Windows Backup does not perform an incremental backup of media files when the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is enabled in Windows 7

SYMPTOMS
When you back up media files by using Windows Backup on a computer that is running Windows 7, Windows Backup does not perform an incremental backup. Instead, Windows Backup performs a full backup.
CAUSE
This issue may occur if you have the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service enabled on the computer. The Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service indexes media files. By doing this, the service changes the metadata of the files for tracking purposes. When you back up your media files, Windows Backup detects that these files were changed and then performs a full backup of the media files.

Note To prevent this issue, do not save multimedia content to the Public folder (%SystemDrive%\Users\Public).
WORKAROUND
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Exclude the media files from being indexed (recommended)

To do this, move all the multimedia content from the Public folder (%SystemDrive%\Users\Public) to a specific user or to any other folder that can be shared.

For more information about how to share files and folders, visit the following Microsoft Web site:Method 2: Stop the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, type Services.msc in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.
  2. In the list of services, right-click Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, and then click Stop.
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Article ID: 981470 - Last Review: 08/16/2011 03:11:00 - Revision: 2.1

Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate

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