Any Windows System Repair is an all-inclusive software package that will boot up crashed computer from a bootable CD/DVD/USB, and fix computer booting problems, repair corrupted Windows system and provide other functions like find Windows password & product key, Office product keys, partition, clone hard disk, and etc.
We divide this tutorial into four parts according to functions (Windows Rescue, Password &Key Recovery, Data Recovery, and Disk Tools), and one additional part: How to Create a bootable CD/DVD/USB which is a compulsory step before you enter the WinPE environment to use the above four functions.
Part 1: Create a Bootable CD/DVD/USB Flash Drive
Step 1: Download Fix Genius on another workable computer and insert a CD/DVD disk into the CD-ROM drive or connect USB Flash Drive into a USB port on it.
Step 2: Fix Genius will check your CD/DVD-Writer or USB flash drive automatically. If the burning software can't find either of them, please specify it manually.
Step 3: Click "Burn" to start burning.
How to Boot Windows from Burned CD/DVD?
Step 1: Insert newly created Fix Genius CD/DVD into your computer.
Step 2: Turn on the computer. As it starts it should display an option to enter the system set up menu, or BIOS, commonly reached by keys like DELETE, F1, F2, F10, F12 or Alt+S. Use whichever keystroke is indicated on screen. In some cases your computer may display a graphic while it starts. Typically, pressing Esc will dismiss the graphic and allow you to see the necessary messages.
Find the setting that controls which devices the system boots from. This is usually labeled as the "Boot Order" and commonly shown as a list of devices, such as Floppy, CD-ROM, First Hard Disk, and so on.
Make sure that CD-ROM is selected as a first priority boot device. Make the change, then save and exit. (In case of doubt, you should consult the manual that came with your computer, and/or its motherboard.) The computer should now restart.
Some computers have option to boot once from CD-ROM/HDD/Floppy/USB device. Keep tapping the F8 button at boot time and then choose to boot from CD-ROM when boot menu comes up.
The rest of this section contains detailed description of this procedure for different motherboard and BIOS vendors.
1. Setting up AMI BIOS
AMI BIOS usually requires you to press "DEL" key to enter setup.
Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: set first boot device to CDROM and second boot device to HARD DRIVE. Now you can press "F10" to save settings.
2. Setting up Award BIOS
On Award Bios you will see something like this screen. Press a key required to enter BIOS setup:
Now choose Advanced Bios Features.
And set First Boot Device to CDROM and Second or third to HDD-0 and Press F10 to save it.
3. Setting up Dell BIOS
On some Dell Systems you can enter BIOS by pressing F2.
Now choose Boot Sequence and then assign CD-ROM to first position by pressing - and + and press space to enable it (when enabled, it is marked by asterisk *). Press ESC and choose "save settings and exit".
On some Dell Systems you can press F12 to boot from CD one time.
4. Setting up Phoenix BIOS
Press F2 to enter BIOS setup:
Press F2 to enter BIOS setup:
And set Boot Sequence to A, CDROM, C. Then press Esc and F10 to save it.
How to Boot Windows from Burned USB Flash Drive?
Step 1: Insert newly created Windows Repair Genius USB Flash Drive to your computer.
Step 2: Please reboot your computer and press "F2" or "Delete" or "F10" to enter your BIOS setup.
As it starts it should display an option to enter the system set up menu, or BIOS, commonly reached by keys like DELETE, F1, F2, F10, F12 or Alt+S. Use whichever keystroke is indicated on screen. In some cases your computer may display a graphic while it starts. Typically, pressing Esc will dismiss the graphic and allow you to see the necessary messages.
Step 3: Look for a tab or menu relating to booting in the BIOS setup software's opening screen. In this example, it's simply called "BOOT" and can be accessed by using the tab and/or arrow keys to highlight the word "BOOT" on the menu bar. Once there, hit enter, and you'll see a submenu that's specific to how the PC boots.
Step 4: Using the tab "and/or "arrow keys, select "Hard Disk Drives", and hit "Enter".
Step 5: Select the "1st Drive", hit "Enter".
Step 6: Select the "USB: your USB brand", in the example it is "USB: Kingston DTG (4G)", and hit "Enter" to Set the USB Flash drive as the first bootable option.
Step 7: When you're done with the BIOS setup program, using the tab and/or arrow keys to navigate to the EXIT menu, select the option for saving the changes you just made, and then reboot. (In many BIOSes, a special key--often the F10 key--will save, exit, and reboot in one step.) . When your computer restarts, it will boot from the USB flash drive.
Part 2: Rescue Corrupted Windows and Fix Booting Issues
After your computer boots up from CD/DVD/USB flash drive, you will enter the main interface of Fix Genius under Win PE environment. If you are encountering computer crash, select "Windows Rescue" Tab.
Fix Crash Issues
According to your crashing symptoms, select the best solution to fix crash issues:
Crash before Loading Bar: If your computer always crashes with a black screen before you get to the Windows loading bar, select this solution. And try all the fix methods one by one until you enter Windows successfully: "Boot File Recovery", "MBR Recovery", "Boot Sector Recovery", and "Disk Check". Then follow the wizard to finish the Windows repair.
Crash on Loading Bar: If your computer crashes or freezes with black/blue screen at Windows loading bar or Welcome screen, or it keeps rebooting repeatedly, select this solution. And try all the fix methods one by one until you enter Windows successfully: "Microsoft System Restore", "Registry Recovery", and "Registry Editor". Then follow the wizard to finish the Windows repair.
