System Restore is a vital feature of Windows that allows users to recover deleted files and restore their computer to a previous state. This error may occur while trying to download the Windows 10/11 update KB4480966, or due to permission issues when extracting files from a System Restore backup.
How to Fix System Restore Failed to Extract the File Error
If you are trying to install the Windows 10/11 update mentioned above and encounter the error 0x80071160 system restore failed to extract the file message, there are two available options you can follow. Usually, to install an update on your Windows, you go to your settings, then select the Update & Security option. Check for updates. If automatically updating the System has failed, follow any of the options detailed below:
Change your network connection
Sometimes, Windows 10/11 updates fail simply because your internet connection doesn’t allow them to download completely. If this is the case, the solution is very easy and straightforward. Just change your internet connection. If you are using a LAN connection, try and switch to Wi-Fi. If you are using Wi-Fi, try switching to a LAN connection. Once done, download the files again and try reinstalling.
Download and Install Update KB4480966 Update Manually
- Identify what system your current Windows is running on: 64-bit or 32-bit.
- Find the update online and download it.
- Install the update.
- Run the update file.
- Click yes on the Windows Update Standalone Installer prompt.
- Restart the PC for the update to take effect.
Reset the Windows Update Components
If the problem is Windows Update components, this option should fix the error 0x80071160
- Type CMD or command prompt in the Windows start search box. Right-click on it and select ‘Run as Administrator.’ This will allow you to open the elevated Command Prompt window
- Stop Windows Update services by typing in the following commands and pressing Enter after each.
net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
net stop cryptSvc
net stop msiserver
- Rename the catroot2 folder and the SoftwareDistribution folder by typing in the following commands. Press Enter after each command.
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
- Restart the components that you stopped in step 3 by typing in the following commands and press Enter after each
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
- Restart your computer
Restore the System from the Advanced Recovery Environment
If the error occurred because of permission issues, the Advanced Recovery Environment could be a good option. It requires you to have previously stored a backup on your device. You have two options here. Boot into the Advanced Startup Options either from within your current Windows or using a bootable USB drive or DVD. If you want to boot from your Windows, follow these steps:
- Open the Windows 10/11 settings menu.
- Select Update & Security.
- Select recovery.
- Click the restart now button under advanced startup.
- When in recovery, select Advance options.
- Select the Troubleshoot option.
- Select Advanced options again.
- Click system restore and see if you can be able to restore your computer to an earlier time.
If this works, then you are set. If it does not, perform the startup repair option in the Recovery Environment. Once the repair is complete, perform a system restore.
Use the DISM Command Line
If these three options fail, then it is time to run the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) command to fix any corruption that might have happened to your system files. Open command prompt with admin privileges, then execute the following commands:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
DISM.exe /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup
For safety purposes, always have at least two backups in place in case System Restore fails to work. This allows you to have a backup to fall back on if one of the backups fails. However, this is not something that happens very often. After you have restored your system, find PC repair software online, find a recovery software program, and recover anything that you had not backed up.