repair it…things will go on automatic…

Note: Please report if any of the above steps are wrong ‘coz I had forgetten the procedures while writing this post :|

List of Computer Abbreviations

Here’s a list of Computer Acronyms that I’ve found over the net…

Click Here to download the below list as a Text file :D

Some really useful bits…

ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
AGP – Accelerated Graphics Port
ALI – Acer Labs, Incorporated
ALU – Arithmetic Logic Unit
AMD – Advanced Micro Devices
APC – American Power Conversion
ASCII – American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ASIC – Application Specific Integrated Circuit
ASPI – Advanced SCSI Programming Interface
AT – Advanced Technology
ATI – ATI Technologies Inc.
ATX – Advanced Technology Extended

— B —
BFG – BFG Technologies
BIOS – Basic Input Output System
BNC – Barrel Nut Connector

— C —
CAS – Column Address Signal
CD – Compact Disk
CDR – Compact Disk Recorder
CDRW – Compact Disk Re-Writer
CD-ROM – Compact Disk – Read Only Memory
CFM – Cubic Feet per Minute (ft?/min)
CMOS – Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor
CPU – Central Processing Unit
CTX – CTX Technology Corporation (Commited to Excellence)

— D —

DDR – Double Data Rate
DDR-SDRAM – Double Data Rate – Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
DFI – DFI Inc. (Design for Innovation)
DIMM – Dual Inline Memory Module
DRAM – Dynamic Random Access Memory
DPI – Dots Per Inch
DVD – Digital Versatile Disc
DVD-RAM – Digital Versatile Disk – Random Access Memory

— E —
ECC – Error Correction Code
ECS – Elitegroup Computer Systems
EDO – Extended Data Out
EEPROM – Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory
EPROM – Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory
EVGA – EVGA Corporation

— F —
FC-PGA – Flip Chip Pin Grid Array
FDC – Floppy Disk Controller
FDD – Floppy Disk Drive
FPS – Frame Per Second
FPU – Floating Point Unit
FSAA – Full Screen Anti-Aliasing
FS – For Sale
FSB – Front Side Bus

— G —
GB – Gigabytes
GBps – Gigabytes per second or Gigabits per second
GDI – Graphical Device Interface
GHz – GigaHertz

— H —
HDD – Hard Disk Drive
HIS – Hightech Information System Limited
HP – Hewlett-Packard Development Company
HSF – Heatsink-Fan

— I —
IBM – International Business Machines Corporation
IC – Integrated Circuit
IDE – Integrated Drive Electronics
IFS- Item for Sale
IRQ – Interrupt Request
ISA – Industry Standard Architecture
ISO – International Standards Organization

— J —
JBL – JBL (Jame B. Lansing) Speakers
JVC – JVC Company of America

– K —
Kbps – Kilobits Per Second
KBps – KiloBytes per second

— L —
LG – LG Electronics
LAN – Local Area Network
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LDT – Lightning Data Transport
LED – Light Emitting Diode

— M —
MAC – Media Access Control
MB ? MotherBoard or Megabyte
MBps – Megabytes Per Second
Mbps – Megabits Per Second or Megabits Per Second
MHz – MegaHertz
MIPS – Million Instructions Per Second
MMX – Multi-Media Extensions
MSI – Micro Star International

— N —
NAS – Network Attached Storage
NAT – Network Address Translation
NEC – NEC Corporation
NIC – Network Interface Card

— O —
OC – Overclock (Over Clock)
OCZ – OCZ Technology
OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer

— P —
PC – Personal Computer
PCB – Printed Circuit Board
PCI – Peripheral Component Interconnect
PDA – Personal Digital Assistant
PCMCIA – Peripheral Component Microchannel Interconnect Architecture
PGA – Professional Graphics Array
PLD – Programmable Logic Device
PM – Private Message / Private Messaging
PnP – Plug ‘n Play
PNY – PNY Technology
POST – Power On Self Test
PPPoA – Point-to-Point Protocol over ATM
PPPoE – Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet
PQI – PQI Corporation
PSU – Power Supply Unit

— R —
RAID – Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
RAM – Random Access Memory
RAMDAC – Random Access Memory Digital Analog Convertor
RDRAM – Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory
ROM – Read Only Memory
RPM – Revolutions Per Minute

— S —
SASID – Self-scanned Amorphous Silicon Integrated Display
SCA – SCSI Configured Automatically
SCSI – Small Computer System Interface
SDRAM – Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
SECC – Single Edge Contact Connector
SODIMM – Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module
SPARC – Scalable Processor ArChitecture
SOHO – Small Office Home Office
SRAM – Static Random Access Memory
SSE – Streaming SIMD Extensions
SVGA – Super Video Graphics Array
S/PDIF – Sony/Philips Digital Interface

— T —
TB – Terabytes
TBps – Terabytes per second
Tbps – Terabits per second
TDK – TDK Electronics
TEC – Thermoelectric Cooler
TPC – TipidPC
TWAIN – Technology Without An Important Name

— U —
UART – Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter
USB – Universal Serial Bus
UTP – Unshieled Twisted Pair

— V —
VCD – Video CD
VPN – Virtual Private Network

— W —
WAN – Wide Area Network
WTB – Want to Buy
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get

— X —
XGA – Extended Graphics Array
XFX – XFX Graphics, a Division of Pine
XMS – Extended Memory Specification
XT – Extended Technology

Rename All Files At Once

Imagine you have transferred images from all your devices such as Digital Camera, Mobile, etc. etc. into the same folder!
Everything seems fine, except…the file names…the devices had given a separate name to your image files, and you want them to be one.
Its really simple to rename all files at once.

  1. Just select all the files (Ctrl + A) and right-click on the first file and select “Rename…
  2. Rename the first ile and you will notice that all the files have been renamed by that name, ie. mypix.jpg, mypix(1).jpg, mypix(3).jpg

Was that tough?
You can also use this to rename any other files other than images :)

Exit A Progam Directly

What do you do when a program gets stuck? Most of you would try to close it by clicking the close button, by using Alt + F4 or by using the Taskmanager…all of these ways will give you errors and take-up a lot of time to close that program.

There’s another way to close a program without wasting any time and without getting any errors!

  1. Go to “Task Manager” (Windows Logo Key + R, then type “taskmgr” and hit Enter).
  2. Instead of closing the program by usng the “Applications” tab, go to “Processes” tab and look for the process which you want to close, check the description of the process to see if you are selecting the right process and then, press “Del” + “Enter“.
  3. For example, if my explorer windows are stuck while copy+pasting something, I would first end the process “explorer.exe” and then start it agian…

Clean-up Your Temp Folder

The “Temp” folder contains the temporary files in Windows. The files which are to be used by the system temporarily are stored in the Temp folder, like the files used by the running programs or the files waiting to be burned to a DVD.
The files in this folder are flushed after the computer is shut-down, but sometimes this doesn’t happens and the folder gets junky with some unuseful files which can result in the decrease in the performance of the system.
To avoid this, we can manually delete the temporary files manually, or by creating a BAT file that automatically cleans-up the Temp Folder (the hacker’s way).

Deleting manually:

  1. Type “%temp%” in Run (Windows Logo Key + R). This should pop-up the Temp folder.
  2. Select all the files (Ctrl + A) and delete them.

Deleting by using a BAT file:

  1. Copy the following to your favorite text editor and save it as “ClearTemp.bat” and select “All Files” in the “File Type“.
    del %temp% /F
  2. Confirm the action to delete the Temp files. Then it would give you a list of files which weren’t deleted because they were in use.