Solved: System Restore Is Restoring the Registry – 3 Methods

In many cases, the PC has been stuck for a long time while System Restore is restoring the registry. At this point, what can you do? You can find a simpler way to protect your system on this page.


by Yuka Updated on November 1, 2022

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User Case: System Restore Stuck at Restoring the Registry

System Restore Is Restoring the Registry


 “Hi. Since past few days I was facing issues while operating my HP Laptop. Last night, because of the issues I was facing, I had started 'System Restore' session on my laptop at around 11.00PM. However, it seems that the System Restore operation is stuck, since even after 12 hours the laptop is flashing the following message: ‘Please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restored. System Restore is restoring the registry...’. Please suggest a way forward. I'm not sure if I want to force the laptop to shut down or leave it as it is. Thank you.”   

- Question from HP Community

If the boot manager is somehow corrupted, the PC will be stuck at the system restore moment. It is OK to take up to half an hour to complete. However, when it takes an hour or more, you must act immediately. You can apply some fixes to get rid of the location.

How to Fix System Restore Is Restoring the Registry on Windows 10

When you get stuck in System Restore is restoring the registry screen for a long time, you need to fix it as soon as possible. Before you start, you can try to turn off the computer, then unplug the power cord to let the computer cordless power for 30 minutes or press and hold the power button for 30 seconds to release all the power. Then see if the PC is still in the System Restore is restoring registry screen, if it still is, do the following fix.

Method 1. Perform System Restore to An Error-Free Point

When your computer is stuck at the screen where System Restore is restoring the registry, you can boot into the Advanced Startup Options screen and then perform a System Restore to the last error-free point.

  1. Press and hold the power button for a few seconds to restart the computer and wait for the Windows startup view to appear on the screen. When it appears, press and hold the power button for at least ten seconds. You must do this three times in a row. After that, it will boot to the Advanced Startup Options.
  2. In the new blue screen that appears, click the Advanced options tab.

Automatic Repair

  1. Then select Troubleshoot -> Advanced options.

Advanced Options

  1. After that, you will see some options in the Advanced options screen, click System Restore.

System Restore

  1. Select your Windows 10 account. Then, you will be asked to type password for this account, just type it and click "Continue".
  2. Select an available restore point and click Next. Then, follow the on-screen instructions.

Method 2. Update the Drivers in Safe Mode

Launching Safe Mode will provide you with system configuration access. You can try updating the driver to help you resolve the problem of being stuck in the System Restore is restoring registry screen.

  1. Follow the above steps to open the Advanced options screen, then select Startup Settings.

Startup Settings

  1. Then the Startup Settings window will open. Here you can press F4 or F5 to select Enable Safe Mode or Enable Safe Mode with Networking.

Enable Safe Mode

  1. After entering Safe Mode, you will need to update the drivers for BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), Bluetooth, Chipset, Display Adapter, Network, Sound, USB, etc.
  2. Then try booting your computer in normal mode to perform a system restore and see if you still encounter the screen where System Restore is restoring the registry.

Method 3. Run Some Commands to Perform Advanced Troubleshooting

In addition to the above methods, you can also run some commands through Command Prompt for advanced troubleshooting to get rid of your computer being stuck in the screen where System Restore is restoring the registry.

  1. Follow the above instructions to open the startup settings. Then press 6 or F6 to Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt

  1. Run the following command to find errors and recover readable information automatically. After completing the execution, you must close the window.
  • chkdsk C: /f /r /x


  1. Then reopen the Command Prompt window and run the following command to repair the corrupted system files. When you are done, close the window.
  • sfc /scannow

SFC Command

  1. Then reopen the Command Prompt window and run the following command to repair errors related to the system. When you are done, close the window.
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  1. It may take a few minutes to run the command successfully. Finally see if your problem is resolved, if not you may need to perform a fresh install of Windows 10.

A Simpler Solution for Recovering Your System

Creating a system restore point helps you to restore your system to a previously working state in case you encounter an unexpected situation. However, Windows comes with a System Restore that relies on restore points. A restore point is a snapshot of your system configuration and settings in the Windows registry. It does not include your user data, such as photos, music, and documents, so it can only be used to restore the state of your OS.

Here, I recommend you to create a system image backup using a free backup software -AOMEI Backupper Standard. This backup is a complete backup of all the data in the drives required by the system. You can also use this software to back up other drives. With its help, you will not encounter the problem that System Restore is restoring the registry when performing a system recovery.

Below I will explain in detail how to use AOMEI Backupper Standard to create a system image and restore from it. Please download it to your computer. If you are a Server user, you can use AOMEI Backupper Server.

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  1. Launch AOMEI Backupper, navigate to Backup -> System Backup.

System Backup

  1. It will automatically select the system related partition for you (including the system reserved partition). You just need to select another location as the target path. It is recommended to back up PC to external hard drive or NAS to protect image files from system errors or hard drive failures.

Select Destination

  1. (Optional) You can click on Options to set up compression, email notifications, etc. Click Schedule Backup to set up automatic daily, weekly or monthly backups.

Schedule Settings


  • In addition to Daily, Weekly and Monthly backups, you can enjoy Event Triggers and USB plug-in features after upgrading to the advanced version.
  • You can also set (Full, Incremental, Differential) backup methods and cleanup methods (by number, by time, by day/week/month) in the Backup Scheme. Differential backup and all cleanup methods are in the Pro version.
  1. Then click Start Backup to create a system image in Windows 10.

Start Backup

  1. After creating a system image, you can use this software to easily restore the system image to a new hard drive or computer. If a system failure prevents you from accessing Windows, you can also create a bootable media to boot it.

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When you are stuck at the System Restore is restoring registry screen while performing System Restore, you can try the three methods mentioned in the article to get your computer back to normal. But the System Restore that comes with Windows can't be used as a long-term strategy to protect your computer, because it won't restore your personal files and it will disappear if the main hard drive goes bad.

To better protect your computer, you can use AOMEI Backupper to create backups where you can back up and restore your operating system, disks, specific files, partitions, etc. You can also use AOMEI OneKey Recovery to backup your computer system.

Yuka · Editor
Yuka, our dedicated editor at AOMEI Technology, is committed to bringing you valuable insights and guidance in data protection. Her mission is to empower everyone with her knowledge in computer backup and recovery, disk cloning, file synchronization, and more. Yuka's goal is to do her best to make complex tech tasks simple and ensure that your digital world remains safe and secure.