The Issue: There Was an Unexpected Error in the Property Page
System Restore is one useful Windows utility that lets users move back to a previous status after some events that affect the computer's performance. In other words, it helps people correct problems by restoring the system and the data to the way it was before the changes were made.
However, when you try to do a system restore, a pop-up window appears, saying that “There was an unexpected error in the property pages: System Restore encountered an error. Please try to run System Restore again. (0x81000203). Please close the property page and try again” As shown in the picture below.
In fact, the system restore error 0x81000203 is a common problem that can be found on Windows 7, Windows 8 and also Windows 10. Here in this guide, we list several solutions to fix the issue and you can try them one by one. Let's get it on.
How to Fix There Was an Unexpected Error in the Property Page (Error 0x81000203 Windows 10/8/7)?
Solution 1. Turn off Turbo Mode/Uninstall TuneUp Utilities
The TuneUp Utilities (2009, 2010, 2011) may influence the system protection and also the settings of Volume Shadow, and then lead to the error 0x81000203 in Windows 10/8/7 when you trying to restore system. If you have TuneUp Utilites installed on your computer, you can choose to turn off Turbo Mode or totally uninstall the tool.
Turn off Turbo Mode: Open TuneUp Utilities start center > Find the PC Optimization Mode and select Economy or Standard.
Uninstall TuneUp Utilities: Press Windows key and R key to open Run box > Type appwiz.cpl and click OK to confirm > Find TuneUp Utilities and double click it > Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation.
Then restart your computer and try the system restore again to check whether it has fixed the error 0x81000203. If not, please keep reading to get other methods.
Solution 2. Check Shadow Copy Provider Service
The system restore error 0x81000203 can also happen when the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service isn't running. Follow the steps below to have a check.
Step 1. Press Windows key and R key to access Run box and tap services.msc > Hit Enter to go to the Services interface.
Step 2. Find Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider and double click it > Choose Automatic in Start type, and click Start under Service status > Click OK to confirm.
Restart your computer and try to make a system restore. Still encounter an error 0x81000203 in your Windows 7/8/10 computer? Move to the next solution.
Solution 3. Using the Registry
Windows Registry stores operating system settings and options, as well as all hardware, software, and user settings. Here you can change some registry settings to fix there was an unexpected error in the property page problem.
Step 1. Press Windows key and R key to open Run box and type regedit.exe > Click OK and choose Yes on the pop-up window.
Step 2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\System Restore.
Step 3. Double click DisableConfig and set the value to 0.
Solution 4. Try Other Tool
In fact, using System Restore in Windows is not the only way to revert to the previous Windows state and there's one way that can help you backup and restore your system more easily. If all the above methods cannot help you fix the system restore error 0x81000203 in Windows 10/8/7 or you prefer a new way to carry out system restore, then you can have a try on AOMEI Backupper Standard.
AOMEI Backupper Standard is one comprehensive backup software (FREE to use), which can help PC users backup and restore system, disks, partitions as well as selected files/folders. It will detect the system partition associated with system files automatically and backup all of the system files, boot files and program files, which makes your PC work normally after a restore. Now let’s check the detailed steps to make a system backup and the way to restore system.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and open it > Click Backup and select System Backup.
Step 2. Choose the destination path to save the backup image files > Click Start Backup and wait for the process.
1. Click Backup Options to add a comment for the backup as well as compress, encrypt (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) the backup image.
2. Click Schedule to make a backup everyday/weekly/monthly as per your need.
Step 3. Go to Home and choose Restore option after the backup and Click Yes on the pop-up window.
Step 4. Choose the backup image and click Next.
Step 5. Confirm the operation and click Start Restore. To complete the restoration, the program will prompt you to restart the computer, and then enter into Restart Mode for the restore operation.
That's all the methods about how to fix the there was an unexpected error in the property page problem. If you'd like to avoid such annoying Windows problem when restoring system, then you can't miss AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can help you backup and restore the system without effort.
Besides, it also allows you to create Windows backup to USB Flash Drive which makes it easier to restore system to original state if your computer goes wrong.