System Restore is an excellent tool that allows you to restore the previous state of Windows and its settings. This is useful when you encounter problems with drivers that destabilize the system or the failed software. However, sometimes, some of the changes you make may affect your system so that you can not log in to Windows. What can you do to make Windows work again? You start the system restore and then use it to restore Windows operation.
If there is no administrator account on the system, you can boot into safe mode to access the built-in administrator account. From this secure account, you can force the reset of your account password.
- Press + I to display the Settings menu.
- Click the Power Options icon, and then hold down the Shift key as you click the Restart option. Hold down the Shift key until the screen indicates that it is restarting.
- On the first screen that appears, select Troubleshooting, then Advanced Options. Finally, select Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
- On the next screen, press 4 to select safe mode.
Now that you are in safe mode, you can use the built-in backup administrator account to perform the necessary recovery. The built-in administrator account should not be used for other purposes, otherwise it will not be available in situations like this when you need it.
- On the login screen, click the arrow icon and select the Administrator account.
- After you start safe mode, press + W and open Control Panel / User Accounts.
- Select Manage another account and select the account you want to change to an administrator account. You can also use the Change Password option here to reset the password for the other account.When you are done, restart the computer normally.
- Once you have started using one of the methods described above, you get a blue screen that shows you several options, similar to the one below. Choose Troubleshoot.
- Then, click or tap Advanced Options.
- You now have access to several system recovery tools. Choose System Restore to start it. It should be first on the list.
- Windows takes a long time to prepare the system restore. It can even restart your computer or device. When System Restore is ready, you are prompted to choose a user account to continue. Select an account defined as an administrator on your computer or Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 device.
- You are prompted to enter the password for this account. Pay attention to the fact that Windows shows you the layout of the keyboard used. If you need to change it, press “Change Keyboard Layout” and select another one. When you are ready, type the password in the appropriate field and press Continue.
- The system restore is now running and you can use it to restore Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 to a previous operating state.
- From there, the steps necessary to restore your system to an operating state are the same as those mentioned in this guide: 3 steps to restore your Windows PC to an operating state, with System Restore.