How I bricked/pwnd my PC.

First off, let me be the first to tell you that this is the first time I’ve written an article like this but it’s extremely helpful, which is why you should keep reading this.

Just a couple of days ago I was doing some work on my computer and decided that it was time for my weekly maintenance. After I got rid of all the unwanted software I had on the computer I started shredding small files, funny pictures and a few other things. Eventually, I worked my way to cleaning the registry and THAT’S when I bricked my computer.

Usually, whenever I clean my registry nothing bad happens and I usually see an increase in computer speed. Today was different… very different. After cleaning ( or purging in this case ) my computer and allowing it to reboot, the computer ended up being stuck in an infinite boot loop! I was perplexed as to why it kept rebooting and let it do so a couple of times before I tried troubleshooting the problem. Now, when you’re stuck in an infinite boot loop most people restore their computer from an earlier point in time, auto repair the computer, boot in safe mode or just re-install their operating system and keep their files. Before you jump the gun, NO, none of these methods worked. I even a tried a few “black hat” methods to get my computer up and running again only to fail ( I really didn’t feel like doing it ).

Now, the best part about this is that I ended up having to delete everything off of my computer and re-installing a fresh copy of Windows. Most people would be bummed out by this and I was for a moment, until I remembered that reinstalling Windows gives you to option to erase and or keep your files while reinstalling. If you remember, earlier I told you that I already tried re-installing Windows and keeping my files keeping my files but unfortunately it didn’t work. I started to realize that my Windows and Windows.old folders were on the main hard drive while my secondary internal hard drive was where all my significant files were.

What made this so special and important you ask? This is important because me putting all of my work files on a secondary hard dive saved me from deleting it all when my computer messed up. When you erase your files and restore your computer you only erase the files that were on the same drive that your version of Windows was installed on.