Crash after Loading Bar: If you are able to get into Windows occasionally, but your computer keeps crash randomly, select this solution. And try all the fix methods one by one until your computer works normally: "Memory Diagnostic", "Microsoft System Restore", and "Registry Recovery". Then follow the wizard to finish the Windows repair.
Backup or Restore Windows System
If you want to restore Windows system by using the backup tool in this software or Microsoft backup tool, go on for details:
Microsoft System Restore: System Restore can return your PC's system files and programs to a time when everything was working fine, as long as you turn on "System Restore" option that regularly creates and saves restore points on your computer. Select this solution and follow the wizard to finish the Windows restore.
Windows Backup: Backup your computer is highly suggested before you get started to repair your Windows system. The function "Windows Backup" in this suite is capable of backing up entire Windows, or core parts of it such as DPT (Disk Partition Table), Registry and MBR to a internal disk or external disk.
Windows Restore: If your computer crashed and you have backed up your system with this tool before, then select "Windows Restore" to restore the backup file.
Reinstall Windows System: This is the last step we recommended troubleshooting. The reinstall process wipes all the data on the hard drive. Before reinstalling, you had better find out Windows product key, Office product key and others to minimize your data loss.
Part 3: Recover Windows Password & Find Product Keys
If you are preparing to reinstall Windows, you are suggested finding out some of Microsoft product keys for further use. Click "Password & Key Recovery" Tab.
Windows Password Reset: Select "Windows Password Reset", and then follow the wizard to reset lost Windows administrator or other user password.
Product Key Recovery: Select "Product Key Recovery", and then follow the wizard to find out product keys for Windows, Office, and SQL Server.
Part 4: Recover Data from Corrupted Windows Computer
If you want to recover lost data from a crashed computer, click "Data Recovery" Tab.
If you inadvertently deleted your files, select this recovery mode and follow the wizard to finish data recovery.
If you lost files from hard drive or partition that is formatted, select this recovery mode and follow the wizard to finish data recovery.
If you lost data due to partition loss, partition deleting, and partition error, select this recovery mode and follow the wizard to finish data recovery.
Select this mode if you failed with the modes above. It will recover data with deep scan.
Part 5: Backup & Restore, Repartition and Wipe Hard Drive
Clone, Backup & Restore
If you need to manage your hard drive and data, click "Disk Tools".
Clone Entire Disk: If you need to replace your former disk or upgrade to a larger one, select "Clone Entire Disk" and follow the wizard to clone entire disk including Windows, programs, files and personal settings to a new disk.
Disk Backup: If you need to back up the whole hard disk in case of hard disk corruption, select "Disk Backup" and follow the wizard to save and compress the image files to another external hard disk.
Disk Restore: If you backed up your whole hard disk before, you can select "Disk Restore" to extract the compressed image files and restore the disk.
Clone One Partition: If you need to clone one partition to a different partition, select "Clone One Partition" and follow the wizard to clone one partition to any other partition on the same hard disk, removable hard disk, USB flash drive, and etc.
Partition Backup: If you need to back up the entire partition for periodical maintenance, select "Partition Backup" and follow the wizard to finish backup.
Partition Restore: If you preciously backed up your partition, you can select "Partition Restore" to restore it to a previous status.
If you want to perform partitioning function, select "Partition Manager".
How to Resize a Partition
To maximize use your hard disk or save drive space, you need to resize a partition: extend a partition or shrink a partition. To extend a partition, there must be unallocated space on your hard drive. If not, you need to shrink other partitions to free up unallocated space. Also, the unallocated space should be next to the partition which you're going to extend.
- Step 1: Select the partition you need to shrink or extend, click "Move/Resize" on the top menu.
- Step 2: Drag the slide bar or directly input the partition size to set partition size.
- Step 3: Click "OK" to confirm. Click "Apply" to perform the operation. Then the partition has been successfully shrunken.
How to Create a Partition
To create a partition, there must be unallocated space on your hard drive. If not, you need to shrink other partitions to free up unallocated space.
- Step 1: Select the unallocated space on your hard drive, click "Create" button.
- Step 2: Enter partition properties. Here you can enter the file system, partition label, drive letter, partition type and cluster size of the new partition.
- Step 3: After setting partition properties, click "Yes". Click "Apply" to perform the operation.
How to Format a Partition
- Step 1: Select the partition you would like to format, click "Format" button.
- Step 2: Select the file system, drive letter and allocation unit size in the next popup.
- Step 3: And then click "Yes" button. Click "Apply" to perform the operation.
How to Delete a Partition
- Step 1: Select the partition you would like to delete, click "Delete" button.
- Step 2: And then click "Yes" button. Click "Apply" to perform the operation.
Step 1: Choose Data Wipe and click "Data Wipe" button.
Step 2: Here you have 3 options: Wipe Partition, Wipe Specific Folders and Wipe Files. Select the one you want, here we take Wipe Specific Folders for example.
Step 3: Click "Add" to load the folders you want to delete data, you can add several folders to wipe simultaneously. You can also click "Remove" to remove the folder you imported mistakenly.
Note: The wiped data can't be recovered by any recover tool, so please confirm the list before the operation.
Step 4: Highlight the folder(s) you want to wipe data and click "Next" to delete all data in it. After that you can click "Save As" to save your deletion record.