How to Perform System Restore in Safe Mode Windows 10?

Posted by @AOMEI

May 16, 2019

Windows 10 System Restore can easily restore Windows to earlier time version when your current system or programs are in issues. If Windows 10 cannot load successfully, you can perform system restore in Safe Mode.

What problems can system restore fix?

System Restore is a built-in feature which that can help you restore Windows to earlier date. Generally, it can fix issues causing your computer slow or non-responding. After a system restore, your personal data will remain unchanged. Recently installed updates, programs, drivers will be uninstalled.

If any of your installed programs does not work as it should, system restore can fix it. If your registry, system scripts, batch files or other system files are corrupted, system restore will restore them back to previous version.

With system protection enabled, Windows will create a snapshot of the protected volume. The files that have been modified when taking the snapshot will be available in Windows 10 Previous Versions. You can restore files via Previous Versions.

How to boot into safe mode Windows 10?

The easiest way to boot into Safe Mode is to click Restart while press and hold Shift key, and then Windows 10 will restart into Safe Mode. You can also boot into Safe Mode using System Configuration tool. To open it, type “msconfig” (without quotes) into a Run window. then under Boot tab, check the option Safe Mode.

System Configuration

Some system files failure may lead to Windows 10 failed to boot. If you cannot even boot into Windows 10 normally, Windows will enter Automatic Repair mode after 3 times of attempts to boot Windows 10. You can also manually interrupt the normal boot process to enter Windows 10 Automatic Repair.

Automatic Repair

From there, follow the path “Advanced options” >“Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.” After reboot, you can select to boot into regular Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt by pressing the corresponding key. You can also boot from Windows 10 recovery drive to enter Safe Mode.

System Restore from Safe Mode

You can enter minimal Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Command Prompt to restore Windows 10 to previous version. You can refer to the steps below:

1.   Search “system recovery” in the Windows 10 search box and select the result Recovery.

2.   In a new window, click Open System Restore.

Open System Restore

3. Then you can select one of the available restore points to do system restore in Safe Mode. It also recommended to scan for affected programs before starting system restore.

4. Click Next and Finish to start system restore in Windows 10.

If you prefer Safe Mode with Command Prompt, then can type:”rstrui.exe” and press Enter to open System Restore.

Can System Restore fix all problems?

As mentioned, your personal data will not be affected by system restore, so you cannot rely on system restore to restore your deleted files. If your files are encrypted by ransomware, system restore cannot remove the virus, nor can it restore your files.

Furthermore, system restore points are stored in the corresponding volume. That is to say, if the volume crashes, the system restore points are also gone. Therefore, if you want to fix your computer from serious problems and restore data back, you should have image backups.

To create image backups, you can use free Windows backup and recovery software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It allows you to backup files and folders, Windows 10 system, partitions or entire hard drives. It also enables you to clone hard drives to SSDs without any issues.

All backups are protected with a special image file format that only AOMEI Backupper can open and read. You can aslo set multiple Windows 10 scheduled backup instead of one, and you can perform incremental backup or differential backup besides full backup.

With its user-friendly interface, you can easily create a system backup of Windows 10 with a few clicks.

Backup Tab

With one or more backups ready, you can restore Windows 10 at any time. If your system can boot well, you can perform restore task with Windows 10. If your system cannot boot, there are three ways to load AOMEI Backupper to restore your PC.


When your computer fails to boot into Windows 10, it is a good practice to do a system restore in Safe Mode. If your computer is in a more serious situation, you may not even boot into Safe Mode. To have your system and data protected against such problems, you should create image backups with AOMEI Backupper. 

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.