By Lily / Last update December 24, 2021

Why restore your computer to earlier date?

When using a computer in daily life and work, you may encounter various problems such as error loading operating system, your PC ran into a problem needs to restart loop, computer stuck on restarting screen, etc.

Sometimes you can fix them by conventional means, but in many cases system failures can cause the computer not to function properly or even boot up, which makes troubleshooting a problem.

In this case, restoring computer to an earlier date could be the last resort to bring it back to a normal state. And to do this, you need to perform system restore correctly. 

How to restore computer to an earlier date with system restore

Restoring Dell/HP/Lenovo computer to earlier date is a good idea to make your computer go back to the correct state. Well then, how to restore computers system to an earlier point of time?

To restore computer to a previous date, you must create a system backup image before. Then, you can directly use it when needed. In Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista, there is a snap-in tool called System Restore which can create system image backup and restore it to your computer.

If you don’t enable system restore in Windows, you still can use a third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper. Similar to System Restore, it’s a free backup and restore software, which can help you restore your computer to an earlier date. Keep reading to learn the detailed steps.

Method 1: How to restore PC to an earlier date when your computer is bootable

Step 1. Type system restore in the search box and select it from the result list.

Step 2. Click Next in the first window.

System Restore

Step 3. Select the restore point on the following box and click Next.

Select Restore Point

Tip: If you do not want to suffer a big trouble of reinstalling the programs you recently installed, you can click Scan for affected programs to find it and then backup whatever you need.

Step 4. Confirm and click Finish to restore computer settings to previous date.


Method 2: How to restore computer to earlier date in safe mode

This method is suitable for users whose computer is unbootable. You can consider restoring Windows 7/8/10 in safe mode first.

Step 1. Go to safe mode. In Windows 7, you need to start your computer, then press F8 repeatedly until the Windows logo appear. In Windows 8/8.1/10, restart your computer 3 times, then click Advanced options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart to boot into safe mode.


Step 2. Repeat the steps of system restore in normal state.

Method 3: How to restore computer to earlier date from start up

If the system restore from safe mode does not work, you still can create a recovery drive or using an installation disc to restore your computer to earlier date from boot.

Step 1. boot your computer with a recovery drive or installation disc.

Step 2. Go to BIOS and set the bootable drive as the first boot option, then press F10 to save and restart your computer.

Step 3. Click next until you see  Repair your computer in the lower left corner.


Step 4. Click Repair your computer, then choose Windows 10Troubleshoot > Advanced options >System Restore.

System Restore PE

Step 5. Then, the first window will appear. Just click Next to move on.

Step 6. Repeat the steps in the normal state.

Method 4: How to restore computer to earlier date using command prompt

You can also use command prompt to restore computer to earlier date in Windows 10, the approach is similar to the previous one. You need to restore computer settings to earlier date with installation disc or a recovery drive. The only difference is the recovery tools you are using.

Step 1. Boot from recovery drive or installation disc. Then, go to Repair your computer, click Windows 10 > Troubleshoot > Advanced options.

Step 2. Click Command Prompt in the Advanced options interface.

Command Prompt

Step 3. Type "rstrui.exe" in the command prompt window and hit Enter.

System Restore CMD

Step 4. Then, you will see the GUI screen of System Restore. Just click Next to go on and repeat the steps until the last step.

What if system restore failed?

When you try to restore system from a restore point, you may find that system restore points has gone owing to many reasons like Windows Update, corrupted files, etc. Even if there is a system restore point, you may receive error during the restoration, such as, System Restore did not complete successfully, 0x80070002, System Restore failed to extract the file, volume shadow copy service component encountered an unexpected error, etc.

To get rid of these trouble, you can also adopt another system backup & restore mechanism - using specialist and  reliable software like AOMEI Backupper.

Secure way to restore computer to earlier state easily

Windows System Restore can indeed restore computer to an earlier state, but sometimes you may find there's no restore point or the restore simply fails. To do it more simply and securely, you can use AOMEI Backupper Standard.

It’s a complete and powerful backup software supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista. Not only operating system, it can also be used to restore partition, disk, or individual files & folders. 

Compared with Windows System Restore, it is much easier to operate and less error-prone. If you are worried your computer might not boot up due to a malfunction, you can also create a bootable media or enable the boot option to restore system in WinPE.

Download the freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard to have a try:

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Preparations before performing system restore:

  • Go to Backup tab and choose System Backup to create a system image for recovery needs.

  • Go to Tools tab and use Create Bootable Media tool to make a recovery media in case the computer fails to boot.

  • If the system has crashed without any backup or bootable media, you can also create them on another working PC and restore to the problematic one with the Universal Restore (supported by Professional edition) feature.

How to restore system to an earlier date:

1. Launch this freeware. Click Restore at the left side. Then, click Select Task or Select Image File to find the image.

Select Task Winpe

2. Select the system backup in the following window and then click Next.

Select Backup Image

3Then, select to restore the entire backup or a part and click Next

Normally you need to select a path for your backup after this step. But if AOMEI Backupper can detect this image and you want to restore it to the original location, this software will select the destination path for you.

Select Entire Backup or Partition

4. Then, click Start Restore to execute the progress. When the progress reached 100%, click Finish to exit.

Note: If the system image is created on another PC with different hardware, you need to tick Universal Restore to make sure the computer can boot up after restoration.

start restore

Video Tutorial: You may want to learn more about system restore to earlier point from video guide.

Tips: If you want to use the powerful backup & restore features on multiple computers, you could upgrade to Technician or Technician Pluse edition, and create a portable version of AOMEI Backupper on removable device.

Wrapping things up

System Restore is a good way to restore computer to an earlier date in Windows 11/10/8/7, but sometimes it does not work properly.

Thus, finding a better backup and restore software to protect your computer is imperative. Don’t be hesitate. AOMEI Backupper can be your prior choice, because it’s free and easy to use. And it’s suitable for all kinds of users, from beginners to technician. It offers different users with different versions: the standard version and pro for home users; the workstation, server and technician for business users.