Here's a selection of useful tools to help you start up a recalcitrant PC.

This article appears in the May 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

Active SMART Helps monitor your hard drive.

BartPE Create a bootable disc for your PC.

BIOS Agent Provides system information and identifies your Bios.

Bootdisks A selection of startup files for various operating systems.

Boot Switcher 2.0 Boot between different operating systems on the fly.

CPU-Z Gathers information on devices in your system.

DriveHealth 2.4 Another useful utility to keep track of your hard drive.

Hard Disk Indicator 1.5 Displays information about your hard drive.

Motherboard Monitor Keep an eye on motherboard problems.

System Analyser Provides useful information about hard- and software.