How Can You Fix "Restoring Your Previous Version of Windows"?


Stuck at "Restoring your previous version of Windows"
After going into the Windows 10 Upgrade, I preferred Windows 7 so I used the system restore. After waiting a whole night (not exaggerating) it is still stuck there. I can't boot into safe mode. F8 doesn't work. So someone please help!
I do not have a disc for Windows 7, but I have the product key!
Please help me!

--from answers. Microsoft

Whiling reading the above example that comes from one forum, you know this user is experiencing restoring previous version of Windows 10 loop issue. When you search this question online - how long does restoring the previous version of Windows take in Windows 10, you must also have been stuck at this black screen. Don't worry. In this post, we will show you the details description of this issue and some useful solutions. Please read on.

Stuck at Restoring Your Previous Version of Windows

In recent times, the computer has become an indispensable part of your daily life and work. If you buy a new PC, usually it uses Windows 10. If the operating system is old, Windows will continuously ask for the upgrade. Then some of you choose to make an upgrade from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 or from Windows 10 earlier version to the newest version. While at the same time, in view of the instability of Windows 10 and hardware incompatibility, some of you decide to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 7/8.1 or restore Windows 10 to previous date.

However, an error message prompts on your computer screen reporting "Restoring your previous version of Windows" stuck after a failed Windows 10 upgrade, downgrade or other accidents and the screen turns black as shown in the following:

Once this issue appears, you will be caught in a Windows 10 restore loop. That's why many of you ask how long Windows 10 restoring the previous version of Windows takes. As a matter of fact, even after a few hours or days, your computer probably still can't complete system restore and is stuck at the message showing on the black screen. Then, perhaps you ask: why is my computer restoring previous version of Windows? Actually, in all probability, the recovery file or the created system image for the restoration is corrupted.

After learning so much information about Windows 10 stuck at restoring screen, now you should find ways to fix this issue. Please keep reading.

How to Fix Restoring Your Previous Version of Windows

From the above description of Windows stuck at restoring the previous version issue, you should know waiting is not useful and finding the solutions is important. By searching this topic on the internet, we have found four useful ways. And here, we will display them one by one.

Solution 1: Restore Computer to Earlier Date by System Image Backup

To restore computer to an earlier point of time can be a primary option to help you go back to the normal state in case of restoring previous version of Windows 10 loop. How to achieve this aim? In order to restore your operating system to the previous state, there must be a precondition – a system image backup has been created beforehand.

Make a System Image Backup

Usually, in Windows 10/8/7 or other operating systems, there is a built-in tool to make a system image backup and restore. But most of you think it is complicated, time-consuming and easily failed for system backup and restore. Fortunately, MiniTool ShadowMaker can be helpful. This free backup and restore software for Windows 10/8/7 is developed by MiniTool Team. With its powerful features, you can back up system, partition or disk. In the event of system failure of other accidents, this tool provides you with the best system recovery solution.


  • If you have created a system backup image in advance by means of MiniTool ShadowMaker, after restoring your previous version of Windows black screen issue occurs, you can directly use the backup file to restore Windows 10 to previous date.
  • If there is no system backup, before you starting OS upgrade or downgrade, you should make one backup for the operating system. Just free download MiniTool ShadowMaker to have a try.

If you don't know how to create a system image backup before system accidents happen, follow the guidance as shown below:

Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker to the interface where you can choose local backup or remote backup.

Step 2: Then in "Backup" page, you see the system partition is checked by default. Then select an external hard drive as the destination disk to save the backup image. Next click "Back up Now" button. After a few minutes, the system image will be created.

For more information about system backup, please refer to this post How Can You Create a Windows 10 Image Backup.

Make a System Recovery

Now if your computer is stuck at restoring your previous version of Windows black screen and you also have made a system backup before the issue occurs, it is time to restore your Windows 10 to the normal state. MiniTool ShadowMaker only lets you enter WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment) to restore the image to the original system location.

How to go into WinPE? Fortunately, MiniTool ShadowMaker offers you "Bootable Media" feature in "Tools" tab. Just click this feature to create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive, and then boot your computer to WinPE from the bootable disc.

