By Delia / Last Updated September 11, 2020

System Restore Windows 10/8/7 from boot when error arises

As you know, Windows is a very sophisticated operation system, some unintentional mistakes can cause it to go wrong. Maybe it was just fine a few hours before, but suddenly breaks down and doesn’t even start. Luckily when serious error occurs, you can try System Restore from boot other than panic. Thus all the mistakes can be solved by restoring your system to an earlier date.

To perform Windows 10/8/7 restore from boot, you should prepare a system recovery drive or Windows installation disc in advance. If you don’t have any, or simply find the process too cumbersome, there’s an easy alternative to boot your computer and restore Windows to a normal state. I’ll cover it in the following article.

1. How to System Restore Windows 10/8 from boot?

If you’ve got a recovery drive or installation disc, you can follow the guide to enter Windows 10 boot recovery.

This approach can also be applied to Windows 8.


1. Insert the disc you prepared and boot the computer with it. You may need to change boot order in BIOS.

2. Select the language and region in Windows Setup, then click Next > Repair your computer.

Repair Your Computer

3. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced and choose System Restore among all the options.

System Restore

4. It will take some time to prepare for the restoring, then you’ll be required to log in the account.

Preparing System Restore

5. When the System Restore wizard pops out, click Next, select the restore point and click Next again to continue.

System Restore Next

6. Now you can confirm the operation and click Finish to start restoring.

7. Restart your PC when it completes.

Note it usually takes quite a long time to finish Windows 10 boot recovery. Sometimes it even fails because of Volume Shadow Copy Service error or other issues. For your convenience, method 3 is recommended.

2. How to System Restore from boot in Windows 7?

It’s a little different to perform System Restore from boot in Windows 7, so I listed the steps separately.


1. Insert the repair disc and boot the computer with it. Change boot order in BIOS if needed.

2. Choose Next > Repair your computer in Install Windows.

Repair Your Computer Win 7

3. Then the System Recovery Options will pop out. Select System Restore here.

Win 7 System Restore

4. Click Next in the System Restore wizard, choose the restore point and hit Next to continue.

Win 7 System Restore Wizard

5. Confirm it and click Finish to get started.

6. When the restoring is over, Restart your computer.

Alternately, you can run System Restore using command prompt. Just press Shift + F10 at the Install Windows Screen to bring out the command prompt, then type: rstrui.exe and press Enter. This command will open System Restore wizard immediately.

3. Alternative to restore Windows 10/8/7 easily without CD

No matter you are running Windows 10 or Windows 7, an installation disc, recovery drive or repair disc is always required to perform System Restore from boot. So if you don’t have any, or simply want an easier process, a backup & restore freeware like AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good choice.

It is designed for Windows 10/8/7/Visa/XP, and provides complete backup & restore feature not only for OS but also for disks, partitions and specific files. There’s even a free tool Create Bootable Media can help you create recovery drive on your own and restore unbootable computer to normal state. Most of all, the process is really simple along with a delightful running speed.

Now I’ll introduce how it works.

  • Backup and restore Windows system easily

Compared with System Restore in Windows 10 from boot, the system backup & restore feature provide by AOMEI Backupper Standard is much more intuitive in operation, so as to be used as a daily protection measure for your computer.

With the schedule option, you can even make it to run automatically on a regular basis.


1. Download and install the software. Navigate to Backup and click System Backup.

System Backup

2. Your OS will be automatically selected as the source, so you just need to specify a destination path, and click Start Backup to begin.

In this step, you can edit Task Name to make it easy to distinguish, manage more settings in Options, set an automatic backup task in Schedule, or set a rule to auto delete older backups in Scheme (advanced editions only).

Select Destination

3. Wait till the process ends, click Finish to exit.

System Backup Complete

4. To restore the system image, you just need to click Restore, find the task or the image file you want, and click Start Restore.

Select Image File


> If you’re a cautious person who’d like to create more backup points on regular basis, be sure to set up a Schedule. There are 3 free options - Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and 2 paid options - Event triggers, USB plug in.

  • Create a bootable media in case your computer can’t boot

If you’ve encountered serious errors that caused PC failure in booting, you must know how frustrated it was. So why not create a bootable media just in case? It will be a big help when your computer suddenly goes down. And just like boot recovery in Windows 10, you can restore to earlier system image from boot under WinPE.


1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, click Tools at the left panel and choose Create Bootable Media.

Create Bootable Media

2. Choose the second disc type Windows PE for its flexibility and convenient operations. Click Next to continue.

Windows Bootable Disc

3. If your system is on a GPT disk, choose from following options and click Next.

Windows Legacy Boot

4. Specify the storage media which you’ve connected and click Next to create the bootable media.

Three Bootable Media

5. When it’s complete, pull out the disc or USB. Now you can use it to boot the crashed computer into Windows PE and perform system restore with the backup previously created by AOMEI Backupper.


> Some older computers may not support booting from USB. If so, create a bootable disc instead.

> If you want to use the bootable media on multiple computers with different hardware configurations, you can choose the second option in Step 3 for better compatibility. Otherwise just keep the default selection.

  • Restore an unbootable PC without earlier backup nor recovery drive

The worst case scenario is that something has gone wrong with your computer and you can’t start it anymore, but not only do you not have a bootable disk and restore point, but you haven't used a tool like AOMEI Backupper before the disaster either. Is there any hope in this situation?

Well, this actually happened to a lot of people. You can solve it using the software but with a little more effort.

Now that your PC has crashed and you can obviously not create a bootable media from it, so try following process:


1. Finding a working PC with Windows system (better be the same OS as yours). Download and install AOMEI Backupper Professional on it since there’s a required feature only available in advanced editions.

2. Create bootable media and system backup image on the working PC with above methods. You can save the image to a NAS or USB for later use.

3. Start the crashed computer with the bootable device, you may need to change the boot priority in the BIOS/UEFI.

4. Choose Restore and manually select the image file you created in that working PC to get started.

5. Check the option of Universal Restore in Operation Summary page, which is specially designed to restore system to dissimilar hardware, so that your computer can start up after recovery. Then click Start Restore.

Universal Restore


> After restoring Windows to dissimilar hardware, you might be required to enter license codes of Windows, Office, etc.

> After restoration, the system of the recovered computer will be in accord with the system you backed up on that working PC.


When your computer crashes and fails to start up properly, you can use System Restore from boot in Windows 10/8/7 to bring it back to an earlier date. But the process is relatively complicated and unfriendly to users who don’t have a repair disc or installation disc.

As an easier alternative, AOMEI Backupper enables you to create system image with flexible options, and restore it quickly when needed. You can even create a bootable media to start up unbootable computer, restore system to dissimilar hardware, or boot multiple computers within LAN through network.