Windows 10: System Image Restore Error

Discus and support System Image Restore Error in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hello, I have recently purchased a new PC and intended to restore a system image created on my previous PC on the new one. I created recovery media... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Cameron Neil, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. System Image Restore Error


    I have recently purchased a new PC and intended to restore a system image created on my previous PC on the new one. I created recovery media using Windows 10 and ran into an error when restoring from the system image on my external HDD.

    The error: "system image restore failed. Windows cannot restore a system image to a computer that has different firmware. The system image was created on a computer using BIOS and this computer is using UEFI.

    I am now aware there are incompatibilities with the file systems used on the previous drive and the new one. Is there any way around this issue? I have contacted microsoft but they have said it is not possible, however I have viewed a number of articles online that seem to suggest it is.

    If it is not possible to restore this image on my new PC, can I recover the data on this system image and if so, what is the best way to do this?

    I am ok with purchasing third-party software if it is necessary/easier.



    Cameron Neil, Sep 29, 2020
  2. jellyroll Win User

    How to delete inactive System Image Restore Points in System Restore

    Windows 10 64-bit.
    When I click "show more restore points" in System Restore I see a bunch of old "system image restore points" that were deleted in past and do not correspond to any currently active restore points. Clicking any of these old restore points, I simply get an error message saying they could not be found, and to select another restore point instead.I would like to delete these restore points listings but have been unable to do so.
    So far, I have tried steps mentioned below without any luck :

    Disk Cleanup through (CSystem Image Restore Error :) Properties
    Disable System Protection (OFF and ON) in System Protection for OS (CSystem Image Restore Error :)
    Disk Space Usage to minimum (slider button all the way to the left then 'Delete all restore points for this drive'),
    Delete all shown Restore points in CCleaner (the problem ones do not show here),
    Reset Windows Backup to Default in Windows 10 with 'Reset_Windows_Backup.bat' utility.

    Any suggestions highly welcome.
    jellyroll, Sep 29, 2020
  3. System Restore Error 0x81000203

    Good day,

    We can see here that you are having issues performing system restore on your computer. Having said that, we need to determine the cause of this problem. Before we proceed, may we know the following:

    • Any changes made on the computer prior to this concern?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you tried so far?
    • Are you getting any error messages when trying to perform system restore? If so, can you send us a screenshot?
      Note: Please do not include any personal information.
    • Have you performed all the suggested troubleshooting steps found on this thread?
    Desiree Yau, Sep 29, 2020
  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    System Image Restore Error

    restore system image from command prompt, drive d: not seen by system restore


    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    To be able to help you with the appropriate troubleshooting steps, please reply with the following details:

    • Are you trying to restore the system image or create a system image?
    • Are you able to see the external drive in File Explorer?
    • Could you please briefly explain the procedure that you are following to initiate a system image restore?

    In the meantime, I suggest you to refer the articles on
    How to: Create a system image in Windows 10

    How to restore a Windows 10 system image to an existing or larger storage device
    created by Andre Da Costa.

    Please reply with the detailed information, to help you in a better way.


    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
    Nikhar_K, Sep 29, 2020

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