Sunday , November 19 2017

Windows Server Backup failed to Complete. System writer not found

In Windows Server 2016 when we take system state backup. It fails with an error.

Backup Failed to Complete. The System writer is not found in the backup

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Solution –

Make sure System Writer is missing

Start – Cmd

vss admin list writers

(Working Machine)

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Try Restarting Below services

  1. COM+ Event System
  2. COM+ System Application
  3. Distributed Transactions Coordinator
  4. Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider
  5. Volume Shadow Copy service
  6. Block Level Backup Engine Service

Check System writer is visible. if not.

Start Command Prompt Run as Administrator


Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /a
icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant BUILTIN\Users:(RX)
Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\* /a
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant BUILTIN\Users:(RX)

net stop cryptsvc
net start cryptsvc

Now system writer should be visible.

About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Exchange Server MVP , Publisher of CareExchange.in Supporting/Deploying/Designing Microsoft Exchange for some years. Extensive experience on Microsoft Technologies.

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