Getting a new computer is quite exciting. Compared to older models subjected to the typical wear-and-tear, it usually performs tasks faster, and with nary a hitch in the process. But as most users know, this honeymoon period doesn’t really last long. Eventually, all those saved documents, programs, and applications (and visits to unspeakable websites) take their toll, and problems like delays and system breakdowns follow. Fortunately for Microsoft Windows Users, they can do a System Restore. The said feature reverts the computer to a certain point in time, back when it was working properly (and presumably free of any acquired malfunction).
“Rstrui exe” is an executable file better known as the System Restore Application, and thus, a crucial part of Windows. It’s a component of System 32, and is generally no threat to the operating system. However, users trying to run a System Restore can sometimes encounter error messages invoking that the “EXE” file not working, regardless of whether the operating system is Windows 7, Windows 8, “XP”, or Vista. Although errors related to “rstrui’s” functions normally involve programs like System Restore, they also have an indirect effect on the overall system. Some problems that stem from missing or corrupted EXE files include the following:
- The inability of certain software to run smoothlyFailure to update the systemDifficulties in completely removing unused system files and componentsFrequent and seemingly random system shutdownsFailure to load critical system componentsA significant decrease in overall computer performanceFrequent system error messagesThe dreaded Blue Screen of Death
Most “rstrui”-related errors are caused by temporary issues such as damaged files or viruses and “malware” infections. For such problems, a few general solutions could apply:
- Restarting the system. This is the fastest and easiest resolution, and is better suited for minor and temporary computer glitches.Carrying out a system restore. Via the folder C:\Windows\System32, the system restore can be run as an administrator. This will bring the system back to a time when the virus infecting it was not yet present.Doing a full scan on the whole system. Using any effective antivirus software, harmful viruses like Trojans or spywares can be tracked down and removed. Once this is accomplished, a system restore can finish the job in bringing the computer back to its functioning capacity.
Some of the more specific errors encountered and their more targeted solutions, on the other hand, are as follows:
1. The error message “System restore could not open. Rstrui.exe is missing.” pops up.
In this case, the system restore process can’t go through since the “rstrui” file is needed to run it completely. The rstrui.exe location is usually in the “System32” folder in Drive C, but if it really is missing, the next few steps might be required:
Go to Safe Mode and download a fresh rstrui file.
Restart the System Restore Process.
2. System Restore won’t open (e.g., the rstrui file is not opening).
If enabling System Restore from its file location can’t seem to open the program, ending the processes related to rstrui in Windows Task Manager and then restarting the process might do the trick. If that doesn’t work, there are two other options:
- Initiate a System Restart, and then do another System Restore.Execute rstrui.exe from command prompt, via the following steps:Restart the system.Push the F8 button once the system starts to boot.When the boot menu appears, select the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option.When prompted for a command, type the following phrase: “%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe”, and hit the “Enter” key.Proceed with the System Restore process.
3. An error window shows this error message “rstrui.exe bad image. The application or DLL C:\windows\system32\HLINK.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette.”
While certain kinds of malicious software can display error messages referencing “rstrui.exe bad image” to trick the user into initiating a System Restore or a Repair Install, the error message above may indicate a missing or corrupted component. To repair this, the following steps may be taken:
- Open the System32 folder in Drive C.Open the folder labeled “dllcache.” Alternatively, type “C:\Windows\System32\dllcache” into the address bar and hit “Enter.”Search for the back-up files needed, and copy them from the dllcache folder into the one with the missing or corrupted files are.Click “Yes” when asked to overwrite the files.Restart the system, and resume operations.