Perform system state restore

Restoring a computers system state restores the computers registry, COM+ class database, boot and system files, and so on from a system state backup. A system state backup is performed when you select the VSS and System State options.

For an Active Directory server, the system state also includes the Active Directory domain controllers. You can also restore the domain controllers separately from the rest of the system state writers.

When you select a backup job and select Browse and Restore, the file browser for the backup job will appear.

When you restore the system state to a computer, it is important that you restore the entire folder of system state writers and not individual writers. Also, you must restore the system state to the specific computer that it was backed up from (or, at least, to a computer with the exact same configuration as the backed up computer).

In the Navigation Screen pane, expand the VSS folder and select the System State folder. This will restore all of the folders under the System State folder, as required.

If you attempt to select or clear individual folders on the Entry List pane (on the right side), you will see a warning about unexpected results from a partial system state restore. Make sure that you check the System State folder and that you leave the other folder selections unchanged (all subfolders checked).

Then click Restore on the file browser screen. The system state will be restored to the client computer.

Once you have started a system state restore, you must not interrupt it in any way. This includes canceling the restore job. Any interruptions have the potential to leave the system in an non-bootable/unusable state.