Restoring Windows 10

Restoring your Windows 10 back to its original state is just a matter of a few seconds. However, there might be several struggles in doing this task that might confuse you or even get you irritated at some point. Understanding which we have come up with a guide that will answer your “how long does a system restore take” question.  So read the full article to find out how long does a system restore takes and how to get the system restore done smoothly. 

  Well, if you are seeking an answer to “how long does System Restore take on Windows 10, 7, or Windows 8”, most probably you must be experiencing the System Restore stuck issue. Because the actual operation can usually take about 20-45 minutes to finalize, based on the system size but definitely not a few hours. Thus if it so happens that it’s taking really long like around 1-2 hours, you can be sure that your system restores process is stuck, but you can fix it, it isn’t really a big issue. Read on to find the solution to this problem.  

Generally what happens when you run Windows 10 and start System Restore in the System Protection window, is that you might be stuck at the screen, saying:

Please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restored

System Restore is initializing”.

If that’s the case, it means that your Windows System Restore stuck in initialization. Here, it’s important to know that your Windows System Restore stocks at two instances: first in initialization and second in restoring files. 

So here are a few tips and ways in which you can resolve the Windows 10 System Restore Stuck issue.

Performing System Restore in the Safe Mode:
Window 10 - Performance system

In the usual scenario if you are using the System Restore tool to get your restore done and it happens that the system is stuck at initializing screen or at restoring files during a System Restore in Windows 10 is performed. Then it’s suggested to wait for a little longer and then check the status. Because it usually takes a long time to complete the restoration operation when a lot of data is included in the restore point itself.

However, this isn’t the case always. Sometimes, the Windows 10 System Restore is stuck for more than even an hour. In such a case, it’s recommended to force shut down and restart the computer, then check the status again. 

Even now if your Windows returns again to the same screen, then it has to be fixed in the Safe Mode(using WinRE). The following are the steps to do so.

1. An installation media is to be prepared first of all. You’ll find the Windows 10 tools to create an installation media on the Microsoft website itself, get it installed in your current system.

2. The next step is inserting this created media into the system, and change the booting order then boot the computer from it.

3. Click the “Repair your computer” option in this new Install Windows screen to enter the WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment). 

4. Select an option: Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.

5. Press the F6 key to select the Safe mode for a restore with a Command option together.

6. Select an account and enter the appropriate password. 

7. In the pop-up Command Prompt window, type rstrui.exe then press the Enter key.

8. Finally, start the System Restore in Safe Mode for recovery.

This will surely fix the Windows 10 System Restore stuck issues in a safe and effective way. Well the trouble of System Restore stuck on initializing or System Restore hang on restoring files might not be resolved here only; in that case, do follow the next solution. 

Go for Startup Repair: 

Window 10 - Startup Repair

It’s quite obvious now that once you force shut down the windows, then restart it will make your computer run normally and also quite smoothly. But, when restoring system points to the previous state, System Restore hung up on initializing appears again. This might happen because the boot manager is corrupted, if that is the case it has to be simply fixed through Startup Repair. All you need to do for this is enter WinRE. Then, Select the option Troubleshoot. Thereafter, select Advanced Options > Startup Repair.

If this solution doesn’t work, then try the next solution. 

Run an SFC: 

The SFC stands for System File Check (SFC.exe). It is actually a Windows utility application, which helps the users to scan for corruption in Windows system files. It automatically restores the corrupted files, if it finds any. 

Note: Certain files get damaged when the issues of System Restore in Windows 10 taking forever arises. 

In such a case, running System File Check to scan Windows becomes mandatory. Once done, check for the corrupted files. Then follow the below steps.

1.  An installation media is to be prepared first of all. You’ll find the Windows 10 tools to create an installation media on the Microsoft website itself, get it installed in your current system. 

2. The next step is inserting this created media into the system, and change the booting order then boot the computer from it.

3. Click the “Repair your computer” option in this new Install Windows screen to enter the WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment). 

4. Navigate and Select the option: Troubleshoot. Then click Advanced Options > Command Prompt.

5. Select an account and enter the corresponding password.

6. A pop-out window appears, type SFC /scannow in this window then press Enter to troubleshoot the missing or corrupted system files on Windows 10. 

So now you are almost done, patiently wait until the verification reaches 100%. Once this is done, run the System Restore again to check if it is still stuck on restoring files or initializing.

In addition to the above-mentioned three solutions, you can also perform a full system virus scan using Windows Defender before running a final System Restore so as to ensure the PC is free from any virus. Or you can also run full disk cleanup and then perform the system restore.

Well, I hope you found the appropriate solution to your problem. Keep reading our posts to find such good tips and tricks. 

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Kristina Barooah
I am Kristina Barooah, currently a Computer Science Engineering(CSE) student of Lovely Professional University. I an experienced technical content creator. I write on the trending technologies and their appropriate usage including AWS services, several programming languages like Python, R, JavaScript, and their appropriate usage. Also, operations on network security and operating systems. I have recently worked with RackUp, an international digital marketing company as a Technical writer intern also I have written several tech blogs on AWS services on Medium for the Students wing of Amazon Web Services. In addition to this, I have worked with numerous Student organizations of some reputed companies including Google and Amazon Web Services. I have also, been awarded twice for my excellence in English proficiency. As a Computer Science Engineering student, I am keenly interested in BigData, Machine Learning (ML), Cloud Building, Artificial Intelligence(AI) to name a few. You can check my profile on linked, the URL is linked below.

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