Installing NTBackup on Windows 7 / 2008 R2

NTBackup is no longer available on Windows 7 (Or Vista), and the new "Backup and Restore" system cannot restore old BFK file created by NTBackup.

Microsoft have now released Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 / 2008 R2, that allows one to restore BFK backup files created with Windows XP NTBackup. More Info MS KB974674.

There is also an official Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility for Windows Vista / 2008.

Installing NTBackup on Windows 7 / 2008 R2
If wanting the original NTBackup on Win7 / Win2k8 R2 then it can be done by creating a new folder on Windows 7 ex. C:\Program Files\NTBackup and copy the following files from Windows XP to the folder (or extract them from the install file
  • C:Windows\System32\Ntbackup.exe
  • C:Windows\System32\Ntmsapi.dll
  • C:Windows\System32\Vssapi.dll
  • C:Windows\Help\Ntbackup.chm
  • C:Windows\Help\Ntbackup.hlp
Note when starting NTBackup then it will complain about "Removable Storage" not running, and this warning can be safely be ignored:

The Backup Utility cannot connect to the Removable Storage service. This service is required for use of tape drives and other backup devices.

Please exit and start the Removable Storage service using the System Services function of the management console.


Updated: 1 February 2010


  1. Jack says:

    BTW, have you tried using NTBackup with "Disable volume shadow copy" unchecked. If not try it.

  2. Brian says:

    Brilliant thanks! I found that there is also a 64 bit version with XP-64.

  3. Valeu pela dica. Não custava nada a Microsoft manter a versão anterior do NTBackup no W7/W2008. Abraços.

  4. Thanks for the tip. Microsoft did not cost anything to keep the earlier version of NTBackup in W7/W2008.

  5. Dennys says:

    I get an error when trying to make a catastrophic error back to their past?

  6. Jayr Magave says:

    Thanks for this post it saved me some headache.

  7. Ganesan says:

    Thanks buddy, very usefull info

    Ganesan K

  8. Kevin T says:

    Genius! Thank you for your post. However, one step further using these files in Windows 7, how do we set Task Scheduler?
    1. I ran ntbackup.exe, scheduled a task for daily backup but the task will not show in Windows7 Task Scheduler. In Windows XP, the ask shows in the Task list.
    2. After I created the Task and hit Finish (ntbackup), where is the task file/script located? This is to import script in Create a New Task in Windows 7 Task Scheduler.
    Thank you so much for your post.

  9. vikram says:

    Thanks u r realy very Genius.
    Realy thanks

  10. ya says:

    Archiving to tape maybe?

  11. Iqbal Shaikh says:

    I am able to run ntbackup on windows 2008 server but i am getting the message "The backup utility cannot connect to the Removable Storage service" though i have started the service from services.msc. i am not able to take the backup on my tape drives.

    Pl help and advice.


  12. Thank you so much its really work .... Thank u once again genius

  13. Ronneby says:

    Works with Windows 10 too!
    Just tried it. I've always liked NTBackup. It's one of the few that will let be backup from a network location to an external drive. Although I may switch to SyncBackFree. That looks promising.

  14. Viz says:

    many thanks for Author! it is really what i need

  15. Nitin says:

    When I start backup it's showing only preparing to backup using shadow copy after some time it's get failed

    1. sayed says:

      i have the issue ,,, have you resolved your problem

  16. dilip says:


    I had a query like can we recover the data from external hard disk even after couple of formats?
    If yes, How?

  17. Robert Seb says:

    Thanks for this, can you schedule this backup task

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