How Not to Kill Your Computer
A word of warning.
When your computer locks up and becomes unresponsive, try EVERYTHING first EXCEPT holding down the power button to force it to shut down. The laptop on the right is a new Toshiba to replace the 3 year old Lenovo where a client did exactly that.
The results were a Windows environment with a corrupt registry that was completely un-bootable. Upon removing the hard drive, it was unreadable in any other Windows machine. The MacBook on the left is retrieving 130+ Gigs of data from the hard drive to transfer to the new Toshiba.
Several files were corrupt and could not be recovered, as their internal data was scrambled during the forced power-down.
The bill for this little episode will not be small.
To avoid this:
On a Windows machine:
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task Manager. You may have to wait for awhile. You can also access Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- Select Programs
- Highlight any program that is not responding and click the button to close the program.
- Keep doing this for any non-responsive applications.
- Close Task Manager.
- See if you can now shut down the computer normally.
On a Mac:
- Command+Tab to Finder.
- Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Select Force Quit on any unresponsive applications.
- Confirm your selection
- Close the Force Quit dialog.
- You should now be able to shut your computer down normally.
Note: All computers like to be rebooted at least every few days to clear the junk processes that do not unload themselves from memory.
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