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Fix System Restore did not complete successfully on Windows 10

Windows System Restore is a very useful feature that creates snapshots of certain files and information before critical operations such as updates or software installations take place. If after performing certain activity windows start to misbehave you can revert back your system to a previous working state by performing System Restore. But sometimes System Restore fails with an error message saying “System Restore did not complete successfully”. A number of users report while tried to use System Restore to revert to a previous restore point. The process failed with error System restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s system files and settings were not changed. Here is the complete message

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s system files and settings were not changed.
An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070005)

System restore failed windows 10

This problem occurs because certain files are not replaced correctly if a file conflict occurs during the restore process. This can be due to Antivirus software is interfering with System Restore. Error in the System Protection service that prevents System Restore from completing, disk write errors or it may be corrupt or missing Windows system files. Whatever the reason, here are some effective solutions to fix System restore did not complete successfully An unspecified error occurred during System Restore error 0x80070005.

Uninstall Antivirus Application

As suggested by the error dialog, Antivirus running on the computer causes the issue. We recommend temporarily disabled the antivirus program that you are using on the system, even uninstalling it didn’t make any difference in the situation.

  • You can do this from the control panel
  • programs and features
  • select installed antivirus application
  • Click on Uninstall.

Perform System restore on Safe mode

Also, Boot into safe mode and perform a System restore, check if this helps.

Try with safe mode.

  • From the desktop press the Windows flag key and R to gather.
  • Type msconfig and click ok.
  • This will open the system configuration utility.
  • Select the boot tab and check safe boot.
  • Click apply and click ok now restart the computer.
  • This will reboot the computer in safe mode and check if system restore helps.

Alternatively, perform a clean boot, to start Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This helps eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program or an update or when you run a program in Windows. You may also troubleshoot or determine what conflict is causing the problem by performing a clean boot.

Check Volume Shadow Copy Service is Running

If windows Get an error on the volume shadow copy service or if this service not started then you may face this system restore failed error. So that you must check this service is running. if this service is not started you can manually start by following the below steps.

  • Press Windows + R, type services.msc and ok
  • scroll down and look for Volume Shadow Copy service.
  • Right-click on the Volume Shadow Copy service and select restart.
  • Also, check and make sure Volume Shadow Copy service startup type is set automatic
  • Now close the Windows services window and perform a System Restore check this time it’s completed successfully.

Repair Corrupt System Files

Most of the time corrupted system files cause different Errors and may system restore fails due to these corrupted/missing system files. Run the Windows SFC utility to find and restore missing system files is a good solution to fix the corrupt system file issue.

  • Search for command prompt, Right-click and select run as administrator,
  • Type command sfc /scannow and press enter key.
  • This will check the system for missing a Corrupted file if found any the sfc utility restore them with the correct one.
  • wait until 100% complete the scanning process and restart windows.
  • Now perform a System restore check this time you get succeed.

Run sfc utility

Check Hard Disk for Errors

Also, Sometimes disk errors can prevent the system from restoring/upgrading or installing any programs. If the methods above did not work, you should do a chkdsk to let the system scan the drive for errors.

For This Again open command prompt as administrator, then type command chkdsk c: /f /r command and press Enter key.

Tips: CHKDSK is the short of Check Disk, C: is the drive letter you want to check, /F means fix disk errors and /R stands for recover information from bad sectors.

check disk errors

When it prompts “Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)”. Answer Yes to that question by pressing the Y key on your keyboard and press Enter. Restart your computer.

After restarting, the disk checking operation should start. Wait until Windows check your disk for errors. If you found error by checking the hard disk and memory, You should try to fix them. There are many system optimizer tools available online. You can use anyone If you trust that program.

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