Fix- System Restore fails to extract the file /original copy in Windows 10 / 11

If the System Restore on your computer doesn’t function properly, you will see “System Restore failed to extract the original copy of the directory from the restore point” error message. This error usually occurs when you try to restore your system from a corrupted restore point. Using an alternative restore point will solve the issue on your computer. Follow these easy fixes to restore your system correctly-


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Fix-1 Run System restore from Safe mode-

1. Press Windows Icon+I to open the Settings window.

2. Now, click on “Update and Security“.

 

Update And Security

 

3. Now, on the left pane, click on “Recovery“.

4. Then, under “Advanced Startup” section, click on “Restart Now“.

 

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5. In Choose an option window, click on “Troubleshoot“.

 

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6. In the Troubleshoot window, click on “Advanced options“.

 

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4. In the Advanced options window, click on the “Startup Settings“.

 

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5. In the Startup Settings window, click on “Restart” in the bottom right corner to restart your computer to safe mode.

 

Startup Settings

 

6. Now, as your device is starting up, choose option no.4 i.e. “Enable Safe Mode” to boot your computer in Safe Mode.

 

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Once your computer boots up, it will be in Safe Mode. 

Now, you can safely restore your computer to the latest restore point.

Follow these steps-

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window.

2. In the Run window, type or copy-paste the following Run command and hit Enter.

sysdm.cpl

 

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The System Properties window will open.

3. In System Properties window, go to the “System Protection” tab.

4. Now, click on “System Restore“.

 

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5. In System Restore window, click on “Next“.

 

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6. Now, check the option “Show more restore points“.

 

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7. Now, choose the latest restore point from the list of restore points.

8. Then, click on “Next“.

 

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9. Finally, click on “Finish” to initiate the restoring process.

 

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Your problem is surely solved.

Fix-2 Turn ‘On’ System Protection-

Before you start to restore your system, you need to check if System Protection is enabled or not.

1. Click on the Search box beside Windows icon and type “System Restore“.

2. Now, click on “Recovery” in the elevated search results.

 

System Restore Search

 

3. In the Control Panel window, click on “Configure System Restore“.

 

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4. Now, in System Properties window, click on “Configure“.

 

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5. Now, select the radio button beside “Turn on system protection“.

6. Finally, click on “Apply” and then click on “OK” to save this change.

 

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Close System Properties window.

Try to run System Restore again on your computer. This time it will work flawlessly.

 

Fix-2 Adjust Group Policy settings-

Check if System Restore is disabled on your computer.

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window on your computer.

2.  In the Run window, type “gpedit.msc” and then hit Enter.

 

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Local Group Policy Editor will be opened.

3. In the Local Group Policy Editor window, on the left-hand side, expand following headers-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore 

 

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4. On the right-hand side, double click on the “Turn off system restore“.

 

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6. In Turn off System Restore window, select “Disabled“.

7. Now, click on “Apply” and then click on “OK” to save the change on your computer.

 

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Close Local Group Policy Editor window.

 

Fix-3 Use an alternative restore point-

The restore point you are using to restore your computer may be defective. Using an alternative restore point may help-

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window.

2. In the Run window, type or copy-paste the following Run command and hit Enter.

sysdm.cpl

 


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The System Properties window will open.

3. In System Properties window, go to the “System Protection” tab.

4. Now, click on “System Restore“.

 

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5. In System Restore window, click on “Next“.

 

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6. Now, check the option “Show more restore points“.

 

Show More

 

7. Now, choose the latest restore point from the list of restore points.

8. Then, click on “Next“.

 

Select Rp Next

 

9. Finally, click on “Finish” to initiate the restoring process.

 

Finish

 

This time System Restore will occur without any kind of error.

 

Fix-4 Run System Restore from Windows RE-

Running System Restore from Windows RE may solve this problem.

1. Press Windows Icon+I to open the Settings window.

2. Now, click on “Update and Security“.

 

Update And Security

 

3. Now, on the left pane, click on “Recovery“.

4. Then, under “Advanced Startup” section, click on “Restart Now“.

 

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5. In Choose an option window, click on “Troubleshoot“.

 

Troubleshoot

 

6. In the Troubleshooting window, click on “Advanced options“.

 

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7. In the Advanced options window, click on “System Restore” to start the system restore process on your computer.

 

System Restore

 

The system restores the process will put your computer back to the state when it was working fine.

8. In System Restore window, click on “Next“.

 

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9. Now, choose the latest restore point from the list and then click on “Next“.

 

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10. Click on “Finish” to finish the process.

This will initialize the restoration process of your system to the system restore point you have selected.

 

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Wait patiently as this process will take some time.

Your system will be restored to the restore point you have selected.

 

Fix-6 Create a new Restore Point-

Creating a new restore point may solve the problem.

1. In the Search box beside Windows icon, type “System Restore“.

2. Now, click on “Recovery” in the elevated search results.

 

System Restore Search

 

3. In the Control Panel window, click on “Configure System Restore“.

 

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4. Now, in System Properties window, click on “Create“.

 

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5. In create a restore point window, you need to type “New restore point“.

6. Then, click on “Create“.

 

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7. It will take a few seconds to create a restore point.

8. When the “The restore point was created successfully.” message appears, click on “Close“.

 

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9. Coming back to the System Properties window, click on “System Restore“.

 

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10. In System Restore window, click on “Next“.

 

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11. Now, choose the restore point you have just created, from the list of restore points.

8. Then, click on “Next“.

 

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9. Finally, click on “Finish” to initiate the restoring process.

 

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Windows will now restore your system to the restore point you have selected. This process will take a while.

 

Fix-7 Run SFC scan-

The System File Checker will check the system files and fix if there is any problem.

1. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, type “cmd” in the Search box beside the Windows icon.

2. Then right-click on “Command Prompt” in the elevated search result and then click on “Run as administrator“.

 

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3. In Command Prompt window, copy-paste this command and hit Enter to execute it on your computer.

sfc /scannow

 

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Wait for a while.

Reboot your computer and try to restore your system.

 

Fix-8 Disable Antivirus and try to use system restore-

Sometimes antivirus may cause this problem. Disable it and then try to restore your system.

1. Press Windows key+X and then click on “Task Manager“.

 

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2. In the Task Manager window, scroll down through the list of running services and applications, find out the ‘Antivirus‘ process.

3. Right-click on the antivirus process and click on “End Process“.

 

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Close Task Manager window.

Now, restore your system using System Restore. Your problem should be fixed by now.

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