Updates on Vista Backup and Restore Errors and Solutions table

A customer sent us a contribution to the Vista Backup and Restore Errors and Solutions table. Christine Fok added his innovative solution to the list:  Error or Symptom Cause/Solution System Restore fails with the following error:   The Restore point could not be created for the following reason:   Windows cannot create a shadow copy… Read more

Common causes and solutions to Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup problems – updated!

This is an update to the solutions table posted previously on this blog.   Vista Backup team has been working with customers to troubleshoot common problems, but sometimes it’s a hard job – some error codes belong to other system components and are reflected in Backup tool functionality. Even so, the team brings you a… Read more

What’s new with backup and Restore on Vista SP1

Vista SP1 Backup & Restore contains many updates that improve reliability. Great effort has been put into improving the overall quality of File Backup, Complete PC Backup and System Restore. Many of those important changes may not be visible to users, but if you run Backup and Restore tools, you can see some functionality improvements… Read more

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) writer updates in Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

For Server 2008 the VSS team invested a great deal in hardware shadow copy scenarios which you can read about here . Additionally significant work went into enhancing the APIs for writers and widening their adoption by other applications and components. Consequently Server 2008 has several new VSS writers for Windows components which aids in… Read more

Check out "A Guide to Windows Vista Backup Technologies"

One of our program managers, Christine Fok, wrote a great TechNet Magazine article on our backup technologies in Windows Vista. If you’ve wondered how to schedule a Complete PC Backup or restore individual files from the .vhd made by Complete PC Backup, you’ll want to check out this article. A Guide to Windows Vista Backup… Read more

Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup Chat (July 11, 2007)

Chat Topic: BackupDate: Wednesday, July 11, 2007Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Welcome to today’s chat with the Complete PC Backup and System Restore Team team. We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask the experts” check box, and click “Send.” Those posts will go into a… Read more

Common causes and solutions to Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup problems

The Vista Backup team has been helping troubleshoot backup-related problems reported in the public Windows Vista newsgroups. This has been a great learning experience for us, not only in working with customers but also understanding the real-world problems our customers face. Below is summary of the most commonly reported problems we’ve encountered. Error or Symptom… Read more

Mark your July calendars: Upcoming chats on Backup/Recovery and Offline Files in Windows Vista

I’m excited to announce two upcoming chats on some of the popular Windows Vista features owned by my team. On July 10, we’ll answer questions about Offline Files in Windows Vista. On July 11, we’ll answer questions about Backup, Complete PC Backup, System Restore, and Shadow Copies in Windows Vista. It’s been awhile since we did our… Read more

Why is my System Protection tab missing?

A customer recently sent us a screenshot of System Properties in Control Panel showing that his System Protection tab was missing. Launching the tab by its executable, SystemProtectionProperties.exe, did not launch the tab, either. In this case, the customer’s IT group had disabled System Restore using Group Policy. You can check whether this is the… Read more

Why do restore points in Windows Vista use so much disk space?

A reader asked us why restore points are so large in Windows Vista compared to Windows XP. He notes “The average XP restore point was around 50 MB.  On Vista, restores points vary between 1 GB – 3 GB.” Why the big difference? Eduardo Laureano, the Program Manager for System Restore, explains: In Windows Vista,… Read more