Monday, February 22, 2010 8:06 AM
System state backup failed with the following error message:
"System writer is not found"
In addition, when you run the “Vssadmin list writers” command to display VSS writers on the system, the System Writer is missing.
The system writer fails due to the fact that the trusted installer & system accounts are missing permissions to files in the directory %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\.
To resolve this issue, please run the following commands from an administrative elevated Command Window:
Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\* /a
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "BUILTIN\Users:(RX)"
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:55 PM
I have an issue where I am missing the system writer on on my Win2k3 box. I ran the above commands and I get, "System cannot find the file path specified." i.e there is no filemaps folder.
Sunday, March 13, 2011 4:46 PM
Please try to run the following cmd's for windows 2003 server
net stop cryptsvc
net start cryptsvc
Please let us know if you face any issue. this will list System writer for a 2003 server
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:37 PM
Thanks! I had the same issue on a Win2k box and I fixed it using your suggestion.
One thing, after restarting the Cryptographic Services service I had to restart the Windows Management Instrumentation also as the WMI Writer was now missing :)
Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:25 PM
What can I do, if the folder %windir%\winsxs\filemaps is missing on my 2003 Server?
I have the exact problem described above, but browsing through the folder WinSxS, I cannot find the filemaps folder...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:51 PMI have the same issue, no filemaps folder. Does anyone have a solution for this?