System Restore tool does not work in Windows RE on a Windows 7-based computer

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You create a system restore point on a Windows 7-based computer.
  • You install the update that is described in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 2572077, and then you install the update that is described in KB article 2446710 or 2518869.
  • You start the computer by using Windows 7 Installation media, or you start the computer in Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
  • You try to restore the system to the system restore point that you created.
In this scenario, the System Restore tool fails. Additionally, you receive error code E_UNEXPECTED (0x8000FFFF).

RESOLUTION

To avoid this problem, install the hotfix that is described in this Microsoft KB article on the Windows Imaging Format (WIM) file in your Windows RE environment. To do this, follow these steps.

Note If your environment is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product, contact the OEM vendor for more information.
  1. Install Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 (AIK) on the computer. To download Windows AIK, go to the following Microsoft website:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5753
  2. Follow these steps to create the Windows RE image (Winre.wim):
    1. Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows AIK.
    2. Right-click Deployment Tools Command Prompt, and then select Run as administrator.
    3. Copy the Install.wim file from a Windows 7 installation media to a folder. To do this, run the following commands:
      md C:\OS_Image
      md C:\OS_Image\mount
      copy D:\sources\install.wim C:\OS_Image
    4. Mount the Install.wim file by using the ImageX tool. To do this, run the following command:
      ImageX /mountrw C:\OS_Image\install.wim 1 C:\OS_Image\mount
    5. Copy the Windows RE image (Winre.wim) from the mounted Windows 7 image to a folder. To do this, run the following commands:
      md C:\winre
      md C:\winre\mount
      copy C:\OS_image\mount\windows\system32\recovery\winre.wim C:\winre\
    6. Unmount the mounted Windows 7 image after you copy the Windows RE image (Winre.wim). To do this, run the following command:
      ImageX /unmount  C:\OS_Image\mount
  3. Follow these steps to install the hotfix on the Windows RE image (Winre.wim):
    1. Mount the Winre.wim file that you created in step 2. To do this, run the following command:
      ImageX /mountrw C:\winre\winre.wim 1 C:\winre\mount
    2. Install the hotfix on the mounted Windows RE image. To do this, run the following command:
      Dism /image:C:\winre\mount /Add-Package:c:\TEMP\Windows6.1-KB2709289-x64.msu
    3. Confirm whether the hotfix is installed successfully. To do this, run the following command:
      Dism /image:C:\winre\mount /Get-Packages
    4. Commit the changes to the Winre.wim file. To do this, run the following command:
      ImageX.exe /unmount /commit C:\winre\mount
  4. Follow these steps to make a customized Windows RE media by using the Winre.wim file:
    1. Create a file to make a Windows RE image. To do this, run the following command:
      copype.cmd amd64 C:\WinREx64
    2. Copy the Winre.wim file to the ISO\sources folder, and then rename the file as Boot.wim. To do this, run the following command:
      copy C:\winre\winre.wim C:\WinREx64\ISO\sources\boot.wim
    3. Deploy the customized Windows RE image to any media.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 7 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 file information note
Important Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 updates are included in the same packages.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
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    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.1.760 0 . 16xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMGDR
    6.1.760 0 . 20xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMLDR
    6.1.760 1 . 17xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1GDR
    6.1.760 1 . 21xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1LDR
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 7" section. MANIFEST files and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Rstrui.exe6.1.7600.16385262,65614-Jul-200901:14
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.1638543,00814-Jul-200901:16
Srcore.dll6.1.7600.17018400,89605-May-201207:44
Rstrui.exe6.1.7600.21208262,65605-May-201207:37
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.2120843,00805-May-201207:41
Srcore.dll6.1.7600.21208400,89605-May-201207:41
Rstrui.exe6.1.7601.17514262,65620-Nov-201012:17
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.1638543,00814-Jul-200901:16
Srcore.dll6.1.7601.17836400,89605-May-201207:46
Rstrui.exe6.1.7601.21988262,65605-May-201207:29
Srclient.dll6.1.7601.2198843,00805-May-201207:33
Srcore.dll6.1.7601.21988400,89605-May-201207:33
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Rstrui.exe6.1.7600.16385296,96014-Jul-200901:39x64
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.1638550,17614-Jul-200901:41x64
Srcore.dll6.1.7600.17018503,80805-May-201208:30x64
Rstrui.exe6.1.7600.21208296,96005-May-201208:30x64
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.2120850,17605-May-201208:38x64
Srcore.dll6.1.7600.21208503,80805-May-201208:38x64
Rstrui.exe6.1.7601.17514296,96020-Nov-201013:25x64
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.1638550,17614-Jul-200901:41x64
Srcore.dll6.1.7601.17836503,80805-May-201208:36x64
Rstrui.exe6.1.7601.21988296,96005-May-201208:17x64
Srclient.dll6.1.7601.2198850,17605-May-201208:18x64
Srcore.dll6.1.7601.21988503,80805-May-201208:18x64
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.1701843,00805-May-201207:44x86
Srclient.dll6.1.7600.2120843,00805-May-201207:41x86
Srclient.dll6.1.7601.1783643,00805-May-201207:46x86
Srclient.dll6.1.7601.2198843,00805-May-201207:33x86

