How to Fix System Restore Failure 0x81000204 Windows 11

When you try to do a system restore or create a system restore point in Windows 10, you might get the System Restore error 0x81000204. This error code can happen if your Restore settings are wrong, if non-Microsoft apps and programs interfere, and so on.

This article will show you number of ways to fix the Windows 11 System Restore error 0x81000204 that will work for you.


Search Powershell on your Windows search bar.

Select Run as Administrator.

Type chkdsk /r /f  and hit Enter.

It will prompt you to schedule a scan the next time you reboot.

Type and hit Enter.

Run SFC Scan

Type cmd in your Windows search bar and select Run as Administrator.

Type sfc/scannow and press Enter.

Restart your PC.

Run the DISM tool

Type Terminal on your Windows search bar and select Run as Administrator.

Copy and paste the following three commands one at a time and hit Enter after each:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart your PC and check if the error is resolved. Proceed to next step if not.

Reset System Restore Settings

Type CMD in your Windows search bar and select Run as administrator.

Copy and Paste the following commands one by one and press Enter after each one:

reg delete “HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\SystemRestore” /v “DisableSR” /f

reg delete “HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\SystemRestore” /v “DisableConfig” /f

reg delete “HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\SystemRestore” /v “DisableSR” /f

schtasks /Change /TN “Microsoft\\Windows\\SystemRestore\\SR” /Enable

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=25GB

sc config wbengine start= demand

sc config swprv start= demand

sc config vds start= demand

sc config VSS start= demand

Exit Command Prompt and restart your PC. Check if the error code is gone.

Run System Restore in Safe Mode

Press Win + I to open Settings.

Go to Windows Update and select Advanced options.

Under Additional options, select Recovery.

Click on Restart Now beside Advanced Setup. 

When you are in Advanced Startup, go to Troubleshoot.

Select Advanced options.

Choose Startup Repair.

Click on Restart and follow any on-screen instructions.

While your PC is booting, press F4 on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode.

Reset Your PC

Press Win + I in your keyboard to open Settings.

Go to System and select Recovery.

Select Reset this PC.

You may select which files you want to keep or completely reset your PC.


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