SOLVED: iPersistfile Save Failed Code 0x8007002 the system cannot find the file specified

Windows 10 Backup File HistoryMicrosoft has stopped development on File History and Windows Backup.  Awesome services in Windows 7, like Shadow Copy which made “Previous Versions” of files available have been fully deprecated.  These services have been replaced with OneDrive functions. 

OneDrive provides point in time file restores and backup of most files on the Desktop, Documents and Photo’s folder.  However there are two problems that result from this situation:

  1. Not everyone has or uses OneDrive (we do and we love it, but other may prefer to use Google Drive or Drop Box or some other backup service)
  2. Some older software requires access to files that were part of those deprecated code

As you can see in the screen shot above, you can only use Windows Backup in Windows 10 to perform restores of files from Windows 7.

ipersistfile Save Failed Code 0x8007002 the system cannot find the file specified

Some articles say that running an SFC /SCANNOW or just clicking OK and ignoring the error will allow the installs to successfully complete, but that has not been our experience.

In our case, we were trying to clone disks but found all of the software choked on this iPersistFile::Save Failed; Code 0x8007002 .  We tried Macrium, Aomei, Easeus Backup and others to perform the clone but eventually gave up and just installed a fresh version of Windows 10 on a new drive.

To see a complete list of what has been removed or deprecated so far see:


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    bullshit December 11, 2019 at 2:45 pm


    apart from pointing to the wrong document that you clearly have not read properly. (there is no mention of file history OR windows image backup on that document)

    windows image backup is deprecated – there is NO mention of file history development being stopped (on ANY microsoft document).

    although not recommended, if you are not using file history, there is nothing stopping you using windows 7 backup and restore to backup.

    do some research before making uneducated claims.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews December 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Wow, that was harsh. Here are four items in response:

      1: the document has been updated and what I was referring to removed. This article is updated all the time as new features are removed so that is not a surprise
      You can now see
      2: Windows backup IS depricated in Win10
      3: There are usually ways around… almost everything, but NOT recommended is telling you it should not be done in anything other than emergency situations
      4: These are not claims, they are facts

      Have a nice day.

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    Anonymous September 16, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Thanks, useful information 🙂

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