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Rstrui.exe Not Working - What To Do Next?

Here you will find out:

  • about the rstrui.exe not working error
  • how to fix it
  • when DiskInternals can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

What is rstrui.exe on Windows?

The file "rstrui.exe" is a part of Microsoft Windows; it is a command-line utility for running System Restore. That is, rstrui.exe does not pose a threat to the computer, but on the contrary, allows users to return the state of their computer to a previous point in time. System Restore allows you to roll back to a specific restore point, as well as manually create a new restore point.

About the “rstrui.exe not working” error

As always, error on your computer can occur at the most inopportune moments. The message “rstrui.exe not working” is no exception.

You may receive the following notifications:

  • rstrui.exe is not recognized as an internal command, operable program or batch file.


  • \Windows\System32\rstrui.exe

Reasons for the “rstrui.exe not working” error

The most common reason for this error is related to a corrupt or missing “rstrui.exe” system file.

Alternatively, your file system may have been defeated and is inoperative. System crashes, virus attacks, malware, electrical problems, etc. also can cause this.

The reasons, as you can see, are not entirely simple and require urgent and concrete corrective measures.

Method 1. Use antivirus software

Since viruses do not even spare system files, checking the disk for viruses, worms and malware is a top priority task.

You can run a Windows Defender scan on Windows 10, or you can use a third-party antivirus application if one is already installed. After scanning, it is best to restart your computer and then check if the “rstrui.exe application error” is gone.

Method 2. Use last known good configuration to fix rstrui.exe issues

This method is often a lifesaver and immediately relieves users of any problems that arise.

Click on the Power button and start booting up your computer. At the same time, press the F8 key repeatedly until the Windows logo appears. Then you will see a menu where you need to select the “Advanced Boot Options” section. Now click on “Last Known Good Configuration” and confirm with the Enter key. Once the system boots, try opening the System Restore utility again.

Method 3. Use Safe Mode

Safe Mode will help you enter the System Restore utility without errors.

Also, start booting your computer and press F8 to open the Boot Options menu. Here, select Safe Mode using the command line.

Next enter or paste the command:

Then click on Enter.

Method 4. CHKDSK

CHKDSK is dangerous for recoverable data, and if there is a need to recover some files, use DiskInternals Partition Recovery. This will make it possible to back up all or some of the significant data. Otherwise, the CHKDSK utility will damage everything in its path.

Open Command Prompt as an admin from the Start menu.

In Command Prompt, enter the following information:

chkdsk a: / r

*a is the drive letter.

Now press Enter and wait for the scan and error correction results.

Method 4. Use a clean installation

Again, all recoverable data from the disk where Windows will be reinstalled will be deleted.

Therefore, use DiskInternals Partition Recovery first. The application recovers all possible files, as the scan takes place on each disk partition separately. The disk imaging function is also useful in this situation: it is free, and you will receive a disk image that you can activate at any time and get a system with all your configurations and data on another device. A reliable and understandable Recovery Wizard will guide you through all the details and stages of recovery. This application is devoid of flaws and has established itself over the past 15 years as the best professional data recovery application.

After backing up your data or creating a disk image using Partition Recovery, you can start with a clean installation of Windows 10. And now you should not be afraid of losing all your accumulated data; it is already safe.

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