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How to execute System Restore using the Command Prompt in Windows 10?

The System Restore command is useful when a computer virus damages your system's file system. Here is how you do it.

Windows 10 is a highly robust operating system. However, it may still face issues like a file system corruption that may be caused by several reasons. These include power loss, unsafe removal of a drive, or system crash.

System Restore is a process that is opted to restore the file system to a previous snapshot and thus, prevent data loss. When data corruption or an installation failure occurs, the System Restore command takes the file system to a previously saved state so that you do not need to reinstall the Windows again.

When does System Restore become necessary?

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The System Restore command is useful when a computer virus damages your system’s file system. When the file system gets corrupted, you face issues in accessing your files and folders. The System Restore feature reinstates a previous image of the file system. Modern malicious programs like Ransomware block the Safe mode. As a result, you cannot restore your file system from the Control Panel. The only way left is to use the Command Prompt.

How to run the System Restore command using the Command Prompt?

The System Restore command works the same across different Windows versions including Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. To execute the System Restore using the Command Prompt, follow these steps.

  • Go to the Start Menu and search for Command Prompt. Launch the App. Alternatively, press the Windows + R key combination. Type ‘cmd’ and hit Enter.

Launch the Command Prompt
Launch the Command Prompt

  • Type the command: rstrui.exe
  • Press Enter to open the System Restore wizard. It must be noted that some versions of Windows may not demand you to add the suffix ‘.exe’ in the command.

Type the command: rstrui.exe 
Type the command: rstrui.exe and hit Enter

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to navigate through the System Restore process.

What you must know about rstrui.exe?

The rstrui.exe is located in the folder with path, C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe. This tool is present by default in your Windows operating system. However, you must beware of files with a similar name. Since system restoration is a widely opted task, several malicious programs are being created with a similar name. Thus, if your find any file named rstrui.exe, don’t run it as it can be a computer virus. To prevent fake files, ensure that your anti-virus is updated.

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