By AOMEI / Last Updated May 25, 2018

Prepare for System Restore when computer won’t boot

As you know, many things will cause computer problems or system issues. When your computer has problems, you can perform system restore to restore your computer to earlier good date. If your computer is in a serious situation and cannot boot, you can still perform a system restore from boot for Windows 10/8/7. To perform system restore when your computer cannot boot, you should prepare a system repair disc or Windows installation disc. If you don’t have one of these devices, you can create a repair disc on another computer. Note that you can only use Windows 10/8/7 disc for the restoring the corresponding version of Windows system.

System restore Windows 10 from boot

After preparing system repair disc or installation disc, you can follow the below steps to perform system restore for Windows 10 from boot.

Step 1. Connect the Connect the USB drive or CD/DVD you prepared. Then boot from the removable device.

Step 2. When Windows load to the Install Windows screen, click Repair your computer to boot into recovery options in Windows 10.

Step 3. Click Troubleshoot, select Advanced options and click System Restore.

Advanced Option

Step 4. Input the account if needed

Step 5. Click Next and follow the wizard to finish the system restore.

System Restore Windows 10 from Boot

Normally, it will take a long time to restore system. Sometimes, it even fails because of Volume Shadow Copy Service error or other errors. For better performance and convenience, you can use free third party software to create image backup and perform system restore.

Tips: This method also allows you to run system restore from boot in Windows 8.

System restore from boot Windows 7

System restore for Windows 7 from boot is a little different from that of Windows 10. You can follow the steps below to see how to perform system restore in Windows 7 when computer won't boot.

Step 1. Connect the USB drive or CD/DVD you prepared. Change the boot order to boot from the removable device.

Step 2. Windows will load required files from the drive or disc. Then the Install Windows screen appears, and you can click Repair your computer to go into System Recovery Options in Windows 7. And then select System Restore.

Tips: you can also Open System Restore using command prompt. At the Install Windows Screen, press Shift + F10 to bring out the command prompt. Type: rstrui.exe and press Enter. This command will open System Restore wizard immediately.

System Restore from Boot Windows 7

Step 3. You can click Recommended restore or Choose a different restore point and click Next. Then follow the wizard to finish the system restore.

How to do system restore from boot with AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Backupper is a professional backup and restore tool which is designed for Windows 10/8/7/Visa/XP. It provides two different ways to restore your system from boot. One way is to use AOMEI PXE tool, the other is to use an AOMEI Backupper bootable media.

To restore system, you need firstly prepare a system image backup created by AOMEI Backupper before computer fails to boot. Then you should create a bootable USB or CD/DVD created by AOMEI Backupper. You can also use another computer to create this bootable media.

Suppose you have a system image backup created before with AOMEI Backupper. To restore system, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Connect the bootable media to the computer to be restored. Connect the storage that contains your backup image as well if any. Boot your computer from the bootable disc.

Step 2. It will directly boot into the intuitive interface of AOMEI Backupper. Click Restore. At the bottom of Restore page, click Path to locate the image backup file that you want to restore. Then click Next.

System Restore

Step 3. It will ask you to select a backup point to restore. Then click Next to select a partition or volume from the image file and click Next.

Step 4. At next screen, select the destination for the partition image that you wish to restore and click Next.

Restore Destination

Step 4. It will show you a summary of this restoring operation, and click Start Restore to start the restoring process.

System Restore Information


1. You can click Edit the size of partition to manually or automatically adjust the partition size and location.

2. AOMEI Backupper also supports dissimilar hardware restore. All you need to do is to tick the option Enable Universal Restore before starting to restore.

3. If your destination is SSD, you can click Align partition to optimize for SSD so that you can have a better performance of SSD.

You have learned how to do a system restore from boot for Windows 10/8/7 with 2 different ways. If you do not mind to use third party tool, there is no reason to bear the Windows built-in tool.