When trying to configure a cloud backup of the System State on a Hyper-V VM of Server 2008 R2 sp1 I get the following error; VSS writer "System Writer" is missing. Please ensure that "Cryptographic Services" service has enough rights." I have checked the Cryptographic Service permissions. It appears to be identical to another VM on the same host which is working correctly. I attempted to check for System Writer by opening an elevated command prompt and running vssadmin list writers. the command fails to run with the following error "This program is blocked by group policy. For more information, contact your system administrator." Next I ran "gpresult /h result.html" from the same administrator command prompt. The results don't make sense to me. I'm hoping someone can help me interpret the results (attached) or point me in a different direction if I'm off in the weeds. This backup was working then began failing a few days ago. I tried to reconfigure the backup as a troubleshooting step but now it generates the error that System Writer is missing as described above. The only change made to the server recently is MS updates applied.