There can be instances where you are not able to log on to your Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You can use the System Restore feature in either of the Windows to log in.


There might be a number of scenarios where you will not be able to log into your Windows Vista or Windows 7. Either you have set a new password to protect your system from being logged on by anyone, and you forgot the new password or you have been giving the right password but you are not able to log on because of a system corruption issue.  It is also possible that you have deleted one of the main administrator accounts and the system is not letting you in with the other administrator account. There is one more case where you can have this problem. You might have changed one of the administrator accounts to a standard user and the system is not allowing you to access your other administrator account.

System Restore feature to log on

While you wish to log in to your Windows once you cannot log in to the administrator account in every possible way then you need to follow the instructions written below. You need to have a successful logon Restore point to do this:

  • Insert the DVD from which you installed your Windows Vista or Windows 7.
  • Restart the computer and boot the CD.
  • Change the basic preferences to your choice and the click Next to move on to the next step.
  • Choose Repair your computer option instead of installing a new copy.
  • Select the operating system and class  that you wish to repair. Click next to move ahead.
  • Click System Restore on the next step and then click Next again.
  • Select the Restore point of your choice and move ahead by clicking Next. This would get your computer to the previous successful logon Restore Point. You need to reinstall all the programs and updates that have been removed but you will not lose your personal files.
  • Once you are done with the restoration, click Next and then Finish. Click Yes if you are prompted after the Finish.
  • This is the end to System Restore process; you can now press the Restart button to Restart your computer.
  • When your computer is going to restart, it is going to prompt you with the success of System Restore process. Click Close to confirm.
  • You can then try and log on using all the normal modes that used to work at the first place. It might be logging on using the previous passwords or other user accounts

Changes post the System Restore process

You need to ensure a few more steps to make sure that the restore is complete and would not turn back. Try all the following steps:

  • Once you log on successfully, change your passwords and then restart and log on using the new password to make sure that it is working properly.
  • Check all the different users that are present on your computer just to make sure that every user can log on successfully. You can change the password of the user that cannot log on through the administrator user.
  • Create a new password protected user account and log in through the new administrator account. Delete the restored administrator account through this new administrator account. Do not use the restored user account for long as this could be dangerous again.