How to Fix System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203


How to Fix System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203
There are several confusing errors shown on the screen during computation. We focused lots of Windows related errors where System restore is one of the troubleshooting steps. Read the full article to know how to fix system restore encountered an error code 0x81000203. But in this article System Restore is itself under threat. When performed it shows failure message with error code: 0X81000203.

A pop-up Window appears with the message “There was an unexpected error in the property page”. Before discussion about solution, we must understand the reason behind showing the error code 0x81000203. Since, System Restore is one of the essential parts of Windows system which helps to roll back on Files, Applications and Settings. There are three basic reason behind showing 0x81000203: -
a.       TuneUp Utilities 2009/ 2010/ 2011 Turbo Mode Turned On
b.       Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider is disabled or not running.
c.       When System Restore is disabled.

We need to follow five unique procedures to fix System Restore encountered an error code 0x81000203. We have added respective images to understand the steps. These unique procedures are enlisted below.

a.       Uninstall TuneUp Utilities or Disable Turbo Mode
b.       Turn on Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service
c.       Enable System Restore tool from Group Policy Editor
d.       Enable using the Registry
e.       Checking the Volsnap value for the UpperFilters entry

Procedure to Fix System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0x81000203

Troubleshooting 1: Uninstall TuneUp Utilities or Disable Turbo Mode

Step 1: Press Window Key + R to open Run Window. Type appwiz.cpl and press OK to open “Programs and Features” Window.
Step 2: Search for TuneUp related Utilities and double click on it. As a result, uninstaller will launch and follow the wizard to complete it. Then try to perform the System Restore now.
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Step 3: Turbo mode usually disables the component responsible for System Restore. So turn off the Turbo mode to use System Restore.
Step 4: TuneUp Utilities Start Center > PC Optimization Mode > Select either “Economy or Standard” > Turbo > disable the option.

Troubleshooting 2: Turn on Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service

Step 1: Go to search bar and type “Services”. Right click on it and Select as “Run as administrator”. Alternatively, press Windows Key + R to open Run Window and then type “services.msc”.
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Step 2: Search for the service “Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider” and then double click on it. Now Set the Start type to “Automatic” and click on “START” to start the service.
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Step 3: Go to Search bar and type control panel. Open the Control Panel and navigate to “System” and click on System Protection available in left panel of the Window. 
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Choose the Drive and then click on “Configure” option below. Enable the “Turn on the System Protection” button. Also Set the Maximum Disk Space usage to value more than zero. Finally click on OK to setup.
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203


Troubleshooting 3: Enable System Restore Tool using Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open Run Command Window. Now type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open “Local Group Policy Editor”.
Step 2: Follow Computer Configuration > Administrative Template > System > System Restore and navigate to “Turn off System Restore”.
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Step 3: Navigate to “Turn off System Restore” and check mark on “Not Configured”. Click on OK. Finally Restart the PC and check if System Restore works normally.
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203


Troubleshooting 4: Check Registry Editor for System Restore related settings.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open Run prompt Window. Now type “regedit.exe” and press Enter button.
Step 2: When Registry Editor is open. Proceed to path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT
Step 3: Now search for the sub option “SystemRestore” (If it exists, else create a new one). 
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Set the subkey contains the DWORD value DisableConfig. If System restore is blocked then its value would be set to 1. So, delete the DisableConfig or edit and set it to 0. Finally restart the PC and check if problem is solved.

Troubleshooting 5: Checking the Volsnap value for the UpperFilters entry

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open Run prompt. Type the “regedit” and press Enter. When Registry Editor Window is open. Navigate to the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{71a27cdd-812a-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f}
System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203

Step 2: In the right section of the Window. Make sure the value of “UpperFilters” is set to “Volsnap”. Finally click on OK and check if problem is solved. This is how to Fix System Restore Encountered an Error Code 0X81000203.



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