So it all started when I took out my system disk and stuck it in another computer (windows 7) to access files. I used the windows 7 os for everything, and on one boot it ran chkdisk on my windows 10 hard drive. When I put the Win 10 hard drive back in my original computer, it bsod'd on boot with the error (ntfs_file_system). I then tried the "automatic repair" option from the windows 10 boot menu, but that only made matters worse, changing the bsod message to (bad_system_config).
I tried booting to a windows 7 install on the same computer, and it couldn't get into the filesystem of my windows 10 drive, saying access is denied (though i could before this mess started)
I ran checkdisk again, this time from windows 7. Maybe this fixed the file system, who knows, but i still can't get aroud the bad_system_config bsod. I still can't access the files from windows 7.
Safe mode doesn't work either. I had a restore point, but for some reason windows doesn't find it... (maybe cause the file system is messed up)
should i just choose the "reset windows" option? will it keep my files even in this state? preferably, is there another way to fix it...
Update: bootrec /fixboot and bootrec /fixmbr have not helped
running chkdisk from within windows 10 cmd prompt has not helped
awesome news: while windows 7 can't see the filesystem, it is still accessible from linux, so I can copy off all my files to then reinstall windows.
final update: I resorted to reinstalling windows. Took 7 hours to set my computer back up how it used to be, but all is good now. Just wish windows wouldn't automatically corrupt my file system in 2 ways