How to Run System Restore on Windows 8 with Bitdefender AV Installed?

Reverting Windows 8 to an earlier point in time via System Restore might fail if a Bitdefender antivirus is installed on the computer.

System Restore will run normally but, after a reboot, you will get a notification that the operation failed because of the antivirus.

Turning off the real-time protection and any other security components of Bitdefender temporarily will not resolve the issue. In this case, the best way to run System Restore is via Safe Mode.

Enter Safe Mode on Windows 8

If your computer is running Windows 8, you can’t simply access Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key during a reboot. Shift key + F8 won’t work either. What you need to do is enable the Windows Boot Manager first. You might be familiar with it. Yes! It’s the black screen where you can select an Operating System.

1. Run Command Prompt as administrator. To do this, press the Windows logo key + X to open the Quick Link menu then select Command Prompt (Admin)

Click “Yes” if you get a User Account Control (UAC) warning message.

2. Either copy-paste or manually type in the command below.

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

Copy-Paste Technique: Copy the text as usual then in the Command Prompt window, right-click the blinking cursor then select Paste.

Windows 8 Command Prompt - Enable Windows Boot Manager
Enabling Windows Boot Manager

3. Press the Enter key.

4. Reboot the computer.

5. On Windows Boot Manager screen, press the F8 key to access the Advanced Options.

On Advanced Options screen, choose Safe Mode, by pressing the Enter key.

Now, wait for Windows to load.

Windows 8 Safe Mode
Windows 8 Safe Mode

Run System Restore

6. Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery\Open System Restore

Press the Windows logo key + X to open Quick Link menu then select Control Panel.

7. Click Next in System Restore window.

8. Select a Restore Point then click Next > Finish.

Just wait until the operation is complete. It might take a few minutes.

On the next reboot, redo step 5 to reaccess Windows in Safe Mode. Do not reboot on the normal Windows or else, the operation will fail.

You will get a confirmation like below if the system is restored successfully.

System Restore completed successfully. The system has been restored to [Date] [Time] …

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Remove Windows Boot Manager

If you want to disable Windows Boot Manager, all you have to do is redo the above steps 1 to 4 but use this command instead: bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

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