System Restore feature on your Windows running PC is one of the important yet handy feature comes pre-configured on every Windows OS running machine. It helps you to recover your system in case of system failure, software installation failure or system malfunctioning. System Restore Error 0x81000203 pops up when your PC fails to complete the System store operation successfully.
This error becomes annoying when it occurs repeatedly and prevents you from performing System Restore on your Windows PC. The error may occur on any Windows version including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Normally when your system fails to perform System Restore successfully, it throws this error on the screen. In worst case scenario, you may also lose all your previous restore point saved in your system.
“There was an unexpected error in the properties page: System Restore encountered an error. Please try to run System Restore again. (0x81000203)
Please close the property page and try again”
The above error clearly states that the System Restore operation has failed due to an unexpected error in properties page. Now to fix this error you could find several methods online, but before you try to mess with your Systems files, follow this step by step guide fix to solve this System Restore error 0x81000203 issue on Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PC.
How to Fix 0x81000203 System Restore Error on Windows 7/ 8
Step 1: Open Run command box by typing in Run on windows search or by pressing Windows + R key on your keyboard. This will open up the Run command box.
Step 2: Type in services.msc in the Run box and hit enter(Refer below image)
Step 3: This will open Services window on your PC.
Step 4: Now search for Volume Shadow Copy in the available list of services.
Step 5: Right click on Volume Shadow Copy and select Properties from the list.
Step 6: Under General tab, select Startup Type as “Automatic” and click on OK.
Step 7: Next, find Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider and right click on it.
Step 8: Select Properties and select Startup Type as “Automatic”.
Step 9: Click OK to save the settings.
That’s it. By following, the above steps you can solve and fix 0x81000203 System Restore Error on Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PC.