How to Perform System Restore from Command Prompt Windows 11

You can launch system restore from Command Prompt Windows 11 in Safe Mode and WinRE. Follow the methods to invoke CMD and use the rstrui.exe command to start the process. Also, find an error-free and secure way to backup and restore your computer for complete protection.

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Updated on Mar 15, 2024

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Humans can't go back in time (as of now) and do things differently, but computers can. But how exactly do they achieve it? Using System Restore points. These restore points help the users restore a previous form of the operating system if any error or issue occurs. But how can you fix the System if the problem worsens and you cannot even access the monitor? In this post from EaseUS, we will see how to perform a system restore from command prompt Windows 11. Let's begin!

Can I Perform Windows 11 Restore from Command Prompt

"Hi, I have been experiencing performance issues and random crashes on my Windows after the recent update. I have created a restore point and wondering how to revert the updates changes before using it. Can someone guide me on how to do this? Thanks in advance! #WindowsUpdate"

If you have system restore points on your computer, you can revert the changes to a certain point. While multiple ways exist to invoke the system restore, the easiest way is to use the "rstrui.exe" command.

system restore from command prompt

If you can access the monitor, you can directly open CMD as administrator and start it, but what if the update or change makes it hard to start your computer? This is where CMD works wonders. You can use it from Safe Mode and WinRE and safely gain control of the System. 

Now, let us see the detailed methods of how to system restore from the command prompt Windows 11 with Safe Mode and WinRE.

How to System Restore with Command Prompt in Safe Mode

The first way is to use the Safe Mode. Consider Safe Mode, as the computer has the default factory settings. Generally, this is used to check if any system files or drivers are responsible for the issues on your computer. Using Safe Mode, we can restore your computer Settings and OS earlier. Keep in mind that you cannot undo the restore operation if you do it in safe mode.

Quick Steps:

  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Type rstrui.exe in the Command Prompt window, and press Enter.
  • Follow on-screen instructions to complete the system restore.

Step 1. Restart your PC. While restarting, press and hold the Shift key.

Step 2. Once the PC restarts, navigate to  Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.

Step 3. From the Startup Settings, you must use option 6 (Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt). Use the number key six or F6 to select it.

open Command Prompt in Safe Mode from Startup settings

Step 4. If the OS prompts you to sign in, use the administrator account credentials to log in. 

Step 5. If your Command Prompt is showing, type the following command line and press Enter.


type rstrui.exe command and press Enter

Note: By default, the OS stores the rstrui.exe file in C:\Windows\System32 folder. If you have multiple files similar to the name, use the rstrui.exe only.

Step 6. You will encounter the System Restore utility wizard after executing the command. Use one recommended restore point, or choose a restore point and press Next.

click Next on System Restore Wizard to continue

Then, follow up the steps as shown on the wizard to complete the system restore process.

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How to System Restore Windows 11 from CMD in WinRE

In this method, we will use Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to perform System restore. This Windows recovery tool helps you counter the issues when the OS behaves unexpectedly.  Let us see the steps to restore Windows 10/11 from WinRE.

Step 1. Get the Media Creation Tool from the official website for Windows and create an installation media/disc if you don't have one. If you cannot create the disk with CD/DVD, make a recovery drive using the built-in tools.

Step 2. Install the disc into the PC, start the PC, and use the BIOS keys such as F2, ESC, etc (specific for various manufacturers) to invoke the BIOS settings. 

Step 3. Open the Boot menu, and set the boot priority to use the CD/DVD or the disk to initiate the WIndows. Change the boot order using the "+" button and get it to priority. Now, you can press Enter or F10 to exit the BIOS.

change the Boot order

Step 4. Click Next to Repair your computer> Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

open Command Prompt from Advanced Options

Step 5. Enter "rstrui.exe" and press Enter to launch the System Restore Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to refer back to the changes on your computer to the previous state.

The System Restore with CMD is quite tricky. Sometimes, you may get stuck or get an error message saying the System Restore is not completed successfully, and Windows cannot find the System Image to restore, etc. Even more, the OS prompts a pop-up saying there is no system restore point. So, you need to run a background check before using this method.

Try Windows Backup and Restore Software Rather Than CMD 

If your OS fails to System restore using the CMD with Safe Mode or WinRE, you can help yourself with professional backup and restore software to do the work securely and seamlessly.

EaseUS Todo Backup, a complete and free backup & recovery software, helps you restore your Windows with just a few steps. The software recovery environment safely restores your system image without any hassle. As a complete backup and restore solution, it can easily clone, upgrade, and transfer your Windows operating system.

With the security zone, you can protect your data from potential threats and back up files to a cloud drive for remote storage. Additionally, it works with backing up disk or partition backups.

Some Highlights of EaseUS Backup Software:

Download the EaseUS Todo Backup now, and restore your system image in the EaseUS recovery environment.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer, and click Create Backup on the home screen and then hit the big question mark to select backup contents.

backup outlook mail step1

Step 2. To back up your Windows operating system, click "OS" to begin the backup task.

backup outlook mail step2

Step 3. Your Windows operating system information and all system related files and partitions will be automatically selected so you don't need to do any manual selection at this step. Next, you'll need to choose a location to save the system image backup by clicking the illustrated area.

system backup

Step 4. The backup location can be another local drive on your computer, an external hard drive, network, cloud or NAS. Generally, we recommend you use an external physical drive or cloud to preserve the system backup files. 

backup outlook mail step4

Step 5. Customiztion settings like enabling an automatic backup schedule in daily, weekly, monthly, or upon an event, and making a differential and incremental backup are available in the Options button if you're interested. Click "Backup Now", and the Windows system backup process will begin. The completed backup task will display on the left side in a card style.

backup outlook mail step 5

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To Sum Up

We update or download software on our PCs, hoping for better performance or experience. But, when they give out undesired outcomes, you should revert to a stable state. The System Restore helps you achieve it with ease. If you have a restore point, you can perform a system restore from command prompt Windows 11 in Safe Mode and WinRE.

The System restore with CMD may not perform up to the mark or err out of nowhere. Moreover, you cannot restore personal files. It's best to create a system image with EaseUS Todo Bacup and safely restore it in the recovery environment to get to a previous state on your PC.

FAQs on System Restore from Command Prompt

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on how to perform a system restore from the command prompt Windows 11.

1. How to restore Windows 11 using Command Prompt?

Launch Command Prompt (CMD) with administrator privileges, and enter the rstrui.exe command. This action invokes the System Restore wizard with the necessary instructions to complete the restoration process.

2. How do I run System Restore on Windows 11?

  • To run the System restore, open Control Panel Recovery > Open System Restore > Next, and create one.
  • Now, you can use CMD to perform the System restore whenever you face issues or want to go to a previous state.

3. How to enable System restore from the Command Prompt?

  • Start Command Prompt (CMD) as administrator.
  • Type rstrui.exe and press Enter to open the System Restore Wizard.
  • Follow the instructions to complete the process.

4. How to restore Windows 11 to the previous date using Command Prompt?

  • Press Windows + R, type CMD, and Enter. Press Ctrl + Shift+ Enter to give administrator privileges.
  • Type rstrui.exe and press Enter.
  • From the System Restore Wizard, follow the instructions to perform System Restore on Windows 11.

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