Don't buy preventive maintenance software - we can suggest just about everything for free (FWIW - the only thing that I don't know of for free is a bootable motherboard checking utility). For starters, here's a link to the Freeware replacements page here at BC: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
As for the confusion - that's natural. Everyone's trying to sell you something! I wouldn't be able to rip an ECM module apart to repair it if I didn't understand how it worked - so you can expect the same sort of learning curve with PC's (Please excuse me while I digress into lecture mode....)
The spirit of the online community is "users helping users". It's something that's kept this forum and others like it going for years. Even Microsoft recognizes the value of this with it's MVP (Most Valued Professional) award (and they provide perks to help us help out even more). I learned about computers years ago by breaking them. Then the tech would come in and fix them - and while he was fixing them he took the time to teach us what we'd done to break them. So that's why I'm here, I'm repaying this selfless tech's efforts by giving back to the community that gave freely to me when I was first learning.
The point is, that's why we're here. If you've got a question, go ahead and ask it. We'll reply (and will even disagree) - and the knowledge for everyone will increase from it.
The Recovery Console is a special way of getting Windows to boot into a "DOS-like" mode where you can do some stuff to fix it. It comes as a part of the Windows installation CD and has to be installed in order to use it. Different from this are the Recovery/Restore disks and partitions - which are designed by the computer manufacturers to restore your computer (without having to use the Recovery Console)
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