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when i try to turn on system restore for my c drive i get 'could not apply the settings for the following reason the filename directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect 0x8007007b'
any ideas?
--windows 7 rc 7100 x64

I have a Lenovo x86 duo core machine with an OEM disk that has a small partition that contains XP Pro installation software. The disk also contains dual boot XP Pro and Win 7 installations. When I run backup under Win 7 and only select "include system image of drives (H, (C" and nothing else it works fines. If I either deselect "include system image of drives (H, (C" and select some files/folders to backup or leave "include system image of drives (H, (C" selected and also select some files/folders the backup fails with error code 0x8007007B.

Does anyone know why this problem occurs? Does it have to do with the OEM disk?

Describes that you receive a "Stop error 8007232b (Error 0x2b)" or or "Stop error 8007007B (Error 0x7B)" error message if you install Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 by using volume-licensed media, and the activation wizard cannot...


After reading the latest newsletter, I tried using Restore Previous Version. There were no previous versions installed and the "Restore System settings and previous versions" box was grayed out. I clicked on the restore previous versions box and then got the error message "The file name, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0X8007007B) Please close the property page and try again."

This made me think of my difficulty in installing the latest Windows 7 update, in which I got a similar error message.

Any ideas on what might be wrong?


This is a long message, beware.

I recently installed build 7000 on my machine, but I've been having trouble with the built-in backup software.

The short version of the issue is that backups of C: no longer work.

The long version:

Windows successfully creates a shadow copy, but then fails at 6% with the error message "Backup failed. Windows Backup had to skip all drives included in backup. Make sure that the drives are plugged in and working correctly. (0x810000FF)." Yes, the drives are plugged in and working correctly.

In Event Viewer, there is a somewhat more useful error message: "Drive C: was not backed up. The error is: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0x8007007B)."

I have my backup configured to backup the entire C: drive only. If I configure it to backup D: and not C:, and make no other configuration changes, it works. However, when I switch it back to C:, it doesn't. I think there is either some corruption or confusion within my system. I've tried deleting the directory from the backup location, so it has no knowledge of having ever done another backup.

After initially installing, I used gparted under Ubuntu to resize the primary C: partiiton and increase its size. Part of this resize involved moving the partition "left" on the disk, which caused my system to be unable to boot. However, I used the repair feature on the DVD to get it to boot again. The system ran a chkdsk as well and fixed some things. But a chkdsk now comes back clean.

I think somewhere in the Windows Backup configuration or in the partition table somewhere, it's looking at the old start location for the partition and getting confused. But it should be able to be fixed because everything else works fine.

So, if you've read this far, here's my two questions:

1) Does anyone know where Windows Backup stores it configuration so I can let it clear it out and restart?
2) Perhaps more importantly, does anyone know how to get Windows Backup to increase its logging or somehow give me more details about what it's doing when it fails at 6%?


It all started when I was using Revo/Uninstall to uninstall Office 2010 from my hard drive. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium. I have installed a licensed copy of Office 2007 (Student Edition), which was working just fine.

Revo identified 2 registry entries that I believed applied to 2010 that could be deleted as part of the uninstall procedure. I told it to delete the entries and then, having second thoughts, I canceled the uninstall. I saw, however, that the icon for Office 2010 had disappeared from my list of "All Programs" (although certain related Windows 2010 icons still remain.)

I attempted an "System Restore" only to find that the "System Restore" function for each of my hard drive partitions was set to "off." When I tried to turn them on, I got the following messsages:

"Could not apply the settings for the following reason:
"The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0x8007007B)"

Followed by:

"There was an unexpected error in the property page:

"The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0x8007007B)

"Please close the property page and try again."

I read in some of these forums that third-party uninstallers may screw up the System Restore function. Apparently Revo is one of these.

Moreover, when I now try to use work on my Excel and Word files in Office 2007, the OS wants to "Configure" those programs for me, including (but not mandating) that I enter my Product Key number for Office 2007. I can do this, but I'm already using my max 3-licenses.

So at this point I have a System Restore function that does not work, a still-installed version of Office 2010 that I want to uninstall but can't (as it no longer shows up in the list of programs eligible to be uninstalled, presumably because of the registry deletions), and a valid copy of Office 2007 that wants to "Configure" every time I use it (does this mean it thinks I'm operating under a time-limited trial period?).

My questions, then, are:

1) In what order should I try to fix these problems?

2) What do I need to do to get my System Restore fully functional again? (Many solutions on these boards involved doing something with Norton -- I've previously uninstalled Norton, so that option isn't available to me.)

3) Will restoring the 2 deleted registry entries (whatever they may have been -- I could use advice on that as well) a) bring back the OS's recognition of the still-installed Office 2010 program, so that I can uninstall it and get it completely off my hard drive; and b) re-recognize that my Office 2007 is as configured and properly registered as I need it to be?

4) Or is there some other approach entirely that I need to take?

Sorry for the excessive length of this post. I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

While looking at the system on a friends new computer (Windows 7) I noticed that the Restore function is turned off.
Trying to turn it 'On' via the Control Panel results in a message box as follows.

There is an unexpected error in the property page:
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is correct.
Please close the property page and try again.

Why is it so?
Any help appreciated thanks,