Clean Boot shut off MS Services by mistake Windows won't open Solved

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    Clean Boot shut off MS Services by mistake Windows won't open

    I had a simple problem with my computer, and the solution was to do a clean boot. After the clean boot process, I realize now that i turned off MS Services and now my computer won't get past the troubleshooting page. When i try to work through all the troubleshooting options, nothing works. I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and ran it, but the only option that would work there was a new install, which would wipe my C drive. Is there anyway to work around via the command prompt? i can open it.
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    If you can boot your PC from bootable a Win 10 medium, note the option early on to 'Repair your computer' (it's not so obvious so perhpas you are missing that and so being offered a clean install) and click that. That takes you to the Advanced Startup options which include System restore.

    If you are lucky, you will have a recent restore point you could use, and if you are luckier, restoring that will let you boot normally.

    • On a working PC, go to the Microsoft software download website.
    • Download the Windows 10 media creation tool and then run it.
    • Select Create installation media for another PC.
    • Choose a language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit).
    • Follow the steps to create installation media, and then select Finish.
    • Connect the installation media you created to your nonfunctional PC, and then turn it on.
    • On the initial setup screen, enter your language and other preferences, and then select Next. If you don't see the setup screen, your PC might not be set up to boot from a drive. Check your PC manufacturer's website for info on how to change your PC's boot order, and then try again.
    • Select Repair your computer.
    • On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot. From there, you can:
      • Restore from a system restore point by selecting Advanced options > System Restore. This will remove recently installed apps, drivers, and updates that might be causing your PC problems. Restoring from a restore point won’t affect your personal files.
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    Hi Dlachima, I tried all of the above but nothing works. I was able to go into the command kind and I can see all my files, I just don’t know how to turn all the services back on.
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    When you say 'nothing works', that's not exactly clear, is it?
    Were you able to boot from a Win 10 install medium and access a System restore option? Yes\no
    Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 | Tutorials
    (From Option 5)

    Did you find any usable restore points? Yes\no
    If you found a usable restore point, did it restore successfully? Yes\no

    If no, specify what happened. A photo would be great. (Picture vs 1000 words).
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    Another opiton could be to force your PC to boot to Safe Mode:
    How to Force Windows to Restart in Safe Mode [15 Min]

    and then use msconfig to restore normal operation.
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    Hi dalchina,

    Thank you for your reply's. I did try all of the solutions you recommended, I also spoke with Windows support for about an hour trying to resolve my problem. We couldn't get back into my OS in any way, to turn back on the services i needed to have my computer start. So, I ended up installing windows. Thanks again for your efforts.
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    Hi, sorry to hear that. Hope you had a full backup of your data - or could copy off anything you needed.

    It used to be the case that there was a registry backup created by Windows, but MS broke that from 1709 onwards. Had they not have done that, it would have been possible to restore that registry.

    Now, to avoid clean installs in the future provided the problem wasn't created to far back, and allow you to restore your PC to a previous working state without tech help even if your disk fails or is inaccessible or encrypted by ransomware, start using disk imaging routinely as we so often recommend.

    Many members use Macrium reflect (free/licensed) - free is good enough for many- there are others. Disk image files are best stored externally, e.g. a large enough USB HDD.

    Then create a differential image of changes before/after each major change to your PC.

    Imaging applies to
    - all Windows partitions
    - any disk/partition.
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