Depending how important the files are you can try a couple of things before you do a complete clean install. Try a repair install from the Win7 disk and see if that will get you into safe mode. I've never tried it, but I think you can download a copy of something like Ubuntu and it will boot from a thumb drive or disk without installing it. With it you could then find the important files and copy them to a different area.
See this tutorial by theog on How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista for a neat trick to use to allow you to Copy & Paste from the Recovery Console to save files and folders.
That's so 90's.
Use Total Commander, it's a GUI file manager with double panels, it has both x86 and x64 versions and it works under recovery mode from Vista to Windows 10 (you just need to launch the right version). Also built-in packers/unpackers, text viewer, thumbnail viewer, space checking, crc, copy/pack in background, support for plugins etc. will come in handy. I usually spam every partition/usb stick/dvd disk with it.
[did not test the free double commander, but it should work the same]
PS: i have rebooted my computer to the point where i'm going to just wipe my hard drive and say no to any future windows 10 upgrades.
Last edited by wtfwin10; 26 Aug 2015 at 00:51. Reason: my exact pc
For anyone having this problem try these two things:
Boot with the keyboard connected to USB ports on the back or 'I/O plate' of the motherboard, eg the ones under the lan port or firewire port, some motherboards only allow legacy input devices at boot (ie before drivers are installed) from 'central' usb ports that are not on an internal PCI hub. Always reboot when trying a different port. Also don't use any USB hubs initially.
(this was probably mentioned earlier) ensure legacy usb devices are enabled in your BIOS. Some UEFI bios' default setup turn this off.
If all else fails look for a cheap keyboard on ebay that supports driver-less setup.
If you are reinstalling and make it to the desktop install a non windows remote software such as Teamviewer so you can configure windows with another device on your network, even an iPhone.
This may seem like an odd fix but it has worked for me. I end up at the windows screen but have no mouse or keyboard access as well. After having multiple attempts by some very skilled people i found a way to correct the issue that appears to be temporary. I power up and if no mouse and key board i unplug the power from the PC. When i power back up it takes a bit longer but i have a mouse and keyboard again. I am going to wait and see if it continues or if this resolved it. I may just go back to 7 and call this experiment over.
When the boot up reaches the point where it doesn't respond to mouse / keyboard do the following.
1. Remove power cable/battery.
2. Return power and boot up.
3. Keep pressing the ESC key.
4. Windows will show screen that indicates failed start up.
5. Use keyboard arrows and select advanced settings.
6. Go to restore windows 10.
7. Ensure to select keep files.
8. Begin reset. Be patient as it takes a while but don't power off PC.
Hope this stops all pulling out your hair.
Let me know if it works for ye
Last edited by Vinceirl; 19 Sep 2015 at 16:23. Reason: Wanted to add..
So just joined the forum to post this
My daughter had same keyboard and mouse problem, spent last 3 days trying to sort it out eventually we found that somehow the usb controller had been turned off.
We looked in device manager - usb controller at the bottom and saw that some had a downwards facing arrow next to them. When we right clicked on these ones we found out they were disabled, so after enabaling them keyboard and mouse were back to normal.
I hope this helps as it is a very annoying problem, still don't know how they got turned off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry forgot to say we got in by using a ps/2 mouse