If your Windows XP PC is currently behaving itself then it might be a good idea to take a ‘snapshot’ of your system, which could prove useful to you, or an engineer if your computer suddenly throws a wobbly. There are various ways to do this, most of them involving creating a ‘log’ file, stored on your hard drive. Clearly that’s a fat lot of use if your PC won’t boot up so the best thing to do is create a printout of your key settings.
Here’s the simple Propellerhead method. Open System Properties by pressing Winkey + Break (or right-click My Computer and select Properties) then click Hardware > Device Manager. Click and highlight the Computer icon at the top of the tree then go to the Actions menu and select Print. Your Printer Properties dialogue box will open, click Print and it should start. Keep it in a safe place and don’t forget where, you never know when you might need it… For more great tips and tweaks check out the archive on the BootLog web site.