How Long Does System Restore Take in Windows 10/8/7 2021

A system restore is a convenient way to roll back any changes you made that didn’t go as planned. This article explains how long does a system restore take in Windows 10, 7 and 8. We will also show you what to do if the system restore process gets stuck or if it is taking an hour to complete.

Let’s jump in!

All You Need to Know About System Restores

If you face some issue with your system and it shows errors when you start with any app software, then it means that there is some problem with the driver or application that is installed.

To bring your system back to normal, you need to fix it. If you choose system restore, then it allows users to revert their system back to the working state.

Windows periodically create a restore point and also allow users to do it manually as well if required.

Note: Now, before you install a new driver or app or running windows update, it is recommended that you create a new Windows 10 system restore point. You have the option to run the recent restore point if anything goes wrong.

How much time does a system restore take in Windows 10/8/7?

As estimated, it takes around 30-40 minutes for the process to take place. Moreover, an additional 10-15 minutes is required in the final step. If it takes more than this time, then it means you are stuck and need some additional steps.

The process is simple and easy to follow and anyone can follow it without any difficulty.  There is a little time difference in Windows 7 system restore and other versions of windows.

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Learn To Perform a Windows 10 Restore Point

If your computer is creating a problem while you are working and want to fix it as soon as possible, then you can restore it to an earlier point that you have created already or was created by the system automatically. For this, you need to follow the steps below:

  • In the first step, you need to hit the start button and type restore.

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  • Then click on create a restore point.
  • You shall be able to see a system properties dialogue box on the main screen.
  • After this, you need to click on system restore.
  • It shall take you to the system restore wizard with its brief description of the box. Hit Next.

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  • This page shall be listed with the restoring point available. It contains the most recent automatic restore point that is set by the system and manual restore points.
  • You need to tick “show more restore points,” and you shall show restore points that are created by the windows.
  • Then you need to select the ideal restore point that is based on its date to restore the most recent works. Then click on “scan for affected programs.”
  • It will take a few seconds to bring two separate lists of programs and drivers dialogue box.
  • The first list shows programs that are going to be deleted and are mentioned in the top section, whereas the second list shows programs that might be restored and are mentioned in the bottom section.
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Now it is possible that the programs and drivers that are listed in the second sections may not work properly once your system gets restores. It is better to reinstall them. In such a case, there is “none detected” in the below section.

  • After making a thorough check, click choose and hit next.

If users do not wish to scan for the detected programs, then they can click on next directly.

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  • It will then ask you on which drive you to want to restore. Just select the drive that carries windows and hit next.
  • You need to be sure that you have selected the correct restore point, hit finish.
  • After this system, restore shall confirm you for the process once again, and once done, it cannot be undone. If users are willing to do it, then hit yes.
  • Your computer system will then restart, to begin with, the process. It will tale around 40 minutes to finish. Once done, check to see if the windows work properly or not.

Now interestingly, right before the process begins, it creates a new restore point. This makes sure that users can undo the restore the modern “automatics restore point.”

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Setting up a System Restore in Windows 10

Now for most of the users, it is required to turn the system restore on and enable it for drive C: or any particular specific drive. If you wish to create your restore points, then you need to follow the steps below:

  • In the first step, you need to hit start, then type restore and click on “create a restore point”.

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  • Now on the system protection tab, you shall find the “protection settings” section with all the available drives on your computer system.
  • Then there on the right side, the drivers are labelled with ON and OFF. This tells whether protection for drives is enabled or not.
  • In the above image, you can see that drive C is protected already and enabled for the system restore. If this is not your case, then you would want to know how to enable it.

The “D” Drive:

The process would be the same for all the other drives.

  • You need to select the drive and hit on configure to turn it on.
  • Then you need to select turn on system protection. Set max usage to limit your hard disk space in order to restore data and hit OK.
  • If you want to create a windows 10 system restore point, then you need to select drive D: and then click on create.
  • After this, a dialog box shall appear and ask to type a description regarding your restore point.
  • Just type it and then click on create. It shall take around 30 seconds or more. Click on close.

After this, you can create your restore points whenever you want without going on. Just wait for some more time, creating any mess.

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System Restore Stuck? Here is what to do

Now if you seem to be stuck while doing a system restore for more than 35 minutes, then you shall see a screen that says:

“Please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restored System Restore is initializing”

If you feel that the windows system restore is stuck on the restoring files and is not moving forward, then you need to follow the steps below:

Try a System Restore in Safe Mode 

Now, if you carry too much data there in the installation drive on the system and it has been more than 35-40 minutes of restoration time, then you can wait for like one hour and see the results. If it is still stuck, you can force shutdown your system and let it run again. This solved the issue for many users but still if it is not resolved you need to boot into the safe mode.

If you want to boot it into the safe mode, then you need to hold shift key and restart your computer system. You need to be sure to hold the shift key while the PC is booting. As you are in the safe mode you need to do an SFC scan in order to check the integrity of the file system. For this you need to follow the steps below:

  • Go to the search box and type CMD.
  • After this click right on Command Prompt and run it as administrator.
  • As you are once inside the CMD, you need to type sfc /scannow.
  • Now let the check get completed.

As the check gets completed, try to do the system restore again and it should work fine for you.

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Use the startup Repair Utility

Now, if you are stuck for a very long time then you can always force shut down your system to interrupt the process and then make a startup repair by using the restoration media that has been created earlier by you. This is the fix the corrupted boot manager that is now allowing the process to complete.

For this, you need to follow the steps below:

  • In the first step, you need to go to the windows recovery environment.
  • Then you need to choose an option > troubleshoot > advanced options > startup repair.
  • Then let the repair complete.
  • Once done you need to try with the restoration process again.

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How long did your system restore take?

This page is all you need to know about how long does a system restore take in Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8. It also covers troubleshooting tips for various system restore steps to know if it is taking too long for your PC.

Do let us know in the comments about how many minutes on average, was your system restore process taking.

Shaheer is the founder of SecuredYou. He is a cybersecurity freak and loves anything related to Computers and Technology. Apart from being a tech geek, he loves listening to music and going to the gym.


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