When trying to restore the system using System Restore, the program may fail to work and throw up the following error message – System Restore did not complete successfully. An unspecified error occurred 0x80071a90. If you face this issue, then this post may help you fix the issue.
System Restore did not complete successfully
System Restore failed to replace the file with its original copy from the restore point.
An unspecified error occurred during System Restore (0x80071a90)
System Restore did not complete successfully, Error Code 0x80071a90
Encountering an issue such as the one mentioned above, can interrupt your flow, and ruin your work completely. Nevertheless, you can overcome it by following any one of the given methods to fix System Restore problems.
- Check available Disk Space
- Ensure that System Restore is enabled
- Check the status of Services
- Reset the Repository.
- Disable security software temporarily
- Run System Restore in Clean Boot State
- Repair system image
- Check Event Logs.
See the detailed description below!
1] Check available Disk Space
You can’t just keep adding stuff to a drive and leave it that way. It should be checked for the free space available from time to time. The same principle applies when you have System Restore enabled. Check if you have sufficient Disk space available when you get the ‘System Restore did not complete successfully’ error message. If not, use Disk Cleanup Tool to clear out junk files. hen, proceed with the process.
2] Ensure that System Restore is enabled
It is particularly important to verify that System Restore is enabled on the desired drive. Sometimes, you try the operation on a different drive, and therefore it fails to complete.
3] Check the status of Services
It’s fairly easy to check the status of services in Windows. Simply type
Services.msc in Start Menu Search Box and hit Enter.
Now, make sure that the Volume Shadow Copy & Task Scheduler & Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service is Running and set on Automatic.
Also, if the Status of System Restore Service is Not Started, Start it and set the same to Automatic.
4] Repair system image
A system image represents an exact copy of a drive. It allows you to return your computer to the state that existed at the time when the backup was created. If it gets damaged due to corruption or some unknown reason, you can run the DISM tool to repair a corrupted Windows System Image and remove the error message.
5] Reset the repository
If your Windows device is experiencing trouble reading from the Windows Management Interface (WMI) repository, you may need to reset the repository as a troubleshooting step. For this,
Boot into Safe Mode without networking and open a command prompt as administrator.
In the Command Prompt window, type the following and hit Enter:
net stop winmgmt
The action when confirmed will stop the Windows Management Instrumentation Service
Next, go to C:\Windows\System32\wbem and rename the repository folder to repositoryold.
Again open a command prompt as administrator, type the following, and hit Enter:
net stop winmgmt
thereafter, type the following and press Enter key.
Now, simply restart your PC and check if you can create a System Restore Point manually.
6] Create System Restore Point in Clean Boot State
7] Disable security software temporarily
Sometimes, the security software you run to protect your system and its files interferes with the System Restore process. As such, disable the anti-virus or anti-malware program you have enabled and try the System Restore again.
8] Check Event Logs
Windows logs events, especially ones pertaining to backups on a regular basis. You can use this information to pinpoint the cause and fix it quickly.
eventvwr.msc /s in Search Box & hit Enter to open the Event Viewer.
Here, double-click on Applications & Services Logs to see if you are able to evaluate the event description or the cause of the problem.
Hope it helps!