My Windows Won't Boot After the Password

By Charles Poole

The Windows operating system begins with a welcome screen where you must enter the password for the account you want to use. If you type in your password and Windows doesn't start, there is a problem with your computer's boot process. You don't need a professional to diagnose and fix this issue; you can fix it yourself and save time and money.

Windows XP

Step 1

Start or restart your computer while pressing and holding down the "F8" key to enter the "Windows Advanced Options" screen.

Step 2

Use the arrow keys to select "Safe Mode With Command Prompt" and press "Enter."

Step 3

Type "%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe" at the prompt and press "Enter" to start the "System Restore Wizard." Choose "Restore My Computer To Earlier Date."

Choose a restore check point from the menu and click "Next." Wait for the restore process to run, then follow the prompts to finish.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Step 1

Start your computer while holding down the "F8" key to boot into the "Windows Advanced Boot Menu."

Step 2

Click the "System Recovery" option in the menu.

Step 3

Click the "Startup Repair" option.

Step 4

Follow the prompts to recover your system's boot settings.

Click the "Restart" option to restart your computer and allow the changes to take effect.