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
For more information about Windows Recovery Environment, go to the following Microsoft website:
General information about Windows Recovery Environment
For more information about how to create a bootable Windows PE RAM disk on a hard disk, go to the following Microsoft website:
Walkthrough: create a bootable Windows PE RAM disk on a hard disk
For more information about how to create a bootable Windows PE RAM disk on CD-ROM, go to the following Microsoft website:
Walkthrough: create a bootable Windows PE RAM disk on CD-ROM
For more information about how to create a bootable Windows PE RAM disk on a USB flash disk, go to the following Microsoft website:
Walkthrough: create a bootable Windows PE RAM disk on a USB flash disk

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameX86_145aba7854d346a757b8b276f031d2b6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21988_none_d2f382255e17d7c4.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameX86_147576f2156b2afaf24a538fecea4794_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17018_none_93cae0fc53b520a1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameX86_167b96d116c1abb422777218e41ce908_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17836_none_e31d1c5084d50bd2.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameX86_186ae7f92eca2d4a5252e8af286fa888_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21208_none_a404be053da45f66.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17018_none_4704b9e314573e34.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size16,366
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:26
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21208_none_479928802d6cbf34.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,778
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)08:51
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17836_none_48d3a041118f7939.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size16,366
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:26
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21988_none_49292e042ad3d766.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,778
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)08:29
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameAmd64_06927a3d3c7a71281253e0bf355f29a4_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21208_none_ef97264f8e05ff05.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_0d14d0c5e125b22acfb2273fa8b123d6_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17018_none_3d65cccb98559055.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_3cc3288a190e4bf1742438404f5d94f9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21988_none_8712ad03d1c04f90.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_83e2e530079c6d8baf85a722334dcabb_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17018_none_cf1dae098cf35b7a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,062
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_917ac7920d9e40c327490b15b912f6fa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17836_none_f83f629456ba94a7.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,062
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_b5d6d114a61778df97ecc10bfb643a76_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21988_none_1b07019d348407a0.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,062
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_e4b6cc2a1389919e7c95b3eab1553736_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17836_none_7fa9b2da758f9373.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_eced9f91fe0810cb740304f34dfda088_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21208_none_d8e6edc92d5d401d.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,062
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:07
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17018_none_a3235566ccb4af6a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size16,370
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:08
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21208_none_a3b7c403e5ca306a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,782
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)09:40
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17836_none_a4f23bc4c9ecea6f.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size16,370
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)17:08
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21988_none_a547c987e331489c.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,782
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)09:25
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.17018_none_ad77ffb901157165.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size12,986
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)08:16
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21208_none_ae0c6e561a2af265.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size12,986
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)08:14
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.17836_none_af46e616fe4dac6a.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size12,986
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)08:25
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-systemrestore-main_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21988_none_af9c73da17920a97.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size12,986
Date (UTC)05-May-2012
Time (UTC)07:55

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Article ID: 2709289 - Last Review: June 13, 2012 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
Keywords: 
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