Fix: Windows 10, 8.1 is Slow After System Restore

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Have you tried doing a system restore for your Windows 10, Windows 8.1 operating system and it started to move a bit slower afterward? Well, there are plenty of reasons as to why your Windows 10, 8.1 is reacting like this but we will review the main fixes for the Windows operating system if it is not responding as it should after you made the system restore.
Fix Windows 8.1 slow after system restore
Normally when you run a system restore for your Windows 8.1 is because you might of had an issue and you wanted to bring your operating system back to a previous point in time when it worked fine, unfortunately during this process if you encounter a registry error or the restore point was not correctly made you might get exactly this issue.

Tutorial for fixing Windows 8.1 if it slowed down after the system restore process

  1. Recover your system
  2. Free some HDD disk space
  3. Check your drivers
  4. Restore your system from Control Panel
  5. Run an SFC scan

First step: Recover your system

Note: Before attempting this step please make a backup copy of all your important files, folders and applications you have in Windows 8.1

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the “Settings” feature presented there.
  3. From the Settings menu, you need to left click or tap on the “Change PC settings” feature.
  4. Now find and left click or tap on the “Update and recovery” feature.
  5. In the next menu left-click or tap on the “Recovery” button.
  6. Under the topic “Refresh your PC without affecting your files” left-click or tap on the “Get Started” button.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the system refresh.
  8. Now reboot the Windows 8.1 device after the process has finished.
  9. After the device starts, check again to see if your Windows 8.1 is still slow.

Second step: Free some HDD disk space

  1. If the above step did not solve your issues try freeing up some space on the “C:” partition where your Windows 8.1 is installed.
  2. Usually, when the operating system moves slow it is because the hard drive is full.

Third step: Check your drivers

Make sure that after you did the system restore you have updated all the hardware drivers.
Note: They must be compatible with the Windows 8.1 operating system.

Fourth step: Restore your system from Control Panel

  1. We will have to redo again the system restore to make sure the process goes all the way through.
  2. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen.
  3. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the “Search” feature.
  4. In the search dialog box write the following: “Control panel” without the quotes.
  5. After the search has finished you will need to left click or tap on the Control Panel icon.
  6. Now in the search box from the Control Panel window write the following: “Recovery” without the quotes.
  7. Left click or tap on the Recovery feature after the search has finished.
  8. Left click or tap on the “Open System Restore” feature.
  9. Now follow the instructions on the screen properly to bring back your device to an earlier point in time.

Fifth step: Run an SFC scan

  1. Press and hold the Windows button and the “X” button while on the start screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the “Command Prompt” feature with administrator rights.
    Note: if you are prompted by a user account control window left-click or tap on the Yes button to allow access.
  3. In the Command prompt window write the following: “sfc /scannow” without the quotes.
  4. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  5. Now, wait for the system file checker to complete the process.
    Note: It will fix any issues automatically.
  6. After the process has finished write in the command prompt the following: “Exit” without the quotes.
  7. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  8. Reboot your Windows 8.1 device.
  9. After the device starts, check again if the operating system is still slow.

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Many Windows ‘slow-related’ problems are present on many computers, and you can encounter them even on your PC. First of all, we have to mention that before restoring your system (as explained above in the first solution) you have to be careful, as Windows 10 deletes restore points on some PCs. We also have a guide about slow Windows 10 loading and we strongly recommend to check it before starting restoring and fixing your system.

And there you go, if you carefully followed the steps above in the order they are described you would have managed to fix your slow Windows 8.1 operating system after you made the system restore procedure. Also if you do run into any more trouble along the way regarding this subject please write us in the comments section of the page below and me or my colleagues will help you further as soon as we are able.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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