How to Run System Restore from Command Prompt Windows 7

May 15, 2019

How to run system restore from command prompt in Windows 7? Go ahead and see this article, it will introduce you an easy way to restore Windows 7 from CMD.

When do you need to restore Windows 7?

System restore from command prompt in Windows 7 is a quite useful action when your system has crashed or cannot boot. Most users would like to restore system from a system backup instead of reinstalling Windows.

Reinstalling system is a time-consuming process, for it wipes all your files and programs. While system restore allows you to revert Windows to an earlier date when everything was working fine, thus bringing your computer backup to life.

In addition, when you buy a new computer and want to keep the old system, you can restore the old system to the new computer. In this way, you can keep everything on the old system like programs and applications installed on the new computer.

You can perform a System Restore from within Windows, or even if you can’t get Windows to start. Read on after the jump to find out more.

launch System Restore via the command prompt

When it comes to system restore with command line when Windows cannot boot, the first comes to mind is system recovery options command prompt in Windows 7. It is true. However, If you use Wbadmin start recovery command, you will get the following error:

Warning: The START RECOVERY command is not supported in this version of Windows.

That is some of the sub-commands of Wbadmin are only available for server, wbadmin start recovery is one of them. This command is used to perform files/volumes/applications that were backed up using Windows server backup.

Luckily, you can open System Restore by the command prompt.

1. Open CMD in system recovery option and type rstrui.exe and press Enter. This command will open System Restore wizard immediately.

Launch System Restore

2. Choose a restore point and click Next. Follow the instruction to complete system restore.

System Restore

Launch System Restore via Safe Mode with command prompt

There is still another way to launch System Restore, you can go to Safe Mode with command prompt.

Restart your computer, during the start process, repeatedly press F8 until Windows Advanced Boot Options appears, select Safe Mode with command prompt and press Enter.

Safe Mode with Command Line

This will open the command prompt, type cd restore and press Enter. Then type rstrui.exe and press enter. Then you will launch the System Restore and you can follow the wizard to complete restore process.

Restore Windows 7 with AOMEI.exe

AOMEI Backupper is a trustable backup and restore software. You can either backup and restore the system from Graphic Users Interface or command line. The best part is you can restore system to a dissimilar hardware.

Besides, it supports Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Visa

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".

AOMEI Backupper restore is based on AOMEI Backupper backup. That is to say, if you want to perform system with AOMEI, you must create a system image backupby AOMEI Backupper.

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

In most cases, users need to do system restore because their operating system has crashed and cannot boot. If this is the case of you, you should 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, and do the following.

Let’s see the detailed steps to run system restore from command prompt in Windows 7 with AOMEI Backupper.

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

Tips: 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. The command should be:

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

System Restore from Command Prompt Windows 7

If you need to restore to a dissimilar hardware, it is also a simple operation with the help of AOMEI Backupper Universal Restore feature.

For example: Restore system 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

This method also applies to system restore with command in Windows 10.

Restore with AOMEI GUI

If there is nothing wrong with your Windows 7, you just want to restore it to a specific point to uninstall some programs or migrate system to another disk, like SSD or something alike. You do not have to run system restore from command prompt in Windows 7, you can also carry out the operations by directly launch this software graphic user interface in Windows.

Click Restore and choose a system image backup point and click Next. Choose a destination disk you want to recover and click Next. Confirm the operation summary and click Start Restore.

It is an easy and simple operation, you can make it with only a few clicks.


No matter run system restore from command prompt in Windows 7 by AOMEI Backupper or run system restore from AOMEI GUI, you can make it without efforts. Besides system restore, AOMEI Backupper is also an excellent system backup and disk clone software. With it, you can clone hard drives, migrate Windows 7 to SSD easily.

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.