FIX System Restore Failed 0x81000204 Error (Solved)

Last updated on July 24th, 2017

System Restore failed with error 0x81000204 on Windows 10, while scanning the file system on drive C:\. The error 0x81000204 remains even after running the "chkdsk /R" command on the main drive, as the error message suggests. 

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s system files and settings were not changed.
Details: System Restore failed while scanning the file system on drive C:\.
The drive might be corrupt. You might want to retry system restore after running chkdsk /R on this disk.
An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x81000204)”


System Restore Failed 0x81000204


This article contains instructions to troubleshoot the Windows 10 System Restore 0x81000204 error.

How to fix error 0x81000204 in System Restore.

System Restore problems, are commonly caused due to malware infections, damaged file system (or hard disk) or after installing a Windows update. So, before proceeding to the methods below to resolve the System Restore problem (Error: 0x81000204), try the following :

1. Scan your system for malware.
2. Run CHKDSK command to fix file system's corruptions:

  • Right click on Start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type the following command and press Enter:
    • chkdsk /F /R




3. When the checking is completed, proceed and ensure that your hard disk is healthy, by following the instructions in this article: How to Test and Diagnose Hard Drive (HDD) for hardware problems.


Method 1: FIX Windows corruption errors with DISM tool (System Update Readiness Tool).

1. Right click at Windows start button image and select Command Prompt (Admin).

2. At the command prompt window, type the following command & press Enter:

  • Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth

dism tool2

Be patient until DISM repairs component store. (When the operation is completed, you should be informed that the component store corruption was repaired).

3. When DISM restore operation is completed, restart your computer.
4. After the restart, open Command Prompt as Admin again and give this command:




5. When SFC scan is completed, restart your computer.
6. Run System Restore.


Method 2. Perform a Repair Upgrade.

The other method to fix System Restore errors is to perform a repair upgrade of Windows 10.

1. Download and run the media creation tool according your OS Version.

2. Accept the License Terms.
3. Choose the option Upgrade this PC now and press Next.



4. Follow the on screen prompts to upgrade Windows to the latest version.
5. After Upgrade run System Restore. *

* Note: If after an upgrade you realize that the system restore is turned off (see screenshot below), this is probably because Windows has upgraded to its latest build. A new build is like a new OS, so previous restore points cannot be used on new OS. In this case you can go back to the previous build or enable the system restore in the current state.

system restore disabled


A. How to go back to the previous build. *

* Suggestion: If you have problems with the System Restore, I don't suggest to go back to the previous build because the problem remains.

1. From Start menu, choose Settings > Update and security.
2. At Recovery options select the Get Started button under the Go back to an earlier build section.


go back to an earlier build windows 10


B. How to enable System Restore.

– To enable System Restore on your system:

1. Press the Windows image+ R keys to load the Run dialog box.
2. Type the following command to open the System Restore utility and press Enter.

  • rstrui

rstrui - open system restore


3. Click on system protection.

system protection


4. Select the Local Disk C: and then click Configure.

configure system restore


5. Set the system protection to ON and click OK.

enable system restore


6. Finally, choose Create to create a restore point.

create restore point


Good luck! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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