How to Run System Restore via Command Prompt in Windows 10?

Posted by @Ada

May 16, 2019

This article will introduce how to launch system restore via command prompt and how to run system restore in Windows 10 from command prompt.

Overview of System Restore in Windows 10

System Restore in Windows 10 from command prompt is a useful tool to restore system to previous state if anything bad happens to system. Sometimes, a problem is so bad that your computer cannot start properly, that is to say, you cannot run system restore from inside Windows 10.

Luckily, even if all you can do is start in Safe Mode, you can still access Command Prompt, and start the System Restore utility by executing a simple command. 

launch System Restore via the command prompt

As above mentioned, if you are unable to access your Windows session normally, due to some error (driver installation, Windows update) or virus infection. You can try to restore your system settings to an earlier date. Next, you will learn how to launch the System Restore tool from Safe Mode, using the Command Prompt.

Step 1. Start your computer and press F8 until the Windows advanced options menu appears.

Step 2. Click "Safe Mode with command prompt" and then press Enter.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Note: if your computer can boot normally, press Win + R and type cmd in the Run box.

Step 3. Sign in using an administrator account if needed. Once the command prompt is showing, type the command: rstrui.exe, then press Enter.

Note: this comamand may have slightly difference among all versions of Windows.

Launch System Restore

Step 4. Here you will come to System Restore wizard. You can either use recommended restore point or choose a restore point. Then click Next. Follow the instruction to complete system restore.

System Restore

However, this method can be tricky sometimes. You may get error message: Windows cannot find a system image on this computer. You’d better run a guaranteed system restore.

Run system restore in Windows 10 using command prompt with AOMEI

If you cannot access safe mode with command prompt, there is still another way to run system restore in Windows 10 from command prompt: use a third party software.

AOMEI Backupper is one of the best backup and restore software. With it, you can restore system, partition, hard drive to previous date. You can even restore system to a dissimilar hardware.

Before running system restore using command prompt in Windows 10, first of all, you should have a system backup created by AOMEI Backupper. Because AOMEI Backupper restore is only based on AOMEI Backupper backup. If you haven’t created a system backup with AOMEI Backupper, you can create one now based on another system working properly.

If you cannot boot computer, create a bootable media with AOMEI. Boot machine from bootable media and it will bring you to the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. Open command line under Utilities tab.

To make sure the restore process is smooth, you can use Check Image utilities to check if system image backup is intact and without error.

Some required parameters

{/r}: restore the backup of system, disk, partition or dynamic volume.

{/t} {system | disk | part}: specify restore type. 

{/s}{D:\my backup\my backup.adi | \\\my backup\my backup.adi}: specify the path of the image file.

[/x]: specify universal restore to restore system to dissimilar hardware. It has to be used with "/t system" and "/t disk".

Let’s see how to run Windows 10 system restore using command prompt with AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Navigate to AOMEI Backupper installation directory by typing the following command in command line and press Enter. For example: cd C:\Program Files (x86)\AOMEI Backupper.

Note: If you run this command under Windows PE environment, the drive letters might change.

Step 2. Run the following command to start restore: AMBackup /r /t [backup type] /s "[backup location path]"  /d [destination location]

For example: To restore the system backup saved in J:\systembackup1 to disk 1. You should type the command:

AMBackup /r /t system /s “J:\system backup\systembackup1.adi” /d 1

System Restore from Command Prompt Windows 10

If you need to restore to another computer, AOMEI Backupper Universal Restore feature can make this very easy.

For example: Run system restore in the image named "systembackup1.adi" to the partition 0 on disk 0 and perform a universal restore. 

AMBackup /r /t system /s "D:\system backup\systembackup1.adi" /d 0:0 /x

Restore with AOMEI GUI

After the bootable media bring you to the main interface of AOMEI Backupper, you can also choose to restore easily from AOMEI GUI if you are not fond of using command line. It only takes you 3 steps.

Step 1. Click Restore and choose a system image backup point and click Next.

Step 2. Choose a destination disk you want to recover and click Next.

Step 3. Confirm the operation summary and click Start Restore.

System Restore


To make a conclusion, system restore Windows 10 with command prompt can may helpful to revert your system to a good state, but System Restore is not as almighty as you think. There is something that system restore will not restore, for example, your personal files. Also, it cannot remove virus.

If you have a system backup created by AOMEI Backupper, you can run system restore in Windows 10 using command prompt very easily with the help of AOMEI Backupper. With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can run system restore in Windows 10 using command prompt very easily. Also, you can choose to restore from AOMEI GUI.

Besides backup and restore, AOMEI Backupper is also an excellent disk clone software. With it, you can make an exact copy of hard drive. If you need to keep OS on SSD, you can use this software to clone OS to SSD. Besides Windows 10, this tool can be used in Windows 7/8/8.1/XP/Visa.

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.