A user installs a new video driver on a computer that was working properly. After the new driver is installed and the computer is restarted, the computer fails to boot. How can the user quickly return the computer to a working state?
- Restart the PC with the Windows System Recovery disc and use the Startup Repair utility.
- Press F8 while the computer is booting and choose the Last Known Good Configuration option.
- Boot the system with the original Windows installation media and choose the Repair Your Computer option.
- Press F8 while the computer is booting and choose the Start Windows Normally option.
Pressing F8 while booting a Windows PC will present a set of advanced startup options, including Safe Mode and Last Known Good Configuration. Last Known Good Configuration boots the system using the drivers and settings that were present the last time the system was successfully booted, and can be used to quickly restore a system that has stopped working. It’s important to remember that Last Known Good Configuration will only work immediately after a failure. If the system boots successfully to Windows, it will overwrite the Last Known Good Configuration info and it will no longer be useful in recovering the system.