Is system restore not working in Windows 7 and showing an error related to Volume Shadow Copy Service component, here is the fix. System Restore is the crucial feature in Windows that lets you restore your system to an earlier time. Windows by default creates restore Point when you install programs or drivers, if something goes wrong, you’ve the option to restore the system to before state using System Restore. What if System Restore doesn’t opens? Shows an error, continue to read below.

Read: Create Restore Point Automatically By Launching  The Restore Point Creator

On our Windows 7 system, when we try to open System Restore from the Start Menu, we got the following error (check the screenshot below).

System Restore does not appear to be functioning correctly on this system.

A Volume Shadow Copy Service component encountered an unexpected error. Check the Application event log for more information.  (0* 80042303)”

System Restore error

Why you’re getting this error?

System Restore depends on the Volume Shadow Copy (VSC) service. If this service fails to start, then Windows System Restore simply won’t work. Because of this, Windows fails to rescan the drives to display information on “System Protection” tab by showing 0*81000202 error.

Revo Uninstaller also fails to create restore point when you try to uninstall programs because of  non-functioning of VSC service.

What’s the solution?

The solution is pretty simple, you need to make sure Volume Shadow Copy Service’s  startup type is set to automatic.

1 . For that, open Services console by typing “services.msc” in the Run command

2. Find Volume Shadow Copy service and double click on it to open its properties and choose “startup type” as “automatic”, click “ OK” to apply the changes.

Volume Shadow Copy Service

3. Now try to open System Restore, it opens without any problems or errors.

Note: In Windows 8, Volume Shadow Copy service has been replaced with the “File History” feature.

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