Launch The System Restore From The Run Command In Vista

If you run into problem with Vista, you can easily restore your system to a previous state. For example, if you install a device driver or other software that does not agree with the rest of your system, you can return your computer to the state it was in before you installed it. This is made possible using the System Restore tool.

If necessary, you can start the System Restore tool from the command prompt. This is useful if you can not start your computer normally or in Safe Mode. To start the utility using this method, restart your computer and press F8 during startup. From the boot options, select Safe Mode with a command prompt. You can then log on to your computer using an account with administrative privileges.

The last step is to launch the System Restore tool. You can do this by typing the following command at the command prompt.


[tags]run command, system restore, vista, rstrui.exe[/tags]

Article Written by

  • dani

    When i try to use restore system in vista , each time it says the restore was unsuccessful. i’ve tried various times and various restore points. My sound has suddenly stopped and have read that restoring the system will solve the problem , so now i have no solution to the problem

  • Jerry

    Thanks Diana, this was a lifesaver

  • Christopher Dearden

    You really saved my Derriere!!!!! 😀

  • rob farmer

    Thank you diana. system restore is at last working, a weight of my mind indeed and a site i will certainly visit again, nice one.

  • rocky

    thanks, Diana!
    it solved my problems!thanks! great advise! :)

  • John McCullough

    Am helping friend who has Vista bundled on new HP computer. I am XP still and want to know how do I do a sys.restore like I often do in my beloved XP.
    can anyone help?

  • Amanda/Sheri

    OMG this was a life saver for a friend that lives in WA State. Her msconfig wouldn’t even work. We followed directions to a T (Safe mode with command prompt) and the restore started!

    Anyone that can’t get a restore to start should try this method!

  • Vladimir


    Just to say thank you for this, i make some mistakes in vista and didnt make to login :)
    just from comand promt i do restore.

    Thank you.

  • Charmaine Cincs

    Can’t setup any program using my dvd. When I click on “run” it says: put disk in…. but it is already in! Tried with variour programs, but the same happens, Please help.

  • S.Chandrasekaran

    Thank u Diana. It worked well.

  • chandan

    thanks dear your info was really usefull

  • eddie

    well i dont know if it workd because im tring it right now. at lest its getting to the restore window.. i think it will work.. we’ll se.. thanks anyway

  • eddie

    i thought i have to wait alot of time for this restore thing.. i think it worked thanks for sharing your good knowle. thank its a life save.

  • Kenny

    Thank you so much!!!!!!! Saved my stuff thanks to you.

  • Legos28

    Hey Thanks a whole lot dude your kick ass man. If I knew where you were I would buy you a beer thanks again

  • desta

    thanks dear thats survive my vista, thank you so much!!!

  • Jason

    my laptop wil now restore to previous or reinstall windows vista. the vista.vim file is missing, any suggestions?

  • computer laptop mac repair in mississauga etobicoke toronto brampton milton oakville port credit


  • mashwani


  • computer repair mississauga

    I was looking for it. Thanks.

  • Antonio

    System restore is an important feature in supporting a system from a disaster! Good Stuff here!

  • Lee

    Great post, used this to help sister get to System Restore after an Anti-Virus installation failure on her laptop. Basically corrupted windows so explorer never loaded.

    Used ctrl+alt+del to bring up task manager the selected File>New Task(Run…) and typed the command into the resulting box.

    Great. Thanks again.

  • computer service mississauga

    great, finally I found it. thanks

  • Computer, Laptop, Netbook, Mac repair service at your place

    System restore is good but be carefull if the power fails then it will be a big mess.

  • H_H

    Thanks alot Diana it was perfect..!

  • Joseph S. kamara

    A very educative environment to be. Thanx Diana for ur detailed explanation.

  • ka soon

    now trying,hope can help me solve the problem…

  • AboveAverageComputers

    One thing to bear in mind is that when you do a System Restore in Safe Mode (or Safe Mode with Command Prompt), a new Restore Point is NOT created beforehand. Thus there’s no way to “undo” it if it fails. So in general you should try a restore in Normal Mode before trying one in Safe Mode.