By Ivy / Last Updated February 26, 2021

What does the system restore point do?

System restore points, the snapshots of your Windows system files, certain program files, registry settings, and hardware drivers, can restore your computer to a previous good state.

System restore points can troubleshoot the computer running slowly or stop responding. Also, you can use it to restore the unbootable computer.

If the recently installed drivers damaged or corrupted, you can undo the changes. If the recently installed programs do not work, you can roll back changes.

How to create a system restore point in Windows 10?

System restore points are stored in the built-in tool System Restore. But this tool is disabled by default in Windows 10. Thus, if you want to restore from a system restore point, you need to enable System Restore first.

Enable system restore

Step 1. Right-click This PC, select Properties and System protection.

Step 2. Select a drive and click Configure.


Step 3. Tick Turn on system protection in the Restore Settings section and click OK.

Enable System Restore

After the operation, system restore points will be created automatically before the important system change (eg: Windows 10 update) occur.

But you may find system restore disabled system restore point not created. In this case, you can choose to create a restore point manually.

Create a Windows 10 system restore point manually

Step 1. In the System Properties window, click Create.

Create Windows 10 System Restore Point

Step 2. Type a description in the pop-up window and click Create.

Step 3. Wait until the restore points created successfully.

How to restore from a system restore point in Windows 10?

How to restore Windows 10 to earlier date is still a question, especially when your computer runs slowly, stops responding or becomes unbootable. Today, I will tell you about it in detailed.

Restore system files and settings from a restore point

If your computer is bootable, you can try this solution and restore system files and settings for your computer.

Step 1. Click System Restore in the System Properties window and your computer will begin to start System Restore.

System Restore

Step 2. Click Next in the System Restore window.

Restore System Files and Settings from Restore Point

Step 3. Select the available restore point in the following list.

Select Restore Point

Step 4 (optional). Click Scan for affected programs. This option can tell you clearly which programs will be removed since the last restore point.

Step 5. Confirm the selected restore point and click Finish to start the pending operation.

Restore Windows 10 to earlier date via Advanced options

Step 1. Restart your computer three times to trigger automatic repair in Windows 10.

Step 2. Click on Advanced Startup > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore to open the System Restore window.

Restore from Advanced Options

Step 3. Run System Restore normally according to its on-screen instructions.

Restore computer to previous date in safe mode

This Windows mode only runs the essential parts of Windows. And any problematic apps, drivers or settings will be disabled. Thus, you can successfully run system restore in this mode.

Step 1. Run Windows 10 in safe mode. You can click Restart while press and hold Shift key until your computer restart in safe mode.

Step 2. Follow the on-screen instruction and finish the rest of steps.

Restore computer to early date using installation media

If the above method does not work, you can still create an installation media and use it to restore your computer.

Step 1. Download the media creation tool from the Microsoft software download website, install and run it.

Step 2. Select Create installation media for another PC.

Step 3. Choose language and other preference, and then click Next.

Step 4. Follow the steps to create installation media.

Step 5. Connect the installation media to your computer and boot from it.

Step 6. Select Repair your computer in the initial screen.

Repair Your Computer

Step 7. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore on the Choose an option screen.

Step 8. Restore your computer based on the instructions.

System restore not working in Windows 10 – how to fix

When you restore from a system restore a system restore point, you may receive error message like System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.

In general, the error message will come along with an error code, including 0x80070002, 0x80070005, 0x80070091, 0x8000ffff, 0x81000203, 0x80070002.

Here are some common ways you can try and see if it works.

1. Find System Restore in the directory and run it according to the instructions.

You can press F8 and select Safe Mode with Command Prompt at Startup, then log in administrator account, find rstrui in the %systemroot%\windowssystem32restore directory and run it. Then, run System Restore as normal.

2. Make sure you start the Task Scheduler, System Restore Service, Volume Shadow Copy, Windows Backup and set the type to Automatic.

You can right-click the taskbar, select Task Manager, select the Services tab, Click Open Services at the bottom to find the services above, double-click it and set the startup type to Automatic.

3. Run check disk to fix the bad sectors.

You can type cmd in the search box, run it as administrator, type chkdsk E: /f/r and hit Enter to run it.


  • /f parameter can fix any errors it finds

  • /r can locate the bad sectors on the drive and recover readable information

Restore without system restore point via AOMEI Backupper

If you do not have any restore point, you can try free backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper. It allows you to create a backup for your computer on any Windows-based operating system, including Windows 10/8/7/Vista. Then, you can restore system image backup at any time.

If your computer is unbootable, you can create a bootable media and boot your computer. Also, you can use PXE tool to start the unbootable computer.

To create a backup with the following steps

Step 1. Download this software, install and launch it. After that, click System Backup.

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System Backup

Step 2. Select a path to save your image. You can use any device which can be detected by Windows, including external hard drive, USB drive, cloud drive like Dropbox, OneDrive.

Select Destination

Step 3. Click Start Backup to begin the pending operation.

Step 4. Click Restore and Select Task, then select a backup image and the way to restore image, click Start Restore at last.

Select Task

All the solutions mentioned above can also be applied to restore from system restore point in Windows 7, restore from a system restore point in Window 8. But the steps may be a little different.

Wrapping things up

When your computer run slowly or stop responding, even become unbootable, you can restore from a system restore point.

If the system restore not working in Windows 10, you still can fix it. But you may not be a lucky guy all the time. A system image backup is needed. With a backup in hand, you can restore your computer from the backup image when needed.