How to open System Restore in Command Prompt When Windows No Longer Loads

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System restore screen

When you are troubleshooting your Windows problems, you might end up doing a system restore. System Restore allows you to roll back your system settings to a prior date without affecting your personal files are only system settings will be rolled back.

However, if you are no longer able to load Windows, it is a real problem. But you can also try to boot your computer into Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, or Safe Mode with Networking. To do this, you need to press F8 key when you restart your computer to get the Advanced Boot options. There you can select to boot into Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command Prompt or Safe Mode with Networking.

The goal of this article is to start System Restore using command prompt and you can do this in any boot mode mentioned above. Here are the steps for Windows Vista and Windows 7 (and Windows 8).

Opening System Restore in Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Promp by going to Start => Search
  2. In the Search box, type: CMD
  3. Press Enter or click on CMD.EXE in the displayed results
  4. Type rstrui.exe
  5. Press enter to execute the command
    System Restore in command prompt
  6. Then System Restore dialog box will appear
     

How to Start System Restore Using RUN

Another faster way to start System Restore is using the RUN box. You need to be able to boot to any mode via F8 to perform this task.

  1. Right in your desktop screen, press and hold the Windows logo key and press R.
  2. The RUN box will open.
  3. In the RUN box, type: rstrui.exe
    System Restore in RUN box
  4. Then press Enter or click OK.

In either procedures above, you shall get the System Restore dialog box to roll back your system settings to a prior date.