I think you want to make a system image, that would be the best solution. It can let you get a ruined (on the software and operating system side) machine back running in a good state within an hour. A system image effectively lets you reinstall windows, but rather than reinstalling it totally new with bloatware pre-installed and your programs not installed yet a system image lets you reinstall from the state the computer was in when you made the image. It will usually save SOME personal files and problely sva eyour internet favourites (whichever browser you use) but for the purpose of backing up files and bookmarks you are better to just write those files to a cd disc or USB drive. System images do backup files, but that is not thwir real purpose, they are designed to allow you to backup the system itself for quickly recovering it after a disaster.
You have not said which operating system you are using, if it is windows 8 (or in some cases windows 7 or windows 8.1) then the following guides will help you.
Windows 8 also has features called "refresh" and "reset" and "system restore" built in but these are not very reliable or particularly helpful, and although system repair discs can also be made they are not as helpful as system images.
If your operating system can't do the stuff detailed in the following guides you will need to use a third party imaging program, like Macrium (i think they do a free version and a paid one).http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/system-image-recovery-in-windows-7-8/http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/advanced-startup-options-menu-in-windows-8/
Edited by rp88, 02 January 2015 - 11:14 AM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB