System Restore did not complete successfully [FULL GUIDE]

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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  • If you encounter the System Restore Did not Complete Successfully problem in Windows, it means that you tried performing a System Restore but the process didn't succeed for a number of possible reasons. 
  • The first step to deal with this is to keep the computer in a clean boot status, and then to run the System Restore in the Safe Mode. Don't worry if you don't know how to do that. Follow our instructions below.
  • System Errors at annoying, to say the least. Tackle them in our Windows System Errors section
  • You don't need to call a computer technician yet. Try to fix the problem yourself by reading our articles from the Windows 10 errors Hub.
how to fix System Restore Did not Complete Successfully

How do I fix System Restore did not complete successfully error on my Windows 10/8.1/8 PC or laptop?

  1. Keep the computer in a clean boot status and check
  2. Run the System Restore in the Safe Mode and check the issue status
  3. Perform System Restore from Advanced Options screen
  4. Fix System Restore issues caused by specific errors

It’s hard to keep up with the growing amount of troubles that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users are receiving, but we’re doing our best in order to help out affected users.

Today we’re trying to solve the System Restore problem.
system restore crash windows 8.1
The System Restore function has been slightly revamped in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but it remains just as useful as before.

However, there are some unlucky Windows 8.1 users that have been reporting various problems with this option.

We discuss one of them and try to address it with some potential fixes.

The main problem is that the System Restore is not completing no matter what restore point is selected, according to the affected users.

How can I fix System Restore did not complete successfully in Windows?

Here’s how the complaint of this Windows 8.1 users sounds like and if it is similar to yours, read lower for some potential fixes:

I have tried running system restore on my windows 8.1 PC but no matter what restore point is selected, system restore always fails. The message that is diplayed is- System Restore did not complete successfully.

Your computer’s system files and settings were not changed. Details:
System Restore failed to extract the file(C:WindowsWinStoreAppxSignature.p7x) from the restore point.

The restore point was damaged or was deleted during the restore. You can try System Restore again and choose a different restore point. If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method. Is there anyway this issue can be resolved and I can continue with system restore?

1. Keep the computer in a clean boot status

Here’s how to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows 10.

2. Run the System Restore in the Safe Mode and check the issue status

Here are the Windows Startup Settings, including safe mode.

3. Perform System Restore from Advanced Options screen

  1. After you boot your computer using Windows DVD or System Repair Disc, a black screen appears with gray text Press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Press any key
  2. Select the correct time and Keyboard type
  3. Click Repair your computer in the lower-left corner
  4. Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen
  5. Click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen
  6. Select System Restore

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 here some of the most important. First of all, for all Windows 10 users, we have a general fix for System Restore not working.

If you are not yet a Windows 10 user then you might be interested in fixing System Restore on Windows 8.1.

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. Here’s a full guide on checking if your antivirus blocks System Restore process.

If it is not blocking, then you might get this issue because of 0x80070091 and 0x800700b7 errors.

FAQ: Read more about System Restore errors

  • Why did System Restore fail?
The System Restore can fail because some software on your computer conflict with the System Restore. 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?
Nothing bad is happening. 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 post was originally published in September 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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