A possible failure in Windows system image recovery

“System image restore failed, 0×80042403”. This is the most basic of system image recovery failures, and also one of the easiest to overcome. The error message will usually generate a large dialog box with several suggestions to resolve the problem. But Microsoft’s syntax makes even the most experienced technician confused.

Thesolution toWindows system image recovery failure

To solve this problem, you must first find out the cause of this failure. After analyzing the possible cause of the system image recovery failure, we find the destination drive is of a lower capacity than the image’s source drive. You can solve this problem either by offering a larger destination drive, or shrinking the volume partitions prior to creating the system image. To shrink your original drive’s partitions, you can use Windows Disk Management to realize the function.

Tips: You may find it is complex and restricted when using Windows built-in tool to restore your computer. Besides, it is also complicated to shrink your drive partition using Windows Disk Management. To avoid the occurrence of any Windows system image recovery failures, AOMEI Backupper is a good assistant for restoring your computer from system image.

Windows system image recovery using AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is an outstanding backup and restore software, which offers powerful backup and restore services. Besides, the intellectual use interface enables everyone includes freshmen easily master the operation of the software. And most attractive for customers may be the price of it. AOMEI Backupper is a free software for your restoring and other services. So choosing AOEMI Backupper as the tool of Windows system image recovery is the advisable decision.

Now we suppose that we have already created Windows system image. And you can boot into your computer. Now let me show you how to do the Windows system image recovery using AOMEI Backupper.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install it. And we suppose we backed up C drive to external hard drive. So plugging the external hard drive which stored your Windows system image. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click Restore option in the main interface, then check the System Restore box.

System Restore

Step2. Click the path to select the system image file you want to restore. And you may have many versions of backups, choosing the recent one.


Step3. The program will pop up a dialogue, “The program detects the selected backup is a system image, would you like to do a system restore?” Select “Yes” to go on the process.


Step4. You will see an Operation Summary which indicates the operations that will be executed. Click Start Restore to begin the process. Click Finish after the restore is done.



● To shrink your partition, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to realize the function. It is an free and effective partition software.

● To create a backup image of your hard drive, you can use the System Backup option of AOMEI Backupper.