SOLVED! System Restore Error 0x80070003

Among the most common errors Windows users encounter during a Windows upgrade/downgrade or software installation is the System Restore Error 0x80070003. This error causes your computer to freeze, and in the worst case, be stuck in endless loading. It’s time to put an end to this headache by discovering what causes this problem and for each trigger. Read to the end and say goodbye to your headache.

System Restore Error 0x80070003: Causes

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There are a few common reasons why you have this error. Among them are corrupted Windows registries, malware/malicious software, and improper system shutdown due to power failure or other hardware issues.

Corrupted Windows Registries

Interrupted Windows updates may lead to corrupted windows registries, which will eventually affect the performance of your device. This can happen when there’s power interruption while the update is going on or when your antivirus reacts excessively.


You know how threatening malware and viruses can be. They can render system files corrupted, hence, triggering malfunction in your operating system.

How To Deal With System Restore Error 0x80070003 

If you have pending Windows updates or if you are in the process of restoring your system to a previous point of time to solve problems, this could be the trigger. Yet, if it randomly happens – and you can’t even recreate it – then, it could be malicious software installed or a malware/virus was detected somewhere. Nonetheless, one of the following solutions should help you get rid of the error – forever.

Check Hardware And RAM Status

When this problem is being triggered by corrupted system files, the very first thing to do is to check the status and health of your hardware.


Take A Look At Memory:

  • Step 1. Close all the programs and files you opened.
  • Step 2. Hit Start and choose Control Panel.
  • Step 3. Once you are in the Control Panel, go to System and Security>Administrative Tools.
  • Step 4. Look for the Windows Memory Diagnostic and open it.

You can check if the problem persists. Or, if you are uncertain, better check the status of the hard disk as well.

Check Out Hardware:

  • Step 1: Again, close all apps and programs before performing the check.
  • Step 2: Click Start menu and scroll down until you find Windows System.
  • Step 3: Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator. (If you can’t see this option right away after you right-click the command prompt, go to More and you will find the Run as Administrator option.) Just click the Yes button when prompted to launch the Command Prompt.
  • Step 4: Type the command CHKDSK. Or you can add the volume name (chkdsk C:), for example, to run checks on that particular hard drive only.
  • Step 5. Hit Enter, and now it’ll have a thorough check of your hard drive, which might take a few minutes. If there’s no problem with your drive, it’ll return that information and so much more.

Turn Off The Antivirus Program 

Although antivirus is essential, it might be very strict sometimes. To ensure a smooth installation of your Windows update and other software, you can temporarily disable your antivirus. To disable the antivirus, you need to go to its settings. Check the active antivirus you have in your system and get familiarized with it. Once you have successfully installed/updated your software, you may activate it.

Perform A System File Check

Perhaps it’s a particular system file that’s being corrupted? Launch the system file checker tool to solve this problem.

  • Step 1: Go to Start menu>Windows System.
  • Step 2: Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator. (If you can’t see this option right away, after you right-click the command prompt, go to More and you will find the Run as Administrator option.) Just click the Yes button when prompted to launch the Command Prompt.
  • Step 3: Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

  • Step 4: Wait until the diagnosis is complete.
  • Step 5: Restart your system, run the system restore again and see if your problem has completely gone away.

Check The Date And Time Settings

Rarely, having the wrong setting for the date and time messes up the system restore process. If you have incorrect date/time settings, follow the procedure:

  • Step 1: Right-click on the date and time info in the taskbar and click Adjust Date/Time.
  • Step 2: It’ll launch the Settings page and from there you can set the date and time.

Frequently Asked Questions

1/ What caused the System Restore Error 0x80070003?

Primarily corrupted system files due to interrupted installation/update. In addition, malware and viruses may also trigger this error due to malfunction of some system files.

2/ I didn’t do a system restore, but I encountered this error. What could be the reason?

This could be triggered by other malfunctions, virus and malware. In the event that your computer experiences physical stress while it’s turned on, there’s a great possibility that it affects the system file it runs.

3/ Is there an alternative to system restore?

Yes, there is. You can use the Volume Shadow Copy to recover deleted files. You may enable it, as recommended. However, with regards to whether to set it Manual or Automatic, it actually depends on your mode of making backups.

If you need backup in your local system, go with Automatic, which will take up more space. This also solves some errors related to backup, etc. Yet, it’s not needed to run all the time; only required when a particular app needs it. To check, follow the procedure below:

  • Step 1: Right-click the Start menu and click Run.
  • Step 2: Type services.msc and hit Enter.

  • Step 3: In the pop-up window look for Volume Shadow Copy.
  • Step 4: Double-click on it and the popup window will appear.
  • Step 5a: If you want local backup of your files, then get this to be running automatically. Service Status should be Running. If it’s Stopped, simply hit the Start button. Then, set the Startup Type to Automatic.
  • Step 5b: Otherwise, keep the default and make sure that the Service Status is Stopped, and the Startup Type dropdown is set to Manual.
  • Step 6. Click Apply and then, OK button.

Tips & Tricks

  • Turning off antivirus might not be a good idea, but it sure is very helpful to have a successful installation of Windows update (for example). For other software, ensure getting it from a reliable source.
  • It’s wise to back up your operating system in case things go wrong. Create a system image to provide safe copy for your operating system. This is a wise alternative to the system restore.

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