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Windows 7: Backup & Restore Failed because of Auto Windows Update

16 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Backup & Restore Failed because of Auto Windows Update

I have an Acer Aspire AS5251 laptop. I was in "Backup & Restore", running Backup. I went to bed after inserting the sixth backup disk. I woke up this morning and I had to login. So, after that, I noticed a popup window with a message saying that my windows update had occured overnight and my computer had restarted.There was also a Windows Backup Error Window indicating that my backup did not complete successfully.
Question is, how do I get the backup to continue and not have to start from scratch. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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16 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64

This sounds like the type of thing not many folks would have experience with. All I could suggest is to restart Windows Backup and put in the last DVD or a new one and see what happens.

Did you think the 6th DVD would be the last one?
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16 Aug 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Welcome to Sevenforums.

It's water under the bridge, but:

net stop “windows update”
stops windows update service for this session
net start “windows update”
starts the windows update service for this session

In other words, turn off windows update/turn on windows update.

Those commands must be run from an elevated command prompt.
Go To an Elevated Command Prompt

Elevated command prompt = Run CMD.EXE as administrator

WIN | type CMD.EXE | do not hit Enter |
in the PROGRAMS list, right-click on CMD.EXE |
choose "Run as administrator" |

Click on the YES button (if such appears)

WIN key = key with Microsoft log on top

for the guru:
WIN | type CMD.EXE | CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER key combo | ALT+Y keycombo
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16 Aug 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Oh yes, I do recommend using an external USB drive for backups.
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16 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the reply Saltgrass & Karlsnook,
Saltgrass, I was only about 52% in the backup, half to go. I did a full backup. I'll try restarting backup with the last disk.
Karlsnooks, For sure I'll stop the update this time and if Saltgrass' idea doesn't work, I'll use your method. I was also thinking of going to the USB mass data storage media.
Thanks for both ideas. I'll let you know if either works for me.
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19 Aug 2012   #6


I would not save Win7 backup image to disks at all. You need an external HD.

I would not save Win7 folder/file backup to disks either. It is a cumbersome utility that is best avoided to simply drag the latest User folders to external. I sync mine to the cloud using Skydrive which offers 7gb free storage for each Windows Live ID: Sync Any Folder to Your SkyDrive Account | PCWorld
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19 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Backup Storage

Thanks Greg,
You were reading my mind. Recently bought a Data Transfer Enclosue. My Mom's(bless her soul) Oell D600 wasn't working because the motherboard was cracked. I transferred all her data files using the enclosure.
So, basically I've got an external USB Mass Storage Device w/40gigs at my disposal. It'll be so much faster than using the DVD device.
Thanx for the response.
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