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Then in WinPE, MiniTool ShadowMaker will run automatically. Then the system backup task you have made in advance will be displayed in the "Restore" interface. Now, start to restore computer to earlier date in Windows 10 from the backup image.

In MiniTool ShadowMaker Bootable Edition, you can find the drive letter of each partition may be different from what it is in Windows. So during the restoration, please check whether it is the backup version you want to restore carefully.

Step 1: The system backup task is listed as shown in the following. Click "Restore" feature to continue.

Step 2: Then you need to select the backup version which you want to restore your PC to. Then click "Next" button to fix restoring previous version of Windows 10 loop issue.

Step 3: Then from the following screenshot, you can see all partitions that are included in the backup version. Just select the volumes to restore from the selected backup file and click "Next".

"MBR and Track 0" is very important for the restoration operation, therefore, it must be checked. Otherwise, after system restore, your Windows 10 is most likely to be unbootable.

Step 4: Then all hard drives in your computer will be displayed here. Please select the system disk to restore system image backup to.

Note: Here MiniTool ShadowMaker doesn't allow you to restore the image to the disk where you have saved backup files.

After selecting the target disk, you will receive a warning showing you "data in the following partitions on the target disk will be overwritten while restoring an image…"

MiniTool ShadowMaker will restore the system image to the same partition location as the original system partition. If you choose to restore the image to a non-system disk, a certain partition will be deleted. Therefore, you had better choose the system disk as the target disk.

From the figure as shown below, you see the system backup image will be restored to C drive. Please click "OK" to continue.

Step 5: MiniTool ShadowMaker will enter the interface of operation progress. The recovery process will cost a few minutes, so please be patient to wait. If you don't want to wait until the restoration operation is finished, "Shut down the computer when the operation is completed" option is a good idea. Just check it.

After finishing system image recovery, you can run your Windows 10 and then you will find restoring your previous version of Windows after update issue has been solved.

In conclusion, by means of MiniTool ShadowMaker, if you have already created a system backup image in advance, it is very easy to restore Windows to previous date. Just free download this professional backup & restore software and have a try.

Solution 2: Reset Your PC

Some of you may say that you haven't made a system backup before Windows 10 restoring loop issue appears. In this case, what should you do to fix the operating system issue? To be specific, you can restore your computer to its correct state by resetting PC.

When your Windows 10 is stuck at restoring previous versions of Windows, the OS can't boot. Therefore, you can only go into WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) to rest your PC. Usually, Windows 10 can enter WinRE automatically in the event of system failure. If it fails to access WinRE, you can use a Windows installation to achieve this aim. Then follow the guidance as shown below to reset PC:

1. In "Choose an option" page, click "Troubleshoot" option.
2. Then select "Reset this PC".

3. Next, choose "Keep my files" option which enables you to remove apps and settings, but keep your personal files.
4. Select your user account and input the password if prompted.

Then Windows will perform the resetting process. After that, perhaps you can boot your computer normally.

Solution 3: Perform a System Repair or System Restore

In addition to the above two ways, you can try the solution 3. This way still requires you to go to WinRE. Then start to do system restore or repair. Here is the guidance:

1. You still need to click the option "Troubleshoot".
2. Click "Advance Options".
3. Then select "System Restore" or "Startup Repair". The first option enables you to use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore Windows. The second option can help to fix problems that keep Windows from loading. Here please choose proper one according to your own actual situations.

Then follow the instructions appearing on the screen to fix restoring previous version of Windows black screen issue and restore computer to earlier date successfully.

Solution 4: Make a Windows 10 Clean Installation

If all the above methods are useless, you can only make a Windows 10 clean installation by using Windows 10 installation disc or creating a Windows 10 installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file).

Bottom Line

In this post, we show you an actual example of restoring your previous version of Windows and the detailed description of this issue. Then four specific solutions to fix restoring previous version of Windows 10 loop are introduced, including using system backup image to restore the system, resetting PC, making system restore or system repair and reinstalling Windows 10. By trying these ways, you can easily solve Windows 10 boot loop issue.

From this article, you know to have a system backup is really necessary. In the case of system failure or system corruption, the system backup can be used to restore your PC to its normal state. Just download MiniTool ShadowMaker to create a system backup ahead of time.

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