Some users report a STATUS_WAIT_2 error when trying to create a system image using system restore. In some cases, this error occurs with error code 0x80070002. The status_wait_2 error is common in Windows 7, 8 and 10.

However, when you encounter this 0x80070002 system restore error, do you know what can cause it and how to fix it?

The status_wait_2 error can have different causes, such as:

Do you know how to fix status_wait_2 error? In the next section, we’ll show you how to fix the error: (status_wait_2).

In this section we will show you how to fix the error status_wait_2 (0x80070002).

Using the CHKDSK utility

The very first step in fixing Status_wait_2 system recovery error 0x80070002 is to find the errors and fix them on your hard drive. To do this, you will need support for the CHKDSK function. Follow the instructions below to learn how to do this.

Most likely, it can be safely used to fix the error. Even if you don’t, you can use the following few methods for more effective help.

Remove DefaultUser0 account

The status_wait_2 error can be caused by a known bug that creates a ghost account (defaultuser0) that Windows tries to return to even though it no longer exists. In this case, you can delete the defaultuser0 account.

Here’s a tutorial.

  1. Start your computer in safe mode.
  2. Then open the control panel to continue.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click User Account.
  4. Then in the User Accounts section, select the Delete User Account option.
  5. Then open the Manage Accounts window. Select the DefaultUser0 account and select Delete Account to continue.
  6. You may then get a message asking if you want to save or delete files belonging to Defaultuser0. Click Delete files to continue.
  7. Then click “Delete Account” to confirm the process.
  8. Then go to Explorer, navigate to the C: \ Users and make sure DefaultUser0 is still there. If so, select it and delete it.
  9. After deleting, open the registry editor window.
    1. Go to: Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ ProfileList
  10. Then select the subsection starting with S-1-5-21.

Select ProfileImagepath in the right pane and double-click it to continue.

  1. Then make sure that the paths to C: \ Users \ DefaultUser0. If so, edit it so that it points to the main profile you are using.

Delete Windows Update Center files

The software distribution folder stores all files related to Windows updates in C: \ Windows \ Software Distribution. If this folder contains corrupted files, it is the responsibility of the user to recreate the folder from scratch to download and install updates. Here are a few steps you can take to complete the process.

Once the process is complete, you can run the system restore utility to see if the problem is resolved or not. If not, check the methods below.

Remove any corrupted programs or services

If the “System Restore” error message indicates which file, program or service is failing the restore operation (e.g. “The system cannot find the specified file …” or “Failed to restore system, failed to replace file C: \ Program Files (x86) \ <. “Program Name>”) Try uninstalling the specified program. After uninstalling, reboot the system and try to restore the system.

Optional: go to “Event Viewer”> “Windows Logs” and look in the application and system logs for warning events with the error “The system cannot find the specified file”. Then check these warnings to see what program or service is causing the problem, and then uninstall the malicious program or service. After uninstalling, reboot the system and run System Restore.

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