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Windows 7 Create system image fails

Recently wiped my Alienware M11xR2, and after getting all the updated drivers and windows updates completed, wanted to make a system image snapshot before adding other applications...

Unfortunately when trying to "Create system Image" in "Backup and Restore" aka backup my computer, after making appropriate drive selection, and beginning the backup process, would generate error: Volume Shadow Copy Error 0x800423f4 writer error non-retryable. I found several links related, msot did not help, but here was what worked eventually....

You may try to check the VSSAdmin storage size and resize the storage and check if it helps.


1. Open a command prompt.

2. Type Vssadmin list shadowstorage

3. Take note of what the shadow storage allocation is on the drive you're having issues with.

4. Change the allocation by using the Vssadmin command, syntax: vssadmin resize shadowstorage /On=C: /For=C: /Maxsize=30G

5, Restart the computer after the command is complete and check if you can create a backup.


Since backup was reporting the image size would need about 37 GB, I used the following command and then rebooted:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /On=C: /For=C: /Maxsize=45G