Fix “There Was A Problem Resetting Your PC” Easily

You had a wonderful morning, now you are all ready and set to get the job done. You started your PC and something goes wrong, it didn’t boot. No worries, you press the reset button. But instead of seeing a login screen you are greeted with a message “There was a problem resetting your PC, No changes were made“.

So, what does it mean? why is it there? what caused it? and How to fix it? In this article,  I will answer all of these questions and so you can fix There was a problem resetting your PC, no changes were made.

What is this error?

When you boot your PC and it doesn’t boot up, Windows try to fix the issue in its own way. The Automatic Repair tool fixes the issue and Reboots your PC. But, when it fails, you have to reset your PC which causes the error. This error is commonly found in Windows 10 and it could happen with a totally new machine too. Since these errors are getting  common in Windows 10, Microsoft had given reasons for these issues,

The possible reason to cause this problem according to Microsoft could be-:

  1. You get a pre-installed Windows 10 without upgrading from Windows 8.1.
  2. You get a machine with disk compression enabled, so you can have more storage space.
  3. You booted your PC with a USB Drive and selected Remove Everything in Troubleshoot menu.
  4. You used a USB drive to create a recovery drive on Windows 10.

These were the possible reasons for the error but an error can be caused by many factors. So one error can have multiple solutions which we will discuss below.

How to Fix There Was A Problem Resetting Your PC Error?

This error can cause two scenarios-

  • One in which you can start your Windows after a few tries.
  • Second, you can’t even access your login screen.

When Windows is accessible

1. Run System File Checker

If you can access your Windows, then your Windows is good but with some corrupted unstable files. These files can easily cause startup issues and BSOD. To run System File Checker,

  • First, open Command Prompt as admin by pressing Windows + X.

open cmd as administrator

  • Now, type in “sfc/scannow ” and press Enter.

Use cmd as admin to run sfc/scannow

  • Once, the scan is completed, type”exit” to exit from command Prompt.
  • Restart your computer to check if it worked.

2. Use DISM

If sfc/scannow was a total failure, you can try using DISM. To use this tool,

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  •  Type ” DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” and press Enter.
  • Now Reboot your system and do the system file checker scan.  
  • If the problem still persists you can try other codes,
  • cd %windir%\system32\config” , “ren system system.001” , “ren software software.001

3. Re-enable “ragentc “

If none of the above methods work, then try disabling and then re-enabling ragentc. It is seen that this method temporarily solves the issues. To do so,

  • Open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Now type”ragentc /disable” and press Enter.
  • Again type “ragentc /enable” and press Enter.
  • Once these commands are done running, reset your PC.

4. Restore Windows 10

If you don’t have a brand new machine and your system protection is on, then the best way to fix this issue is to use system restore point. Doing this will revert your windows to the state when the restore point was made. This will not only save a lot of your personal work but will also help you catch up easily if the restore point is made regularly.

To access system restore point,

  • Right-click on This PC and go to Properties.

Open Properties by right clicking on This PC

  • Now click on System Protection, on the left side of the Window.

Click on System Protection, To access System Restore Point

  • Again, click on System Restore to restore your computer.

Click on System Restore in System Properties Windows

  • A new dialogue box will open now, click on Next to proceed

System Restore Windows-> Click Next to proceed

  • Choose the most recent Restore Point and click on Next. 

Choose a restore point to restore your PC

  • At last, Click on Finish to restore your system to that state.

Click on Finish to Restore Your PC

This should fix There Was A Problem Resetting Your PC error on Windows 10, 8 and 7.

When Windows is not accessible-

When booting your PC does not give you access to your Windows there is not a lot you can do, except for two things-

1. Access Command Prompt

Even if your Windows is not booting up, you can still use Command Prompt and use the provided codes above. But for that, you will need a bootable drive with Windows on it. If you have access to that, boot your pc and insert the drive. You might have navigated through BIOS to access the Boot menu. Once you get to the Windows installation screen,

  • Click on Next and choose Repair your Computer.

  • Now click on Troubleshoot-> Advanced option.

Click on Troubleshoot

  • Now select Command Prompt and press Enter.

In Advanced Option, click on Command Prompt

  • Use the codes provides above to solve the issue. Type”exit” and press Enter to exit from Command Prompt.

 2. Restore Your PC through System Image Recovery.

By following the same method as above you can access, System Image Recovery to restore your PC. Follow the same steps as above to get to advance options,

  • Now click on System Image Recovery. 

  • Choose Windows 10 as your Target Operating System.

  • Once you get to Re-image your Computer, click on “Use the latest available system image” then click on Next.

  • Click on Next and then Finish.


3. Re-install Windows

If none of the methods works in either condition, you will have to re-install your Windows. Re-installing Windows is really easy and it also gives you an option to save data on other drives. To re-install your Windows, you will need the bootable drive. Boot your PC, Insert the drive and follow the same steps as above.

  • On the Windows installation screen, click on Install.

  • Now enter the license key, if you have one or skip it.
  •  Click on Custom: Install Windows Only(advanced).

  • Choose the drive on which you want to install the Windows.

  • After a few minutes and clicks, you will get your new Windows.

The Bottom Line

Errors are quite common in Windows, which is why they are often ignored if they don’t cause BSOD. But as you can see in this post, errors without BSOD can also be fatal. Since errors are something we can’t predict,  we should always be ready for it. And there are certain precautions that you can take to prevent errors or save your data.

You can start by creating a restore point regularly, running chkdsk /f and sfc/scannow codes on a weekly basis, keeping your windows up to date and running full system scans to prevent form malicious files. If that won’t do, you can always find other methods on Google.

With that said, I hope that these methods help you solve your problem. If you have any queries or suggestions feel free to comment down below. Also, let me know which method worked for you. Thanks for reading this article- Peace out!

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