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Windows 7 Ultimate - cannot turn on VSS Shadow Copy Service to save Previous Versions

Hi Experts,

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

I want to turn on VSS Shadow Copy Service - so that I can save Previous Versions.

Windows Help says:

Shadow Copies of Shared Folders. This feature is an extension to the Shared Folders Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.

To open Shadow Copies of Shared Folders, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management. In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, click All Tasks, and then click Configure Shadow Copies.

But when I right-click Shared Folders, the only menu items are View, Export List and Help.
I have also clicked my way all around the Actions section on the right hand side of the screen - still no sign of Configure Shadow Copies?


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Hi AtB,

Sorry, I not quite sure by what you meant by "See first replay"?

If you meant me to:

Create this registry parameter:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Parameters\ DisableDownLevelTimewarp

I created a new DWORD value = 1.

It did not fix the problem.


Hi AtB,

I navigated to the Control Panel | System | System Protection as described in the TechRepublic artice.
But the options that are there do not let me configure anything to do with VSS.

you mean the options are disabled ? (configure and create )
These 2 screendumps show what the options look like.

This is not the right part of the system to switch on VSS Shadow Copy Service to save Previous Versions.
I have done this for a Server 2008 system - it should be where Windows Help (see my original question) says it is.
See below: the screendump shows how you get to the VSS Shadow Copy Service configuration on a Server 2008 system.

The "All Tasks" part is not appearing on my Windows 7 system.
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