Summary: Are you having issues while running System Restore? There are multiple reasons that could lead to System Restore errors. In this post, you’ll get to know how to solve System Restore not working in Windows 10 problem.
System Restore is a primary Windows recovery utility that when enabled, creates ‘restore points.’ Whenever you face any problem with your system, you can use the restore point to retrieve the system files, program files, registry, etc., to a previous working state.
However, there are times when System Restore fails and generates error messages. This Windows 10 recovery utility may stop working due to different reasons. Here, we’ll discuss the major reasons behind System Restore not working issue and the solutions to resolve it.
Why System Restore Stops Working?
Windows System Restore performs multiple functions without any issues. Nonetheless, there could be numerous times when you may find difficulty using this utility. Even in some cases, you may not be able to create or roll back to restore points. Here are some common reasons behind the Windows System Restore stops working issue.
1. Software Incompatibility
If any software, program, or application such as a third-party anti-malware program, gaming software, etc. is incompatible with your PC, you may face problems while trying to run System Restore. Even if you try to create a restore point, it may get corrupted, due to which you’ll not be able to roll back the system.
2. Insufficient System Restore Space
There are chances that the Max Usage setting in the System Protection is set to ‘Small’ to contain more restore points. If there are multiple restore points and it’s out of space to store more, you may have a problem running System Restore.
3. Failed Drivers and Startup Scripts
Sometimes, faulty device drivers and corrupt startup scripts can cause problems during System Restore. Faulty or outdated device drivers may even cause different system errors such as follows:
Common System Restore Error Messages
There are some common System Restore errors that you may encounter:
Here are some tried-and-tested methods to resolve issues with System Restore:
Try to increase the Max Usage setting in the System Protection window to increase the space to store more restore points. You can also remove unnecessary restore points manually to increase the storage space.
Follow the below steps to increase the Max Usage setting:
To delete old System Restore points, follow these steps:
If you’re unable to roll back your system using a particular restore point, it could be corrupted. Try choosing another restore point. Sometimes, you need to choose two restore points to roll back the system to fix the problem. To do so, follow the given steps:
If the hardware drivers or startup scripts are the culprits, you can boot your PC in Safe Mode without networking and run System Restore. Now follow the given steps:
You can opt for resetting your Windows system. It usually fixes the issues with the system files and Windows OS. You can choose to remove or keep your files while resetting your system.
|Note: It’s recommended to remove everything to make this utility work efficiently for resolving the ‘System Restore not working in Windows 10’ error. Hence, take a backup of your system data if possible. Else, you may retrieve data using professional data recovery software.|
To reset your system, follow the given steps:
If resetting Windows doesn’t help you, you’re left with one option only, i.e., reinstall Windows 10. To do so, you will need a USB installation media created with the Windows Media Creation tool. Remember, reinstalling Windows 10 overwrites the partition data on which the OS is installed. So, either take a backup of your system data before performing this method or restore data using Windows data recovery software. Once you’re done recovering your data, you can proceed with Windows reinstallation without having any second thoughts.
A. How can I create a system restore point in Windows 11?
Creating a restoring point won’t take much time. But, first, you need to enable the System Restore feature and then create the restore point in Windows 11.
B. Why does my system restore keep failing?
System Restore usually fails due to incompatible or corrupt software/programs installed on your system. Other reasons may include malware attacks and apps offering any particular type of background services.
C. How to recover lost files after System Restore in Windows 11?
There are two scenarios in which you recover lost data after performing a system restore – if the backup is available and no backup is available. You can recover lost files after the System Restore by:
Mansi Verma is a Technology Writer at Stellar®. She is a Tech enthusiast, holding over 7 years of experience in Data Recovery, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and the Robotics technology domain. She loves researching and providing DIY solutions and tips & tricks to solve Windows technical issues. In her spare time, she likes reading novels, and poetry. She also enjoys traveling and trekking.