Posted 07 November 2014 - 04:55 PM
Do you possess a system image on a usb drive, dvd disc, cd disc or external hard drive? i have had them work to restore systems to previous working states when "system restore" did nothing but sit and scroll an infuriating green bar which gave no actual indicaton of progress. This was on windows 8. If you are lucky enough to have a system image from before your problems try using it. There are guides on this site about how, which is where i learnt the method. Loading of system images has also worked for me when refresh or reset methods have failed. Hopefully any recent personal files are already backed up to external drives or the cloud, as they will almost certainly not survive the restore,reimage,reset,refresh,reinstall process. In future have "automatic updates" set to check automatically but not download new updates until you give it permission, make sure to check it regularly though.
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