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Fix 'Restoring Your Previous Version of Windows' Stuck/Loop in Windows 10

Updated on Sep 17, 2018 by Jean to Backup Utility

Summary:
How long does it take to restore your previous version of Windows in Windows 10? When you ask this question, you likely have been stuck at 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' loop. But don’t worry! This page shows you how to fix this issues in Windows 10 in several possible ways.

About Windows 10  'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck or loop issue 

"Windows 10 Anniversary Update fails to install when I tried to do the upgrade. Now it tries to restore the old version but gets stuck - displaying a black screen with the message 'restoring your previous version of Windows' and after a couple of minutes restarts with the same message again... How do I fix this 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck or loop issue and go back to my previous Windows version?"

Windows 10 Restoring your previous version of windows stuck

A large number of users are reporting 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck or loop error after a failed Windows 10 upgrade or other accidents. When encountering such an issue, you will be caught in a Windows 10 restore loop. That's why so many users ask how long does it usually take for restoring your previous version of windows.

Actually, in this case, I don't think you are lucky enough to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8.1/8/7 or an earlier system restore point in a few hours or even days. So you have to find another way to fix Windows 10 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck or loop issue. 

How to fix Windows 10 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck or loop issue

Note: If you are trying to update your computer to the latest Windows 10 but get stuck on 'Restoring your previous version of Windows', please be patient.

Below, you'll find some possible methods to fix the 'Windows 10 stuck at 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' error. Try the provided methods to repair your Windows 10 back to previous versions and get your computer running normally again.

Fix 1. Be patient and wait for the restoring process to complete (Recommended)

During the process of finding a solution to 'Windows 10 stuck at restoring your previous version of Windows' error, many users found that the problem fixed itself. Most of them waited for 3 or 4 hours and the computer restarted itself. 

The problem often gets fixed on its own. Therefore, we recommend that you to be very patient and leave your laptop/PC running for an entire night. You just may find that a miracle has happened to your computer the next morning.

If it doesn't work on your PC, continue to the tips provided below.

Additional Tip: Backup and protect important data from 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' error

Notice
If Fix 1 doesn't work to fix Windows 10 stuck at 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' loop after you've been waiting for quite a long time. You can try Fix 2, 3 and 4,  but don't forget to first back up and protect your personal data from this error on your PC firstly.

The next Fix 2, 3 and 4 can surely result in some data loss issues when you apply them to repair your PC.

So the best choice to fix Windows 10 stuck at 'restoring your previous version of Windows' loop without data loss is to backup and extract your personal data out of your PC and save to a secure external device in advance.

EaseUS Windows backup software - Todo Backup can help you create a full backup of your computer data even when it is stuck on the 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' error with a few simple clicks. Let's see how to fully back up your computer data partitions out of the stuck PC with ease now:

Step 1. Install EaseUS Todo Backup on a different healthy computer which runs the same OS as yours.

Step 2. Create a bootable disk with EaseUS Todo Backup:

  1. 1. Prepare a USB drive or CD/DVD-Recorder, and a CD/DVD-R/W which can be written.
  2. 2. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, click Tools > Create Emergency Disk.
  3. 3. Select "Create WinPE emergency disk".
  4. 4. Click Proceed to create a bootable disk.

Select WinPE disk

Step 3. Connect the bootable disk and an external hard drive to your PC, reset your stuck computer to boot from the bootable disk and enter the main interface of EaseUS Todo Backup.

Transfer and restore Windows 10 system image to stuck Windows PC.

Step 4. Click on Disk/Partition Backup or File Backup to select the partitions (which save all your data) or specific files that you want to back up from your stuck computer.

Backup data out of stuck computer with 'restoring your previous version of Windows' error.

Step 5. Select the destination - the external hard drive to save a backup of your computer partitions' data and files. 

Click Proceed to start backing up your stuck computer data to the external hard drive.

Transfer Windows 10 system image to stuck pc with 'restoring your previous version of Windows' error.

Wait for the process to complete. After fully backing up your computer data, you can follow Fix 2, 3 or 4 to continue fixing 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck loop on your PC again now.

Fix 2. Reset your Windows 10 PC in WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment)

Notice: The only problem of resetting your PC is that you may lose important files and saved data on your PC for fixing Windows 10 stuck at 'restoring your previous version of Windows' issue. You may need to backup data without booting Windows in advance before trying this method.

Here are the detailed tips for resetting your PC and fixing this issue:

  1. 1. Download Windows 10 media creation tool and create a Windows 10 installation media.
  2. 2. Boot or start your computer from the Windows 10 installation media.
  3. 3. In the Install Windows page, tap 'Repair your computer' to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.
  4. 4. Click on Reset this PC to fix Windows 10 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck issue.

Repair Windows 10 stuck at 'restoring your previous of Windows' error.

Fix 3. Perform a System Restore or Startup Repair

1. Download Windows 10 media creation tool and create a Windows 10 installation media.
2. Boot or start your computer from the Windows 10 installation media.
2. In the Install Windows page, tap 'Repair your computer' to start the Windows Recovery Environment.
3. In the Windows Recovery Environment, on the Choose an option screen, click 'Troubleshoot'.
4. Click 'Advanced Options' and then click on 'System Restore' or 'Startup Repair'.

Fix 'restoring your previous of Windows' error on WIndows 10.

Then follow the on-screen instructions to fix Windows 10 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' stuck or loop and restore the computer to an earlier state successfully.

Fix 4. Clean install Windows 10 with ISO image (Most Effective Method)

If none of the above methods are helpful, you can try to reinstall Windows 10 with an ISO image file. A clean install of Windows 10 will help you resolve almost all Windows system update errors or problems. 

  1. 1. Just download Windows 10 media creation tool.
  2. Try it to download a Windows 10 ISO image file and burned it to a bootable DVD or USB flash drive.
  3. 2. Then clean install Windows 10 on your PC.
  4. It has helped most users to fix Windows 10 stuck at 'Restoring your previous version of Windows' loop.