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Backup Catastrophic Failure 0x8000ffff – Here’s how to fix it

Ugra Narayan Pandey | Modified: 2021-11-17T12:39:50+00:00| Error | 3 Minutes Reading

When user wants to repair all major and minor issues of their system they execute System Restore tool to repair them. System restore is a utility that comes as standard with Windows OS.
At time, when user is performing system backup restoration operation in Windows OS 7 to resolve system’s issues encounters backup catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff error.
These errors not allows system to proceed further to complete system restoration process, in such situation user can not access their system, stored data & programs.
User generally gets catastrophic Failure Error 0x8000ffff when they are trying to restore their system to bring back every in it’s normal state by resolving all the faults and major issues.

The moment system comes to a point, when it is unable to perform system restoration then user will get the below mentioned errors:

“0x8000FFFF system restore windows 7”

“The restore point could not be created for the following reason: Catastrophic Failure 0x8000FFFF”

“Unable to locate component”

In this article we will discuss the problem of getting backup catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff error in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, it’s reason and resolutions.

While performing system restoration, user gets aforementioned error which results abnormal boot and user can not access their system and it’s data.

Causes Of Getting backup files catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff

  • Corrupt or malfunctioned system application that are badly affecting the files needed by System restore.
  • Deletion and corruption of System Restore files
  • If virus infected the files required by System Restore
  • If Volume Shadow Copy Service is not working or disabled, as System Restore needs this file during it’s processing.

How to Fix Backup failed catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff

Enable Volume Shadow Copy Service

If VSS is not enabled in the system while restoration, it will show error. Therefore it important to check whether VSS is enabled. To run VSS, user can follow the following steps:

  • Boot the system with full administrative rights
  • Now click on Start button and type Service.msc and press Enter
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  • After clicking Enter, it will show a window, double click on Volume Shadow Copy
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  • This will opens a Volume Shadow Copy Properties window, here in General Tab, choose Automatic in Startup type.
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Run System Restore Tool as Administrator

  • Backup catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff sometimes occur due to the right issue, one should must ensure that they have booted their system with administrative rights.

For doing this user needs to click on Start button> type System Restore> right click on System Restore and click on Run as administrator


Run Check Disk

User can fix catastrophic failure by running chkdsk to check the file system errors. To run chkdsk one should boot their system with administrative rights.

  • Go to Start button> type cmd > and press Enter
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  • Now command prompt will appear on the screen type chkdsk/f/r and press Enter.
  • User will get the notification
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  • Type Y and press Enter
Other Tips To Rectify Backup Error 0x8000ffff
  • Run HotFix package specially designed for the same error.
  • Run built-in System File Checker tool that will scan the system file.
  • Run virus scan to handle malicious programs
  • Run Windows Backup BKF Recovery Tool to repair corruption in backup file which in turn resolve backup catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff error.

User get error 0x8000ffff while performing System Restore for resolving minor and major issues of their system due to number of causes. user can opt given methods to resolve this issue.