By AOMEI / Last Updated March 29, 2019

Why need a Windows 8 system restore from boot?

System restore is an excellent tool for various computer issues. When your system gets corrupted or something goes wrong as a result of bad drivers or bad applications you installed, you can restore your system to its last working state. However, at times, some of the changes you make may seriously affect the system, so that your computer refuses to boot.

When this happens, the first thing that comes to your mind is to reinstall Windows. This means all contents on the drive will be overwritten. In addition, reinstalling a system is often a complex and time-consuming process to perform. In fact, you can still do a system restore when the computer won't boot. For detailed instructions of Windows 8 system restore from boot, please read on.

How to do a system restore from boot in Windows 8?

This section provides two methods of doing Windows system restore from boot. Before you do so, you should prepare a system repair disc or a Windows installation disc. Some computer manufacturers offer their users a free recovery USB drive. If you don't have any of those, you should first create a system repair disc on a working computer.

Method 1: Start a system restore from Advanced Boot Options

To use this method, you must first access the Advanced Boot Options. Different devices have different ways. Follow the steps below to access the Advanced Boot Options.

Boot from your Windows installation media

Step 1. Insert the Windows installation media into your computer.

Step 2. Then boot your computer from it.

Step 3. Click Next from the Windows Setup screen.

Step 4. Click Repair your computer at the bottom of the window.

Boot from a system repair disc or a recovery USB drive

Step 1. Connect your repair disc or recovery USB drive to the computer.

Step 2. Boot your computer from this media.

Step 3. Click U.S. on the Choose your keyboard layout screen.

Now, you can access the screen with Advanced Boot Options. Let’s do a system restore from boot.

Step 1. You will get a blue screen that shows you several options. Then choose Troubleshoot.

Step 2. Click Advanced options.

Advanced Options

Step 3. Select System Restore from the list.

System Restore

Step 4. When System Restore is ready, you are asked to choose a user account to continue. Enter the password for the selected account.

Step 5. Click Next to continue.

Click Next

Step 6. Make sure Choose a different restore point is selected and then click Next.

Step 7. Select a restore point from the list. Then click Next.

Step 8. Click Next at the Confirm your restore point screen. Then click Yes to confirm.

Step 9. Wait for the recovery process to be done. Then your computer will restart.

Step 10. Once you log in Windows and go to your Desktop, the confirmation message appears: System Restore completed successfully.

Please be very careful when you use this method as data loss might occur if you choose the wrong options. The other thing is that this solution seems a bit too complicated for the users who are not good at computers. Luckily, the second method makes a real difference.

Method 2: Perform a system restore from boot with the freeware

To perform a Windows 8 system restore from boot easily, AOMEI Backupper Standard is highly recommended. It allows you to restore your system in a very short time with its intuitive interface and simple steps. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Most of all, it is completely free to use and download.

Before restoring, firstly you need prepare a system backup image created by AOMEI Backupper Standard before the computer fails to boot. Fostering a good habit of backing up is fairly important for disaster recovery. It is suggested that you make regular backups with this freeware.

Then you should use this utility to create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Suppose you have done your pre-work. Follow these steps to restore system from boot.

Step 1. Connect the bootable media to your computer. Start the computer and press a specific key to enter into BIOS. Switch the bootable media as the first boot option.


Step 2. It will directly boot into the main interface of AOMEI Backupper Standard. Choose Restore from the left side. Select your backup task (System Backup) from the list. Then click Next.


Step 3. Select a Backup Point from the list. You can choose Restore system to other location. Then click Next.

Backup Point

Step 4. Confirm your operations and then click Start Restore.

Start Restore


  • At Step 4, Enable Universal Restore enables you to restore your system to dissimilar hardware. You can enjoy this feature by upgrading to the Professional edition.

  • This freeware works well when you need to run a system restore from boot in Windows 7 or Windows 10.


Computer problems may happen to Windows 8 users at some point. Or worse, your computer won’t boot successfully. In such case, you can perform a Windows 8 system restore from boot by using the two methods mentioned in this article.

However, you’d better use AOMEI Backupper Standard to restore your system, because it’s easier to operate. By the way, this freeware provides disk restore, files restore and partition restore. You can use them if needed.