What is system restore?
System restore is a recovery tool, which allows you to restore your computer to previous good state. During the process, you can restore important Windows files and settings - like drivers, registry keys, system files, installed programs, and more.
In general, Windows will automatically create a record of changes related to a system or software event (called a restore point). But you still can manually create a system restore point.
Can you do system restore in safe mode Windows 7?
We cannot predict the unexpected things, but we can prevent it. To prevent it, some users will choose to create a system restore point. With a system restore point in hand, you can undo the harmful change via System Restore. But if you cannot boot your computer?
You may think about system restore in safe mode. To restore computer in safe mode, you just need an available restore point. That's to say, you need to create a system restore point before your computer crash.
How to do system restore in safe mode Windows 7?
Step 1. Start your computer, and press the F8 key repeatedly before showing the Windows logo
Step 2. Select Safe Mode under the Advanced Boot Options.
Step 3. Click Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore to summon the next window. Or you can directly type System Restore in the search box, then select it.
Step 4. In this window, you need to make sure if the system restore point is working properly at that time. If yes, click Next. If not, tick Choose a different restore point.
Step 5. Confirm the settings are correct and click Finish to start the restore process.
What if you can't boot into safe mode Windows 7?
Sometimes, the Safe Mode may fail to load. That's to say, your computer has deep Operating System issues. In this case, you can try Windows 7 system repair disc. It contains system recovery tools, which can help you recover Windows from a serious error or restore your computer from a system image.
But if you fail to create the system repair disc with an error message that System repair disc could not be created (0x80070057), which is often caused by the incapability with other software, or other errors. You still can create a bootable media with a third-party tool.
I recommend you AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can create a bootable media with ISO image files, CD/DVD or USB device. Also, the bootable media created by AOMEI Backupper can start any Windows Computers, including both 32-bit and 64-bit computer. For example: if you create a bootable media in Windows 7 via AOMEI Backupper, you can use it to start Windows 7 as well as Windows 8/8.1/10.
To create a bootable media, you need a working computer running Windows 7/8/10 and a writable removable drive. If you want to restore your computer, you still need to create a system backup on a working computer and save it to a removable drive.
Using Bootable media to restore your computer with dissimilar hardware
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper professional, install and launch it.
Step 2. Click Create Bootable Media under Utilities tab.
Step 3. In this window, select the type of bootable media. For a better performance, you'd better choose Windows PE. If your system disk is a GPT disk (UEFI boot mode), you'll need to choose Legacy mode or UEFI mode
Step 4. Select storage device for your bootable media. Here, I will take USB boot device as an example. After that, click Next and wait for the final result.
Step 5. Plug your USB hard drive, boot your computer to access the Windows PE environment. At the same time, you need to connect the removable drive, which contains the system image backup.
Step 6. Click Restore, then select a system image you made before.
Step 7. Select a backup point.
Step 8. Preview the operation summary. After that, tick Enable Universal Restore and click Start Restore.
Step 9. Change the boot sequence in BIOS and restart your computer.
In general, if you create a system restore point in advance, you can do system restore in safe mode Windows 7. But if you do not create a system restore point in advance, you can try to repair your computer with Windows 7 system repair disc. Aside from that, you still can use AOMEI Backupper to create bootable media and restore your computer with a system image backup created by another computer. What's more, the bootable media created by AOMEI Backupper can start all versions of Windows computers, including Windows 7/8/8.1/10.