Windows 7 and Windows Home Server

The Windows Home Server team is excited to see the progress and excitement around the public beta release of Windows 7

From the Windows 7 Beta Download "How to Backup a PC" page, you will see this important note near the bottom of the page.

Note: The backup methods described here do not preserve installed programs—only data. When the Windows 7 Beta expires on August 1, 2009, you'll need to reinstall a prior version of Windows or a subsequent release of Windows 7 before the expiration date, as well as any previously-installed programs.

You can read about installing the Windows Home Server Connector software on a PC running Windows 7 over at HomeServerHacks.   But before you update a PC to Windows 7, you should install the Connector software and backup your machine to your home server, so you have an image-based backup that you can return to for testing the upgrade scenario with future builds of Windows 7.


If you run into a bug with using the Windows Home Server Connector on the beta release of Windows 7, please let the home server team know through our Connect site.  A few people have notified us that we incorrectly display "Windows Vista ..." for the operating system name in the Windows Home Server Console and the Windows Home Server Remote Access page - we already have a fix in the works for those bugs. 


The Windows Home Server automated image-based backup and restore solution works with PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista today, and should also work with Windows 7.  Please download the Windows 7 beta and try it out ... let us know if you have any issues.




p.s. If you don't have a home server yet, now might be a good time to get going ....

Comments (9)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Lots of great news and blog posts about Windows Home Server appeared over the last week.  I thought

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yesterday marked the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate .  On the Engineering Windows

  3. Anonymous says:

    Got my connector installed without indecent. Now today I want to open a backup and it gets to 81% (every time 81%) and it says "Cannot connect to the backup service on the server. Verify that all services are running." They are working as I can connect from an XP client, just not my Windows 7 laptop.

    Checking the even viewer on a crash, there are bitlocker issues: "Metadata initial read: Primary metadata record on volume Z: could not be found. Volume needs recovery."

    Still trying to figure it out.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m having the same issue that Kingtone is having…

    "Cannot connect to the backup service on the server. Verify that all services are running."

    I’m connecting to the HS using a Dell Desktop from a Windows 7 PC.  I’m trying to open up a back-up from a Vista machine to grab some files out.  It worked just fine earlier, but now I can’t connect.

    I’ve restarted (both the W7 PC and the Homeserver) a couple of times, but not having any luck.

    Tried it from my laptop and it’s just worked fine, so there’s something a bit squiffy.

    Also, same as Kinpin, tends to happen when the process indicator gets to around 80%…  (Not sure if this has anything to do with it but the back-up console in the background seems to hit "100%" just as the connector fails and comes up with the error.)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was definitely excited about being able to do a complete backup just before trying out Windows 7, knowing that I can easily revert. (Of course some will point out Virtual Machines but I like a direct hands on real world experience when testing out this hardware, including full 3D acceleration…)

    WHS mostly works fine for me in Windows 7 Beta x86 though there is one bug, which I have submitted.

    Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get x64 to work so I can’t test WHS on that!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am seeing the very same error indications as posted by "kingston" except for the fact that I was able to successfully open a backup the first time I tried but it failed the second and subsequent times. The backup itself is good since I am still able to open it from my Vista PC.  Once the error occurs the only way to get it to work again (at least once) is to reintall Windows 7.  Not so nice!

    Has there been any progress in getting this problem sorted out?

  7. Anonymous says:

    …Incidently, it’s not working on the Laptop either any more.  I can’t open any back up from either machine now (I’ve tried a restart).  So, something’s wrong.  I’m also getting a can’t Mount Backup error on the laptop…

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have the same error after i mount my backup once, i cannot mount it again. I am running Windows Home Server with all the patches, and Windows 7, Build 7000.

    What options do I have to access my files? i really need my backup!


  9. Anonymous says:

    For x64 version of Windows 7, you xan install WHS Connector by running in a command prompt (with administrator privilege):

    msiexec /i "\WHSSERVERSoftwareHome Server

    Connector Softwarewhsconnector_x64.msi" WHSMSI="RUNSETUP"

    Replace WHSSERVER according to your configuration 😉

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