When you get your brand new laptop thoughts of things going wrong are rightly far from your mind. Planning for the worst however is always a good idea as the more prepared you are the easier it will be to recover your documents stored on your laptop should the need arise. Thankfully Windows has more than one way to protect you from losing data and ensuring you are protected. Boring though that may be, is really easy.

The Windows operating system is the brains of your laptop and should it break the results can be disastrous. Thankfully you can create a rescue drive to repair any damage to the system and help you to replace it with a fresh and working version. With just a blank DVD or USB memory stick and a few clicks of your mouse you can create a Windows system recovery drive.

To get started with your system restore drive, open Control Panel. Control Panel is accessible via the Start menu in Windows 7, or in Windows 8 by going to the Search charm and typing Control Panel, then clicking on the Control Panel option. When control panel has opened click on Recovery and underneath the Advanced Recovery Tools click on Create a recovery drive.  Plug in a USB memory stick to your PC, You’ll need a memory stick with at least 256MB of space. After a few seconds the drive will show up and all you have to do is click Next and follow the rest of the wizard. If you’d prefer to use a CD or DVD then at the first step after you’ve clicked on Create a recovery drive select the option Create a system repair disc with a CD or DVD instead.

Now, if something does go wrong with your PC then all you have to do to recover your system is insert the disk and restart.

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