No Bios only Windows. No mouse/Keyboard input. E drive System back up. Windows Services disabled???
Help! I've done something very, very silly. I'm wondering if even with a Aomei system backkup I can recover from this error.
I'm completely locked out of my C drive. There is no keyboard or mouse connectivity. Windows is in the middle of a manual update loop and bypasses Dell Bios. I've tried unplugging the PC at least three times to no avail. No matter what keys I hit, I cannot get into Bios. Hence I cannot direct boot to a USB device or an internal or external drive. The PC always boots/starts/restarts to a Windows login screen that I cannot access because I have no keyboard/mouse connectivity. Microsoft Assure help were no help.
The cause of my problem is that I mistakenly disabled all my Windows services through the Services tab of the System Configuration window. Then I ran a Windows update (no loss of apps/data). Details are given below ("How I Got Into This Mess").
I don't want to reinstall Windows because I would lose an extensive collection of programs and much customization. About my only hope is an Aomei system backup made just before this catastrophe. This backup is on my E Drive. My PC is a Dell T7910 work station running Windows 10 Professional. My C Drive is a Samsung 500 GB SSD. Unfortunately, my System Reserve is on my H Drive.
Aomei System Backup Solution #1
In order to access the Aomei backup and the corrupted C Drive/Windows Services folder/file I need to remove this inaccessible C Drive and reinstall it as my F Drive. I then need to re-install Windows on a new blank C Drive. I will then be able to access my PC and all its drives.
My question is if I can use Aomei Backupper to restore my system backup to the corrupted/inaccessible C Drive when it is installed not as a C drive, but a regular drive, in this case as my F drive. If I can, then I just need to do the restore and re-install my F drive as my C Drive.
Can I do this? Also, will my programs/data be affected in any way?
Aomei System Backup Solution #2
There is a possible alternative to doing a full system restore. I could use Aomei Backupper to explore the system backup on the E Drive to find the folder(s)/file(s) that contain the settings listed in the Services tab of the System Configuration window. Once I had found these, I could use them to replace the matching files in C/F Drive.
My immediate problem with this approach is that despite extensive Googling I have not been able to find the names of these folder(s)/file(s) let alone where they are located on the C Drive. If anyone can tell me this, I would be very, very grateful. The downside of this approach is that I would have a system that might well have experienced a failed Windows update. I assume I could then do a system restore using Aomei and Aomei system backup I made just before this disaster happened.
Am I correct?? Will this work?
Third Solution - Manually change motherboard
A final, and least attractive solution would be to open up my PC and change settings on the motherboard, so that at boot/start/restart the PC was forced to ignore Windows and have to go into Bios. I've only seen a brief reference to this. I would prefer a software solution. If I did this, though I would be able to get into Bios and direct boot to a USB drive or an external drive with a a rescue disk. Would this be straight forward?
How I Got Into This Mess
I accidentally disabled ALL the Windows services listed in the
Services tab of the System Configuration window. I mistakenly unchecked
"hide all Windows services" and then disabled everything.
I was trying to update Windows 10 without losing apps/data. The update
failed. Googling for solutions suggested disconnecting everything except the
keyboard and mouse, and turning off all programs and services.
The result is that my PC (Dell T7910 workstation) is in a Windows 10 loop without keyboard and mouse connectivity.