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You Will Need
- External drive
- Computer expert
Back up information
Back up important documents and information to an external drive at least once a month. This will lessen the blow of a system crash.
Walk away from your computer after a crash. Take a deep breath and don't panic. Return when you are able to think clearly and make logical, stress-free decisions.
Wait for tomorrow
Wait for tomorrow if you suffer a computer crash late in the day or at night. Give the computer -- and yourself -- a break.
Restart the computer and undo everything you did up until the crash including uninstalling programs, deleting downloads, and unplugging a new device.
Turn it off
Turn off your computer if it won't boot. If there is an error message asking you a question and you don't know the answer, don't guess, but don't turn it off, either.
Call an expert
Call an expert if your troubleshooting leads nowhere. Often it takes a professional to discover the real problem with special software.