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Fix System Restore Error 0x81000203 after Windows 8.1 update

troubleshoot system restore error 0x81000203

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After the recent windows update, there are increased instances of getting error 0x81000203 while doing a system restore.

Here is the error

There was an unexpected error in the properties page:
System Restore encountered an error. Please try to run System Restore again. (0x81000203)
Please close the property page and try again

The problem seems to be a conflict with third party system maintenance software mainly security softwares, system tune up softwares or registry cleaning utilities.

Try these steps in this order.

  • Press Windows Key + R for Run window, type services.msc for opening services window
    Scroll down to the entry Volume Shadow Copy and double click to open it.
    Under the Startup type, make it as Automatic
    Under Service status, make sure the service is started.
    Restart computer and check if problem is fixed.
  • Uninstall if you have any tune up service installed.
    Restart computer and check if the issue is fixed. You may re-install the software once the problem is fixed.
  • Uninstall your security software. Restart and check if the problem is fixed.
    You may re-install the software and check if the issue comes back.

Re-install the software once the problem is fixed.

Note: The problem on my client’s computer was fixed by removing Tune up Turbo Mode by AVG. So highly recommended to check if the issues gets fixed after uninstalling or removing any tune up utilities. There are also instances of this problem getting fixed by removing any security software. The shadow copy method (first method listed above) only worked in some cases, but recommended as first step cos if the issue gets solved by doing it, that will save you time and effort for uninstalling or disabling software.

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System Restore is a Windows feature which allow the Operating system to remember instances of PC settings whenever a major change such as installing software or hardware, installing or uninstalling updates happens. If something goes wrong and your PC crash, system restore can be used to take your computer back to a previous instance where the computer was working fine. By default, system restore is always turned on your PC.  Even though not recommended, some users prefer to keep system restore turned off as it takes additional hard disk space.

System restore can be accessed by

  • Right click on My Computer -> Properties -> click System Protection on Left side -> click on System Protection Tab -> click System Restore.

You can also open System restore directly from Run command

  • Press Windows Key + R for Run window, type the command rstrui.exe. This will open system restore window.

Hope this will help you fix the problem.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • esmael November 5, 2016, 9:57 am

    hi, thanks a lot…..correct
    problem solved by uninstalling the avg tuneup.

  • buster brown April 21, 2016, 2:55 pm

    after 3 hours I found you and fixed the problem -big thanks !!

  • Jim December 21, 2015, 9:13 pm

    As Michel stated, AVG tune up> resetting to standard instead of turbo, fixed this immediately! Thank you !!!

  • michel July 11, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Turbo in AVG PC tuneup was the problem. Problem fixed by selecting Standard for system optimization mode in AVG PC Tuneup

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