You can easily open System Restore from the Start menu. However, if you cannot boot into your Windows operating system, you can use WinRE to access the System Restore tool. This article shows you how.
Windows System Restore is a powerful tool that allows you to revert your computer’s settings to an earlier point in time. i.e., a known good state. It’s an awesome feature that can save you from hours of frustration, lost data, and the need to reinstall and configure Windows from the ground up.
When you cannot boot into Windows, you can open System Restore via WinRE. In case you don’t know, WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) is a built-in recovery environment with a set of tools that help you diagnose and repair Windows. For example, you can use it to boot into safe mode, access UEFI, etc.
Using the set of tools provided by WinRE, you can quite easily open the System Restore tool.
So, without delay, let me show you the steps to open the System Restore tool from WinRE in Windows 11.
Important note: To use System Restore, you have to first enable it and create a system restore point. If there is no restore point, you cannot restore your computer to an earlier point in time.
Steps to Open System Restore from WinRE
Follow the below steps to access System Restore from WinRE:
- Turn on your PC.
- When you see the Windows logo, press the power button to turn it off.
- Do this two more times (a total of three times).
- You will see the WinRE screen.
- Here, click on the Troubleshoot > Advanced Options button.
- Next, click the System Restore option.
- It will open the System Restore tool.
- Click Next on the intro screen.
- Select a restore point and click Next.
- Confirm the changes and click Next.
- Press the Finish button.
- That is it; you’ve opened System Restore via WinRE and used it.
First, you need to open WinRE. Since you cannot boot into your computer, you cannot use the standard Advanced Startup or Shift key method. There is another way.
For that, turn on your computer. When you see the Windows logo, press the power button again to turn it off. Do it a couple of more times. i.e., for a total of three times. On the fourth attempt, Windows will automatically take you to the WinRE screen.
In the Windows Recovery Environment, click on the Troubleshoot button.
Next, click on the Advanced Options button.
On this screen, click on the System Recovery option to open the System Recovery tool.
Once the recovery tool opens, click the Next button on the home screen, select your preferred restore point, check the changes, and press the Finish button. This action will restore your computer to a previous point in time. i.e., a known good state.
Once that is done, you can boot into your computer normally.
That is all. It is that simple to access System Restore when you cannot boot into your PC.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.