- Sign in using a profile with administrator rights.
- Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run menu.
- Then, type msconfig and hit Enter to open the System Configuration window.
- Open the Services tab and check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services.
- Click Disable all.
- Next, move over to the Startup tab and select Open Task Manager.
- Open the Startup tab in the Task Manager window > select and Disable each program.
- Close the opened windows and restart your computer.
Of course, this is just one way of performing the desired action. You can also boot your system from the Windows Recovery Environment, the Microsoft sign-in screen or via the Settings app.
2. Run the System Restore in the Safe Mode and check the issue status
- Open Start Menu and click on Power button.
- Hold Shift on your keyboard and click on Restart.
- When your computer restarts choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click Restart.
- When your computer restarts again, press F5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.
- After you enter Safe Mode try to perform System Restore.
Just in case you need more information on this topic, here are the Windows Startup Settings, including Safe Mode.
3. Perform System Restore from Advanced Options screen
- After you boot your computer using Windows DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen appears with gray text stating: Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.
- Go ahead and press a key of your choice.
- The next screen will now appear: Choose your keyboard layout screen.
- Select the correct time and Keyboard layout.
- Click Repair your computer in the lower-left corner.
- Select Troubleshoot from the Choose an option screen.
- Then, click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen.
- Finally, select System Restore.
Try to perform the System Restore and check to see if the error still appears. If so, you might want to check some more specific solutions for each potential error code.
4. Fix System Restore issues caused by specific errors
You may also have System Restore problems because of various errors, and we will show you how to fix some of the most important ones.
So, in case this option seems to fail, you might want to make sure that System Restore is enabled on your PC.
Here’s how to check the System Restore status:
- Press Windows Key + R to bring up the Run menu.
- Once it’s opened, type in gpedit.msc.
- In the left pane navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates.
- Then select System and click on System Restore.
- Check the state of thse two options: Turn off Configuration and Turn off System Restore settings.
- If they aren’t set to Not configured, double click each setting and set it to Not Configured.
- Click Apply and OK to save changes.
If after performing this step, you still encounter this error, make sure to follow all our recommandations in this extensive guide.
If the methods from the fixes above do not work, we recommend you to check other system elements that could cause the error.
First of all, check if your antivirus is not doing this. One possible solution coul help you isolate this cause is by running a SFC scan.
Here’s how to perform a system file checker scan:
- Click to open the Start menu.
- Go to the search field box and type in CMD.
- Select Command Prompt from the list of results.
- Right-click and select Run as Administrator.
- In the new window that opens, enter the following command and press Enter:
- Restart your computer.
If you need more information on this topic, here’s a full guide on checking if your antivirus blocks the System Restore process.
There you go, these are some of the best methods to quickly solve the system restore did not complete successfully error.
Have you already tried one or more solutions from our guide? Or perhaps you know of other workarounds that might help to adfress this issue?
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FAQ: Read more about System Restore errors
- Why did System Restore fail?
The System Restore can fail because some apps on your PC interfere with this option. Usually, the software causing these problems are virus and malware protection programs.
- How do you fix System Restore did not complete successfully?
Check if your hard disk has the Protection column value set to ON. If that’s not the problem, read our full guide to fix this problem.
- What happens when System Restore doesn’t work?
If Windows System Restore fails, your computer will boot back to the present state of your system. However, you can fix this with our guide.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2014 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.