What to do if your System Restore doesn’t work?


If your system restore doesn’t work, don’t panic! There are still plenty of ways to fix your computer. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through some of the best methods for fixing a system that won’t restore.

What is System Restore and what does it do?

System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows the user to revert their computer back to a previous “restore point.” This is useful if the user has installed a program that is causing problems on their computer, as it allows them to undo the changes that were made when the program was installed. System Restore does not affect personal files, such as documents or photos.

It only affects system files and settings. To use System Restore, the user must have created a restore point prior to the installation of the problem program. If a restore point has not been created, System Restore will not be able to undo the changes that were made.

How to create a System Restore Point?

You can create a new System Restore Point at any time, which can be useful if you change a setting that ends up causing problems with your computer. To create a System Restore Point, open the Start Menu and search for “System Protection.” Click on the “Create” button and give your Restore Point a name.

Once it has been created, your computer will save a copy of its current settings and system files to that location. If you ever need to restore your computer to a previous state, simply open the System Protection menu and select the Restore Point you wish to use. Your computer will then revert to the saved settings and files from that point in time.

What to do if your System Restore Point doesn’t work?

  1. First, make sure that you have selected the correct restore point. If you’re unsure, you can try selecting a different restore point.
  2. If that doesn’t work, you can try restarting your computer and then running System Restore again.
  3. If that still doesn’t work, you may need to perform a clean boot of your computer, which will start Windows with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs.
  4. Once your computer is up and running, try running System Restore again.
  5. Boot into safe mode and see if that makes a difference. If not, try running the System Restore tool from the command prompt. To do this, open the command prompt and type: rstrui.exe.
  6. If that doesn’t work, you may need to delete all but the latest restore point and start over.
  7. To do this, open the command prompt and type: diskpart. Then, type: list volume.
  8. Find the volume where Windows is installed and type: select volume X (replacing X with the appropriate number). Type: clean all to delete all restore points.
  9. Finally, reboot your computer and run System Restore again. Hopefully, one of these methods will fix the problem.

If all else fails, you can always give one of your computer repair technician a call.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...