System Restore stuck or hung up in Windows 10

If System Restore stuck or hung up on Initializing restoring the Registry in Windows 10, then here’s what you need to do to get out of the mess. The first advice in case of System Restore taking a long time is to give it a bit more time – . While it usually doesn’t not take more than 5 minutes, if it is stuck, I would recommend that you stretch and allow it even 1 hour. You should not interrupt System Restore, because if you abruptly shut it down, it may result in an unbootable system.

System Restore stuck or hung up

If your System Restore is stuck, here is how to stop System Restore, and yet keep the system safe. There are three ways you have to move forward:

  1. Press the Power button for 10 seconds
  2. Force Automatic Repair Mode
  3. System Restore in Safe Mode

1] Press the Power button for 10 seconds

What happens if you interrupt System Restore or Reset Windows 10?

When you have waited enough, its time to perform a hard shutdown. Press the power button for a little more than 10 seconds. Once the computer shuts down, restart again and follow the steps.

There are two scenarios here:

Scenario 1: The computer did not come with the Windows Installation disc; it means there is a preloaded recovery available. Follow the steps mentioned below and perform a System Restore from the Windows Recovery Environment.

  • After performing a hard reset, press the key F 12 to boot into Boot Priority menu.
  • In the Boot Priority menu, select the System Recovery wizard
  • From System Recovery wizard, perform System Restore

Scenario 2: There was a recovery disc, but you lost it. In this case, you need to burn a Windows 10 recovery disc using some other computer.

Boot the computer with bootable disk or USB drive, and then boot into Advanced Recovery Mode. Here you can choose to recover system files using System Restore, or you can choose to reset Windows 10 completely.

2] Force Automatic Repair Mode

Diagnosing your PC or Preparing Automatic Repair

If you have waited long enough, and you need to stop, then you can force reboot the system. If you use the power button, you might have to keep it pressed for at least 4 seconds to force the power off. When you turn on, it will kickstart the Automatic Startup Repair for situations like these. The OS detects that there is something wrong with the files. It will trigger the Automatic Startup Repair.

3] System Restore in Safe Mode

System Restore stuck or hung up

System Restore can also be triggered from Safe Mode. Follow the steps to boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode.

  • Go to Choose an option > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Press F6 to select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt to run System Restore.
  • Run rstrui.exe to open it, if required.

Since Safe mode starts with minimal settings, it is safer to perform the restore of the computer here.

We hope you found the steps easy to follow, and you were successful in getting out of the mess.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.