Things to know about your computer

Computer and Information Systems Manager
Computer and Information Systems Manager

What is a recovery partition in windows?

A recovery partition is a special section of a computer’s hard drive that contains files and instructions for restoring the system to its factory default state. In Windows, the recovery partition typically contains a copy of the operating system and other important system files, as well as tools for troubleshooting and repairing the system. The recovery partition is typically hidden from the user and is accessed by pressing a specific key combination during the boot process. This allows users to restore their system to its original state without the need for a separate installation disc or USB drive.

What is an EFI system partition?

An EFI system partition (ESP) is a partition on a computer’s hard drive that is used to store the files and instructions necessary to start the computer’s operating system. The EFI system partition is typically used on computers that use the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) or Unified EFI (UEFI) firmware, which replaces the traditional BIOS firmware found on most older computers. The EFI system partition is usually a small, hidden partition on the hard drive that is used by the computer’s firmware to boot the operating system. It typically contains the boot loader, which is a program that loads the operating system and other necessary files into memory and starts the computer. In some cases, the EFI system partition may also be used to store other system-level files, such as device drivers or diagnostic tools.

What is a system Image?

A system image is a copy of the entire contents of a computer’s hard drive, including the operating system, installed programs, and user data. It is typically used to restore a computer to its original state in the event of a hardware failure or other disaster. A system image contains an exact replica of the computer’s hard drive at the time the image was created, so restoring from a system image will overwrite any changes that have been made to the system since the image was created. System images are typically created using special backup software, such as the System Image Backup utility in Windows. They are typically stored on an external hard drive or other removable media, such as a DVD or USB drive, so that they can be used to restore the system if the original hard drive becomes damaged or corrupted.

What is Volume Shadow Copy in windows?

Volume Shadow Copy is a feature in Windows that allows users to create point-in-time copies of files, known as shadow copies, on a computer. These shadow copies can be used to restore files to a previous state in the event that they are accidentally deleted or modified. The Volume Shadow Copy feature uses a built-in service called the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create and manage shadow copies. The VSS service works by creating snapshots of the files on a computer at regular intervals, allowing users to restore files to a previous version if necessary. Shadow copies can be created manually by users, or they can be created automatically by the VSS service. The shadow copies are stored in a hidden folder on the computer’s hard drive, and they can be accessed through the Previous Versions tab in the properties of a file or folder.

Type in command prompt (cmd) vssadmin list shadows to see all shadow copies.

How to see mounted drives on windows system?

To see the list of mounted drives on a Windows computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar.
  2. In the File Explorer window, click on “This PC” in the left navigation pane.
  3. In the main window, you will see a list of all the drives that are currently mounted on the computer, including any hard drives, optical drives, and removable storage devices.
  4. To see more detailed information about a drive, right-click on the drive and select “Properties” from the context menu. This will open the Properties window for the selected drive, where you can see the drive’s capacity, file system, and other information.

Alternatively, you can use the command prompt to view the list of mounted drives and including hidden and system drives that don’t normally show using File Explorer on the computer. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the command prompt by typing “cmd” into the search box on the taskbar and pressing Enter.
  2. In the command prompt window, type “mountvol” and press Enter. This will display a list of all the drives that are currently mounted on the computer, along with their drive letters and volume names.

Please note that these instructions may vary slightly depending on the version of Windows you are using.

Other common questions that will be answers next are the following.

  1. How do I connect to the internet?
  2. How do I create a new user account on my computer?
  3. How do I change the wallpaper on my desktop?
  4. How do I install a new program on my computer?
  5. How do I recover a lost or forgotten password?
  6. How do I check for and install updates for my operating system?
  7. How do I clean up and speed up my computer?
  8. How do I create a backup of my important files?
  9. How do I troubleshoot common computer problems?
  10. How do I protect my computer from viruses and other malware?