Windows 10 and Windows 8 have a built-in facility to refresh/reset your computer if you have a major problem, so you can reinstall Windows and use your computer if the worst happens. The problem is that Windows 10 has only 25% market share (as at February 2017) and Windows 8 has even less, 8% – compared to Windows 7 that still has 48% of the market. So if you still have Windows 7, how would you reinstall it?
In the past when you bought a new computer, it came with DVD discs called ‘Recovery discs’ which contained a copy of Windows software that the manufacturer put on the computer at the factory. These discs were used as a last resort to reinstall Windows and basically put the computer back to the state that it was in fresh out of the factory (that is without your own files such as photographs, etc.) should it be necessary.
In recent years, most computer manufacturers stopped supplying these Recovery discs and instead placed a copy (called an ‘image’) on a part of the computer hard drive. So long as the hard drive and/or the information on it are intact, then you can reinstall Windows using that image instead of a Recovery disc.
If there is something wrong with the hard drive itself, you are stuck with no way of repairing your computer without paying for the manufacturer to send you out a Recovery disc and waiting for it to arrive, sometimes taking weeks. Or worse still, buying a copy of the operating system again.
Luckily, manufacturers put a program on computers that allow you to create a Recovery image automatically. By creating this Recovery image, you are giving yourself that extra chance of reinstalling Windows on your computer, without more cost and delays.
Unfortunately we find that most people do not make this Recovery backup, so we strongly recommend that you find the program on your computer now and create a Recovery image as soon as you can. It’s never too late to get that extra peace of mind and you may be glad that you did.
If you would like help to create recovery images, give us a call on 01455 209505. We’d be happy to help.