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Windows 7: Restore point could not be created - VSS writer error?

18 Feb 2019   #1
jsampson45

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Restore point could not be created - VSS writer error?

On trying to create a restore point on Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) a window comes up entitled "System Protection" with the message "The restore point could not be created for the following reason: An error was detected in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). The problem occurred while trying to contact VSS writers. Verify that the Event System service and the VSS service are running and check for associated errors in the event logs. (0x80042318)
Please try again."
I have only a vague idea what this means. I would be grateful if anyone could explain to me how to do this and indicate if possible how much time to allocate for the job.




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18 Feb 2019   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi jsampson45,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsampson45 View Post
On trying to create a restore point on Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) a window comes up entitled "System Protection" with the message "The restore point could not be created for the following reason: An error was detected in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). The problem occurred while trying to contact VSS writers. Verify that the Event System service and the VSS service are running and check for associated errors in the event logs. (0x80042318) Please try again."
Some questions!

[1] Have you installed any new hardware, software or updates prior to this happening?
[2] Have you got any restore points prior to this happening that you could try and then try making a new restore point?
[3] Before this started happening did you have any freezing or BSODís?
[4] Have you tried running chkdsk - Check Disk?
[5] Have you tried running SFC - System File Checker?

Also, these might be of use =>

Error: Volume shadow Copy Service used by system restore is not working.

System Restore: Error detected in the Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS).

I hope this helps!
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18 Feb 2019   #3
jsampson45

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Answers to questions:
1. Much software and updates since I bought the computer.
2. There are no existing restore points (which puzzles me).

3. No.
4. No. If I do, should I reckon to do it last thing at night and leave it to run overnight?

5. No. Ditto.



Looking at the links you kindly provided, when I run services.msc there is no Event System (whatever that is) in the list. Volume Shadow Copy and Task Scheduler are running automatically, according to it. Also, when I run services.msc a window comes up which I do not understand at all - screenshot attached.
Can I assume that some of the files that Windows uses to run the VSS have been deleted or corrupted? If so, can they be replaced, or is it not that simple?


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18 Feb 2019   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi jsampson45,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsampson45 View Post
Looking at the links you kindly provided, when I run services.msc there is no Event System (whatever that is) in the list. Volume Shadow Copy and Task Scheduler are running automatically, according to it. Also, when I run services.msc a window comes up which I do not understand at all - screenshot attached.
Can I assume that some of the files that Windows uses to run the VSS have been deleted or corrupted? If so, can they be replaced, or is it not that simple?
Run CHKDSK [Check Disk] in repair mode, please follow my instructions below!

CHKDSK [Check Disk]

CHKDSK [Check Disk] is a Windows utility program for detecting and repairing any corruptions of the file system [FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS drives]. CHKDSK must be run from an elevated command prompt:
  • Click Start.
  • In the search box type cmd.
  • Right-click the cmd icon from the search results under Programs and select Run as administrator.
  • The elevated command prompt window will now open.
IMPORTANT: When running CHKDSK, if any bad sectors are found, and when attempting to repair that sector, the data available on that sector might be lost.

This one repairs errors on the disk without scanning for any bad sectors. Copy chkdsk C: /F [yes there are 2 spaces there] and Paste it [you need to use the mouse right-click and paste for this as CTRL+V doesn’t work] into the elevated command prompt window and press Enter - This does repair any file system errors or corruptions on drive C:\, provided that the disk isn’t in use. If the disk is in use [locked], CHKDSK displays a prompt that asks whether you want to schedule the disk to be checked the next time you restart the OS, click Yes to schedule this check and then Restart. After CHKDSK has completed, Windows should boot normally [possibly after a second auto-reboot].

CHKDSK [Check Disk] - Log File

NOTE: The CHKDSK log can be found in the Event Viewer:

[1] Click Start.
[2] In the search box type eventvwr.msc and press Enter.
[3] On the left-hand side under Event Viewer (Local) expand Windows Logs and click Application.
[4] On the right-hand side under the Actions pane click Filter current log.
[5] In the Event Sources: dropdown box list select Wininit and press Enter, then click OK.

You should now only see the CHKDSK log files displayed from the Wininit Event Sources and the information pertaining to each of them.

ALTERNATIVELY: You can create your own log location on the Root of C:/ for example at the same time you run CHKDSK. Here is an example for each of the three options above, assuming that the HDD is C:/ and you want the log created on the Root of C:/:

[1] chkdsk C: > C:\ chkdskC_log.txt [change the log name to your own].
[2] chkdsk C: /F > C:\ chkdskCF_log.txt [change the log name to your own].
[3] chkdsk C: /R > C:\ chkdskCR_log.txt [change the log name to your own].

You can Delete the log file if you so wish once you are satisfied and finished with it!

Here is some further information => How to Check Disk for Errors Using chkdsk and Command Prompt.

I hope this helps!
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18 Feb 2019   #5
jsampson45

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Can you give some idea of time that needs to be allotted for this? E.g. should I take the day off?
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18 Feb 2019   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi jsampson45,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsampson45 View Post
Can you give some idea of time that needs to be allotted for this? E.g. should I take the day off?
It really depends on the size of the HDD and how much HDD space is used. It could take a few hours or 30 minutes!
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20 Feb 2019   #7
jsampson45

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I tried to run chkdsk as instructed. I attach a screenshot of the resulting message in the command window. So I rebooted the computer and the result was as shown in the photo of the screen which I also attach. I tried uninstalling my antivirus software but this did not help. I eventually succeeded in reinstalling the antivirus software, which is where I am now. It looks as if I might have to run chkdsk from a rescue disk or some environment outside my Windows installation. Is that right, or should my next step be something else?


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20 Feb 2019   #8
jsampson45

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Replying to myself as I am not sure the second image was attached. I am trying to attach it here.
OK, it was not attached as far as I can see. What it says is:
"A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.
Cannot open volume for direct access.
Autochk cannot run due to an error caused by a recently installed software patch.
Use the system restore feature from the control panel to restore the system to a point prior to the recent software package installation.
An unspecified error occurred (766f6c756d652e63 3f1)"
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20 Feb 2019   #9
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi jsampson45,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsampson45 View Post
Replying to myself as I am not sure the second image was attached. I am trying to attach it here.
OK, it was not attached as far as I can see. What it says is:
"A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.
Cannot open volume for direct access.
Autochk cannot run due to an error caused by a recently installed software patch.
Use the system restore feature from the control panel to restore the system to a point prior to the recent software package installation.
An unspecified error occurred (766f6c756d652e63 3f1)"
Yes as per my post #4 I said that it would run chkdsk afetr a restart because the disk would be in use!

Was it a M$ software patch that was installed or was it a software patch for some software that you have downloaded?

I hope this helps!
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20 Feb 2019   #10
jsampson45

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks - I don't know. Updates of software occur all the time, some known to the user, some in the background e.g. to antivirus software. I will need to proceed on the basis that I do not know. Is there a way of running chkdsk from a rescue disk, or can Windows be repaired in some other way? My initial impression was that if the VSS is damaged its files could simply be replaced, but I guess that is too simple.
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