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Overview of “system restore did not complete successfully” issue

Windows has its own System Restore feature which is very useful. If something bad happens to your system, you can use it to recover your system.

Sometimes, when you try to do System Restore, you may receive an error message: “System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s system files and settings were not changed”.

Very often, there is an error code following the error message. The error code can be verified. You may be prompted an unspecified error occurred during System Restore with the error code like 0x80070002, 0x80070005, 0x80070091, 0x8000ffff, 0x81000203, 0x80070002, etc.

3 typical error codes and solutions to System Restore failed

Generally speaking, there are three types of common error codes: error 0x8000ffff, error 0x80070005 and error 0x80070091. Next, this passage will illustrate these three error codes and offer solutions.

System Restore error 0x80070005

Error 0x80070005

“An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070005).” This error code means System Restore could not access a file because Windows Backup and Restore stopped working. To solve this problem, do the following steps.

1. Type services.msc in the Start/taskbar search field. Hit Enter.

2. Double click Windows Backup to open its setting. Select Automatic in Startup type. Click OK to save the setting.

Windows Backup Automatic

3. Then right click Windows Backup and select Start.

Windows Backup Start

4. According to the way of setting Windows Backup, make sure Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider, Task Scheduler, and Volume Shadow Copy are started and set on Automatic.

5. Reboot your PC, and check the error 0x80070005 is fixed or not.

System Restore error 0x8000ffff Windows 10/7

Error 0x8000ffff

“An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x8000ffff).” System Restore did not complete successfully 0x8000ffff occurs because certain files are not replaced correctly if a file conflict occurs during the restore process. To solve this problem, you can try a different system restore point.

1. Type Create a restore point in the Start/taskbar search field and press Enter.

2. In the System Properties window, click the System Restore button.

3. In the first screen of the System Restore dialog box, click Next.

4. Select a restore point, and then click Next.

Select Restore Point

Tips: If you want to know what programs will be deleted or restored using this restore point, you may click Scan for affected programs to check.

5. In the Confirm your restore point window, click Finish. If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method.

System Restore error 0x80070091

Error 0x80070091

“An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070091).” This is because something is broken in AppxStaging. You may rename the WindowsApps folder, reboot the system and try a system restore to fix the issue. Let’s see how to rename the WindowsApps folder in Safe Mode.

1. Boot into Safe Mode. Right click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).

2. Type the commands below one by one.

  • cd C:\Program Files

  • takeown /f WindowsApps /r /d Y

  • icacls WindowsApps /grant “%USERDOMAIN%\%USERNAME%”:(F) /t

  • attrib WindowsApps –h

  • rename WindowsApps WindowsApps.old

3. Reboot your computer and run System Restore.

Reasons for other System Restore error codes and solutions

The above three are common errors you may see during System Restore. You still can see other error codes such as 0x81000203, 0x80070002, 0x800423F3 and so on.

▶ Reasons

Reasons causing those errors may be verified. There are several reasons which can cause “System Restore did not complete successfully an unspecified error occurred”.

1. Transient error.

2. System Protection settings corruption.

3. Antivirus or security software changing permission. Some security software will promote the corresponding files or registry permission to secure system installation. Therefore, you do not have the permission to deal with these files.

4. System file corruption.

▶ Solutions

In any of those cases, you may try one or more of the following steps in no particular order, and see if something helps you.

Method 1: For transient error, you can try to do System Restore again later.

Method 2: Fix System Protection settings.

  • Right click Computer/This PC and select Properties.

  • Click System Protection > select the main system drive to turn on System Protection > click Configure.

  • Dot Restore system settings and previous versions of files (Windows 7) or Turn on system protection (Windows 10). At last, click OK.

Method 3: Disable or uninstall security programs in your operating system. After uninstalling security software, you may use a vendor’s clean tool to remove files and settings remaining from uninstallation as well, and see if you can complete System Restore then.

Method 4: Run sfc /scannow command to check and repair corrupt system files that can be the cause for the “System Restore did not complete successfully Windows 10/8/7” error.

Method 5: If the above-mentioned methods do not work, you can try to run System Restore from Safe Mode.

  • In Windows 7, restart your computer and press F8 before Windows logo appears. Select Safe Mode and press Enter. Once Windows loads in, try to do System Restore and see if it works.

  • For Windows 10 users, learn how to perform System Restore from Safe Mode in Windows 10 here.

Safe and reliable system restore software – AOMEI Backupper

If you have tried all these steps, but still cannot fix the problem “System Restore did not complete successfully”, why not try a third party software? AOMEI Backupper Standard is professional backup and restore software. Also, it is completely free and easy to use due to the clean and tidy interface.

AOMEI Backupper

You can create a system backup and do a system restore with just a few clicks. In addition, you can create a bootable rescue media with AOMEI Backupper, so you can restore your system even if it is unbootable.

One of the biggest advantages of AOMEI Backupper is that even if your C drive has been deleted, you still can restore with the system backup image. However, you cannot make it with Windows built-in System Restore. If you turn off System Protection, it will delete all restore points. You cannot restore system until you turn on System Protection again and a new restore point is created.

Conclusion

That’s all for how to resolve System Restore did not complete successfully in Windows 10/8/7. If you want a more advanced tool to perform Windows backup and restore, AOMEI Backupper can be the best choice. What’s more, you can use AOMEI Backupper as free PC clone software to help you clone PC hard drive. Go for this tool right now!