Try the command prompt mode. Read the full article if you must but here's the steps I use.
To start System Restore using the Command prompt, follow these steps:
1. Restart your computer, and then press and hold F8 during the initial startup to start your computer in safe mode with a Command prompt.
2. Use the arrow keys to select the Safe mode with a Command prompt option.
3. If you are prompted to select an operating system, use the arrow keys to select the appropriate operating system for your computer, and then press ENTER.
4. Log on as an administrator or with an account that has administrator credentials.
5. At the command prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then press ENTER.
6. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to a functional state.
I am unable to log on to my computer. It pulls up the log in screen, and i type in my password, and it shows my background, but it never pulls anything up. It then just logs off and puts me back to the log in screen.
Sometimes it doesnt even show the background....just "logging on" and then immediately "logging off".
I have tried to run in safe mode, and the same thing happens. I tried with Administrator and my login. And it shows background, and then logs off.
I probably screwed this all up yesterday, because my computer (being 5.5 years old) was running really slow. So i read on the microsoft website to do defrag, cleandisk, and delete AutoRun items. I think when i started deleting AutoRun items.....(even though it was only 10 or so)....i caused this mess.
Let me know if anyone has any ideas, or if i am just going to have to do System Restore. I am not TOO concerned to do system restore, because the few files that i use are saved to a zip drive, but all the setting and stuff would be a pain to re-do.