How to Prevent Data Loss
and Corruption Due to Power Failures?
Have you noticed slow downs, lock ups and blue screens on your new Windows
XP computer? There's a good chance that there's nothing wrong with Windows XP
or your computer hardware. The fact is that the quality of the power we get
from the utilities isn't what it used to be. There are perceptible increases
and decreases in power that can wreck havoc on your Windows XP computer. The
solution is a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). A UPS guarantees a smooth
flow of power and protects you from data loss, program and operating system
corruption in the event of a power failure. You can make the Windows XP Power
Management feature work with your UPS to protect your system. Here's how:
- Click Start and then click Control Panel.
- Make sure the Control Panel is in Classic View, and then open the Power
- In the Power Options Properties dialog box, click on the Alarms
- On the Alarms tab, put a checkmark in the Activate critical battery
alarm when power level reaches checkbox, and move the slider to 20%
- Click the Alarm Action button
- In the 'Critical Battery Alarm Actions' dialog box, put a checkmark in
the 'Sound Alarm' checkbox. Put a checkmark in the 'When the alarm goes
off, the computer will' checkbox, and then select the 'Hibernate' option
from the drop down list box. Put a checkmark in the 'Force stand by or
shutdown even if a program stops responding' checkbox. This might cause
loss of open files, but your program file and operating system will be
protected, as will the rest of your files.
- Click OK, then click Apply and then OK.
When you get your UPS in place, there's an excellent chance that those
random blue screens and lock up will go away.