I'll keep it short: my dad lives in an area that gets frequent power outages and it seems to be corrupting Windows (random freezes, blue screens, etc.). The strange part is he has his computer plugged into a backup battery (http://www.pcworld.com/product/pg/76718423/detail), but it doesn't seem to be working keeping his PC on when the power outage strikes. He also has his modem and phone plugged into the backup battery, and he says when the power goes out, those two stay on, but the computer doesn't. He's only had it for about 2 years, but could it be going bad already?
Any other suggestions are welcome.