It is more than often that System Restore fails to run on Windows based computers. In that case, it is very inconvenient if something has gone wrong with your computer, because you can’t restore your computer back to the previous perfect state.

If you are a Windows user and some of your system files gets corrupt then System Restore is a perfect solution to restore your computer back to the previous states.

What is System Restore?

System Restore is an in-built program in Windows operating systems. It automatically makes back up copies of the Windows states and the installed programs (but not your personal files and folders). When anything goes wrong with your computer and your operating system starts behaving in unusual ways then System Restore allows you to fix your computer back to the previous states.

To launch System Restore in Windows 7 or Windows Vista :
Click Start button Windows 7 Start Button and in the search box type system restore and hit enter.

To launch System Restore in Windows XP :
Click Start button Windows XP Start Button and then go to

All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore
Normal System Restore in Windows 7

Normal System Restore in Windows 7

What if System Restore fails to run?

Viruses or malicious programs often disable System Restore. So if the System Restore fails to run then it indicates an infection or corruption of some system files.

If System Restore fails to run normally then you can try to run it in Safe Mode. To run your computer in safe mode, reboot your PC and keep hitting and releasing F8 unless you get to the black screen as shown below.

Safe Mode Option in Windows 7

Safe Mode Option in Windows 7

You can use the Up and Down arrow keys on the keyboard to select Safe Mode. Once you are in Safe Mode you can try to run System Restore as suggested above.

If in Safe Mode also, System Restore doesn’t run then Windows 7 users have another option called Windows 7 System Repair Disc.

To create Windows 7 System Repair Disc in Windows 7, click Start button Windows 7 Start Button and type system repair disc and hit enter and follow whatever is directed. You’ll require a blank CD-ROM and CD-DVD writer in your computer to burn it.

When disc burning is complete then don’t eject it out but leave it in the drive. Restart your computer and when the screen says Press any key then press any key on the keyboard.


Follow whatever is asked to do. You will soon encounter Choose a recovery tool page. Once, you are there then choose System Restore. Now you can restore your PC to a back date.

Choose a recovery tool Page in Windows 7 System Repair Disc

Choose a recovery tool Page in Windows 7 System Repair Disc