I am working on a computer that does not have a password. When I start it it just goes to a black screen with the mouse. Hence I don't get access to holding down the shift key and restarting in order to get get the computer to restart giving me the repair options (restore, refresh, etc.)
Is starting the computer 4 times each time followed by a forced hard shut down (hold in the power button for 3 seconds) each time before the splash screen starts another legitimate way to access the repair options? Would you advise my trying this?
So basically you push in the power button to start the PC and almost immediately push the power button again and hold for 3 seconds (ie. a forced hard shutdown). You do this 4 times. The 5th time you let the computer start normally and you will then have access to the repair options.