I was called upon in urgency yesterday when Katsy’s Zenbook went into a sort of boot loop that the advanced restore options all fail to take care of… to put it to perspective here is a list of the things I tried out when I got to it:
– I tried most all the options on the Startup Settings to no avail (even Safe Mode cant get it to the Desktop environment)
– Attempted command line “chkdsk” and “sfc /scannow” yielded similarly
– Put a few Ubuntu builds onto USBs, booted from them, but when it attempts to run the environment a blackout happens and we’re back to square one (I think the way Windows 10 is configured to not go thru the old method of starting up interferes with this solution)… We would’ve proceeded to backup files and reset Windows had this worked..
And so with little hope left whilst poking around in YouTube, I found this video that presented this very unique, and previously unknown to myself’s, utilization of the command line interface… I tried it out and within less than 10 minutes – the Zenbook was up and about with all programs intact! – something you would be really concerned about if and when a reset had been done.
Here is what happens with this fix – you basically go into the registry configuration and you refresh that using an “older” much more “basic” registry configuration that is kept by Windows automatically (not sure if this is done the very first time Windows is activated or it is updated everytime the environment starts up without any hiccups). Like magic – this method booted up the system flawlessly without harm to any files or directories! Below is a basic outline of what to do to accomplish said fix:
This of course assumes that you are already within the recovery command prompt to begin with –
Step 1: Find the proper Windows directory and go into it using “C:” (or whichever drive letter it is) – this is the one with Program Files and Program Files (x86) on it and is more often than not the C drive.
Step 2: Type this in, without the quotes, to get into the registry configuration folder “cd \windows\system32\config”
Step 3: Type “MD backup” – this creates a folder called backup where you’ll copy the current settings so if this method fails, you still have those
Step 4: Type in “copy *.* backup” – effectively duplicating around 9 to 10 files
Step 5: Type in “CD regback” – to get into this magical folder
Step 6: Type in “dir” – to see if all of the items here have values other than zero
Step 7: Type in “copy *.* ..” – to copy all the contents of this folder into the upper level folder… copy and overwrite all of the files when asked by the prompt
Step 8: Type in “exit” to get out of the command prompt and select Turn off PC so you can turn it on again using the refreshed registry configuration.
That’s it! Simple, right?! When you startup Windows after this, it might take a few minutes depending on the configuration of the system, it would be as if nothing untoward happened and you should be on your merry way! Hope this can help some of you guys in a pinch with Windows 10; do keep in touch!