How To Fix System Restore Did Not Complete Successfully

System Restore not working? Stuck with the “System Restore did not complete successfully” error code 0x80070005 on your Windows PC? Don’t worry! You can easily resolve this issue by following a few troubleshooting workarounds.

Before we begin our guide, let’s get a basic understanding of the System Restore feature on Windows and see how it works.

Also read: How to Use System Restore on Windows 11

What is System Restore

What is System Restore

System Restore has helped us throughout like a true savior. It is one of the best Windows utility features that revert your system to a previous state or checkpoint, in a way that it doesn’t affect any of your files or data.

System Restore feature is majorly used when your device fails at any point, during system crashes, app failure, or any other malfunction. The System Restore feature comes in pretty handy as you can easily undo all the recent changes made on your device in just a few clicks and revert your device to a previously created checkpoint.

Also, if your device is performing slowly after installing any certain app or driver, you can use the System Restore feature to roll back your device to an earlier state. In this way, all the recently installed apps, programs, and settings will be uninstalled without affecting your data.

Also read: Things to Do After Restoring Windows Settings Using System Restore

How to Fix the “System Restore Failed” Issue on Windows 11/10?

As of now, we’re sure you are slightly convinced about the importance of the System Restore feature, right? Wondering how to fix the “System Restore not Working” error code 0x80070005 on Windows devices. Let’s get started!

1. Disable Antivirus Software

Disable Antivirus Software

Is your Windows PC installed with any third-party antivirus security software? If yes, then we advise you to temporarily disable it until you’re able to restore your device. If you see the “System Restore did not complete successfully” error message on the screen then exit all windows and then launch the antivirus app.

Head on to Settings and then disable the antivirus tool. After disabling the antivirus software, use the System Restore feature and see whether you’re able to restore your device without encountering any error messages. If your system was successfully restored, enable the antivirus tool again once you’re done.

You can also try disabling Windows Defender’s real-time threat protection. To know more about this, visit this link.

2. Configure System Protection Settings

The next workaround to fix the “System Restore failed” error on Windows is by checking the system protection settings. Here’s what you need to do.

Head on to the desktop, right-click on the “This PC” icon, and select “Properties”. Tap on the “Advanced System Settings” option placed on the right side of the screen.

In the System Properties window, switch to the “System Protection” tab.

System Properties window

Under the “Protection Settings” section, select the drive and if the status of the drive is “Off” then hit the Configure button placed underneath to configure system restore settings of the respective drive.

Press on OK when you’re done making changes.

Also read: How To Use System Restore In Windows 10

3. Run the SFC Command

The System Restore process may also fail due to misconfigured system settings, corrupt system files, or any other discrepancies. To get past this issue, we recommend you run the SFC (System File Checker) command on your device. Follow these quick steps:

Launch the Start menu search box, type Command Prompt, right-click on its title, and select “Run as Administrator”.

Run the SFC Command

In the Command Line window, type the following command and hit Enter.

Command Line window


Wait for a few moments until a complete scan is performed on your device to scan and fix system errors. Once the scan is completed, reboot your device and try using the System Restore feature to see if you’re able to use this utility tool without any hindrances.

Also read: SFC Scan Stops Working on Windows 10? Here’s the Fix!

4. Pick an Alternative Restore Point

Yes, there may be a possibility that a certain restore point might be corrupted. One of the best ways to check this is by choosing a different restore point and see how the restore process carries out. Here’s what you need to do.

Launch the Start menu search box, type “Create a Restore Point” and hit Enter.

In the System Properties window, tap on the “System Restore” button.

System Restore

Pick any other restore point, apart from the one that you were initially chosen. Tap on the “Next” button to proceed.

system restore process

Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the system restore process.

If you were able to restore your device without encountering any error messages, it proves that there was some trouble with that particular restore point only.

Also read: Fixed: Windows Cannot Restore A System Image To A Computer With Different Firmware

5. Run the DISM Tool

Launch Command Prompt in Admin mode.

Copy and paste the following command in the window and then hit Enter to execute it.

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Run the DISM Tool

Wait for a little while until the command is successfully executed to restore the disk health.


This wraps up our guide on how to fix the “System Restore not working” issue on Windows devices. You can use any of the above-mentioned solutions to resolve any issues related to the System Restore utility feature on Windows 11 or Windows 10.

Do let us know which resolution worked out the best for you. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments space!


  • comment_avtar
    Varun Bhatia
    very nice and an informative article without using and advertising any software tool. hope, more such articles are published in future.

    3 years ago
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      Mridula Nimawat
      Thank you for appreciation.

      3 years ago

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