Windows 10: Login issues after deleting old versions

  1.    16 Oct 2016 #1

    Login issues after deleting old versions

    A couple days ago I realized I had about 135 GB of restore points (an excessive amount in my opinion) which I deleted and lowered the limit of how much data could be used for restore points. Before figuring out what was using so much of my hard drive space, I deleted older versions of Windows (my laptop originally had Windows 8 / 8.1 installed so I assumed those would be deleted and had no problem with that).

    Today, as I'm trying to login, there is no login prompt box. I keep restarting trying to engage safe mode but I have not had success with shift+restart, shift+F8, or hard restart 3x. Can anyone help with either 1) starting in safe mode, or better yet 2) getting the login prompt box back?

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  2.    16 Oct 2016 #2

    Welcome to the forum. What exactly did you delete windows.old or other the quickest fix may be to download a file recovery software for free with a bootable cd boot it and recover what you deleted Free Data Recovery, File and Partition Recovery, Undelete and Unformat Utilities (
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  3.    16 Oct 2016 #3

    Yea, I deleted Windows.old files. Nothing I found online said it would cause problems, only that I wouldn't be able to revert back. Was there something in there those files that I shouldn't have deleted?
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  4.    16 Oct 2016 #4

    Its a bit strange as normally windows wont let you remove those files as they are system you have to go via diskclean to remove them
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  5.    16 Oct 2016 #5

    Yes, that's exactly how I removed it. Any suggestions?
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  6.    16 Oct 2016 #6

    So, a login prompt finally appeared. Took about 10-15 minutes, which seems a bit long. Was able to log in.
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