1.    14 Dec 2016 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro

    System Restore Error 0x81000203 - can't create shadow copies


    Please help me to diagnose and fix my VSS errors. Symptoms include:
    • When visiting the System Protection tab in System Properties, I get the error message: "There was an unexpected error in the property page. System Restore encountered an error. Please try to run System Restore again. (0x81000203) Please close the property page and try again."
    • In the event log I get an error with event ID 12293: "Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Error calling a routine on a Shadow Copy Provider {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}. Routine details IVssSnapshotProvider::IsVolumeSupported() failed with 0x8000ffff [hr = 0x8000ffff, Catastrophic failure]. Operation: Check If Volume Is Supported by ProviderContext: Execution Context: Coordinator Provider ID: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5} Volume Name: \\?\Volume{48a79008-0000-0000-0000-100000000000}\


    The Volume ID refers to my system volume.

    So far, I have tried the following:
    • vssadmin list writers — no errors shown
    • sfc /scannow — no errors found
    • chkdsk c: /f — no errors found
    • I've even done a repair install of Windows, which didn't fix it.
    • I enabled VSS tracing (trace attached), which identified at least the following errors:
      • THROW[CVssMachineInformation::GetMinDiffAreaOnVolume] Could not send the IOCTL 0x00534058 on device \\?\Volume{48a79008-0000-0000-0000-100000000000} - 0x000001cc. [0x00000001]
      • Cannot retrieve minimum diff area for volume \\?\Volume{48a79008-0000-0000-0000-100000000000}\ [0x8000ffff]. Using the default value 335544320


    However, despite plenty of googling, I'm none the wiser at trying to fix those errors, and I'd be grateful for any help.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2.    14 Dec 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 2,758
    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    Has this just started happening or did system restore never worked?
    Is seems, it can not access your partition, I would try to update drivers.

    You can try this, run CMD as admin and copy/paste:

    reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore" /v "DisableSR" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore" /v "DisableConfig" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SPP\Clients" /v " {09F7EDC5-294E-4180-AF6A-FB0E6A0E9513}" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "1" /f
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\SystemRestore\SR" /Enable
    vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=25GB
    sc config wbengine start= demand
    sc config swprv start= demand
    sc config vds start= demand
    sc config VSS start= demand


    For the record there are better alternatives like RollBack Rx Home or AOMEI Backupper Standard.
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  3.    14 Dec 2016 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Has this just started happening or did system restore never worked?
    It's worked until recently.
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore" /v "DisableSR" /f
    reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore" /v "DisableConfig" /f
    Unable to find the specified registry key or value.
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SPP\Clients" /v " {09F7EDC5-294E-4180-AF6A-FB0E6A0E9513}" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "1" /f
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\SystemRestore\SR" /Enable
    Scheduled task has already been enabled. The parameters of the scheduled task… have been changed.
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=25GB
    Error: The shadow copy provider had an error. Please see the system and application event logs for more information.
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    sc config wbengine start= demand
    sc config swprv start= demand
    sc config vds start= demand
    sc config VSS start= demand
    SUCCESS
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    For the record there are better alternatives like RollBack Rx Home or AOMEI Backupper Standard.
    I know, but the VSS problem isn't just affecting System Restore. Any software service trying to use VSS faces the same problem.
    The new errors in the Application log are EventID 12289:
    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error DeviceIoControl(\\?\Volume{48a79008-0000-0000-0000-100000000000} - 0000000000000188,0x00530024,0000000000000000,0,0000020896B0A280,4096,[0]). hr = 0x80070001, Incorrect function.
    I noticed an older error in the System log, event ID 4:
    File System Filter 'wcifs' (Version 10.0, ‎2016‎-‎09‎-‎15T16:42:03.000000000Z) failed to attach to volume '\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy2'. The filter returned a non-standard final status of 0xC000000D. This filter and/or its supporting applications should handle this condition. If this condition persists, contact the vendor.

    Any other thoughts?
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