How to recover files from a PC that won’t boot?

Aibek January 18, 2010

For some mysterious reason my PC doesn’t boot after the latest Windows update. Any ideas on how to recover files if the repair doesn’t help. Do you think connecting the drive to another PC and copying files from it directly will work? Ownership issues?

  1. Indronil Mondal
    April 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

    use a live cd

  2. Akinlemibola Joe
    March 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Connecting it to another PC will work (they are your files right?).

  3. anks
    February 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    another gud way is to just insert ur os disk in ur pc , restart ur pc then select boot from cd/dvd.....option...
    then now select repair ur system option
    nw u can see many options ,,...
    just select command prompt....
    in command prompt window write regedit and hit enter.......
    now in FILE option SELECT IMPORT....
    NOW select all files option instead of .reg extension just next to file name text box......

    there u r nw u cn access all ur files nd important data ......
    nw just insert an external usb hard disk or pendrive and sen ur all by just using right click send option.......

    this method will definitely work coz i hv always recovered my data by this way .....

      June 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

      oh man thank u ure A LIFE SAVER

      • Anks
        June 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

        ur wlcm buddy....

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Another easy way is to boot with a live version of Linux, such as Ubuntu, or with the Vista Recovery disc.
    Either method will allow you to view and copy files to an external drive.
    This has the added advantage of not requiring a second PC, opening the case, and minimizing transferring a virus, which may have actually caused the original failure.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2010 at 2:09 am


      We have used Knoppix successfully for this. Create a CD for it to boot then the Hard Disk becomes a volume to play with and extract data. We usually set it up on a LAN to move data around. Of course, don't move viduses around when you try this.

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