Restore Computer - PowerShell


The Restore-Computer command in PowerShell restores a system to a previously created restore point. It enables recovery from system failures or data loss by reverting the system to a known good state.


Restore-Computer -RestorePoint <RestorePoint> [-Reason <String>] [-Force] [-NoReboot] [-ShowDetails] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]


  • -RestorePoint: Specifies the restore point to use for the recovery. The restore point can be specified by its GUID or name.
  • -Reason: (Optional) Provides a reason for performing the system restore.
  • -Force: (Optional) Forces the system restore to proceed even if the system is in an inconsistent state.
  • -NoReboot: (Optional) Prevents the system from restarting after the restore is complete.
  • -ShowDetails: (Optional) Displays detailed information about the restore process.
  • -WhatIf: (Optional) Simulates the restore process without actually modifying the system.
  • -Confirm: (Optional) Prompts for confirmation before executing the command.


Basic Restore

Restore-Computer -RestorePoint "MyRestorePoint"

Restore with Reason

Restore-Computer -RestorePoint "MyRestorePoint" -Reason "System failure"

Suppressing Reboot

Restore-Computer -RestorePoint "MyRestorePoint" -NoReboot

Common Issues

Restore Point Not Found

If the specified restore point does not exist, the command will fail. Verify that the restore point is valid and accessible.

Inconsistent System State

Restoring a system in an inconsistent state can lead to data loss or system instability. Use the -Force option cautiously.


With PowerShell Scripts

Restore-Computer can be integrated into PowerShell scripts for automated system recovery. For example:

$restorePoint = Get-RestorePoint -ComputerName $env:COMPUTERNAME -Recent | Select -First 1
Restore-Computer -RestorePoint $restorePoint.Name
  • Get-RestorePoint: Retrieves available restore points on the specified system.
  • Reset-Computer: Resets the system to its factory default state.
  • SystemRecovery: Launches the System Recovery UI for manual system restore.


This is an example of a comprehensive manual page for the Restore-Computer command. Feel free to contribute improvements by creating a pull request on GitHub.