Windows Backup or System Restore failed, Errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, 0x80070003

Windows has an inbuilt Backup and Restore system. If the Windows Backup or Restore fails with errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, 0x80070003, then this guide will help you resolve the issue. It is also possible that you may be unable to browse to the files and folders that you want to restore in the File Restore Wizard.

Reasons for Windows Backup & Restore Errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, 0x80070003

  1. 0x80070001: This occurs either when you try to back up a specific library or when you accept the default settings in Windows Backup and Restore.
  2. 0x81000037: Backup fails while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up.
  3. 0x80070003: When you try to restore files or folders in a library by using Windows Backup and Restore.
  4. You cannot use the Browse for files or the Browse for folders functionality.

Windows Backup or System Restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, 0x80070003

Error code 0x80070001, 0x81000037 occurs during backup, while Error code 0x80070003 and “Browse for Files” issue occur while restoring the files.

Windows Backup errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037

The core reason, from whatever we have shared above, is when there is a volume that uses a FAT file system (0x80070001) and when a volume contains compressed files (0x81000037). The solution to fix both of these is the same, i.e., we will have to remove “reparse point” aka SYMBOLIC LINK and choose the absolute path of this location in the Windows Backup configuration user interface.

Open a command prompt, and type the following and then press Enter


It will display the JUNCTION list.Junction List in Backup Files

To delete mounted volume reparse point:

  • Locate the reparse point you found, right-click the reparse point icon and click Properties.
  • In the General tab, confirm the folder Type is Mounted Volume and then delete this folder.

0x80070001, 0x81000037, 0x80070003

System Restore Error 0x81000037

When a backed up directory is deleted, and you try to restore, it fails with Error code 0x81000037. This can also happen when you select to restore the files to their original subfolders check box in the File Restore Wizard, and you try to restore files or folders to an alternative location. This is how the error will look like:

Missing File Directory during Restore

The only way to fix this is to re-create the missing directory:

  • Make a note of the path for which the error occurs.
  • Create the corresponding folder.
  • Perform the restore operation again.

Since you may have subfolders in the deleted folder, click to clear the Restore the files to their original subfolders checkbox when you run the File Restore Wizard.

Cannot use the Browse for files or the Browse for folders functionality

There is no proper fix, but if you remember the name of the files, you can search for them. When using the File Restore functionality, click on the Search button, and then type the file name. When the file appears, select, and click on to restore.

Source: Microsoft.

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