Drivers fail, files get corrupted, disks crash--there are numerous uncontrollable reasons why Windows might fail—and you’re left worrying that you have to toss out your old system and buy a new one. But all is not lost. Wes Miller explores  the kinds of things that can go wrong in a Windows system, and explains how you can troubleshoot them to get your system working again.

Our Utility Spotlight column also features tools that can help when you’re troubleshooting.