Hold the Shift key and click the power button on the lower right corner of the login screen.
Continue holding shift and choose restart.
This should bring you to a startup options menu where you can choose boot options such as safe mode with networking.
I tried this but every option I try does nothin. The computer reboots but gets no further untill I press the reset button.
Also the dism/....option does nothing as no command is found. I do find the log though and don't know how to interpret it.
In addition, I was able to bring up the icons and desktop once using the "explorer.exe command in DOS screen but I cannot repeat that.
And the restore function appears to still believe that AVAST is still running even though I don't find anything in the directory
I have been navigating quite a bit in the DOS window to see if there is something there. I am rusty when it comes to DOS but do remember a few things.
It is almost like the login has lost it's mind and doesn't know what do to further. Only the Task manager works.
A bit of history...I just bought this box used, it is a gamer running Windows 8.1, 8gig ram, 500gb HD, ASUS A55BM-Plus Motherboard, two video cards although I am currently using the onboard video. No windows disks or any recovery disks.
Edited by Rocky65, 25 January 2015 - 10:52 PM.