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File History Warning Event ID 204

  1. #1


    West Sussex, UK
    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit w/Media Center

    File History Warning Event ID 204


    My 12 month old Win 8 64 bit self-build pc has been very stable and as yet, no BSODs.

    I want to update /upgrade to Win 8.1 (I have also acquired the ISO) and have managed to execute a File History to my Samsung USB3 1TB ext HDD as a safeguard in preparation. I would prefer to update via the Store to avoid having to reinstall all my programmes

    However the File History event log is indicating yellow warning signs and Code 204 errors. Detail states: "Unusual condition was encountered during finalisation of back up cycle for configuration". I am concerned therefore that this might prevent me properly doing a File History recovery should I need to. Researching elsewhere indicates that 204 errors result from corrupted system files.

    I have checked the Ext HDD which has the File History folder (12.5 GB) and all my files seem to have been copied OK.

    I have some screen shots of the Event log, which I can post if needed but would appreciate any suggestions for rectifying my 204 error situation. I'm a bit wary of using some of the 3rd party 'fixes' on offer.

    Thanks in advance
    Pedro

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Do you mean file history or creating a system image from the file history screen?

    If you are trying to make a system image before upgrading then you could use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download to make the system image.

    In either case you should definitely consider making a full system image before upgrading in case something goes wrong.
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  3. #3


    West Sussex, UK
    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit w/Media Center


    Thx for suggestion, but unless I can resolve the 204 error first, it will be perpetuated in any system image I might create.
    Pedro
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    It might be perpetrated, yes. On the other hand upgrade is pretty much a clean install in terms of the OS - the windows directory is archived and replaced with new (but you do keep all your programs etc). The problem therefore may well resolve itself.

    I can't help with the error - perhaps someone else can - except you could try the steps here What if something goes wrong in File History? - Microsoft Windows Help
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  5. #5


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    One thing to also note, File History has an odd habit of NOT copying (because it doesn't actually 'backup' just copies; no compression) all of the files it's suppose to.

    My ~330GB of Music only has ~280GB in the File History under the 'driver letter folder'. The rest may be in the '$OF' folder, but I can't tell because all the files were renamed to something similar to: 4593 (2013_11_09 21_33_36 UTC).mp3 (file types are respected, just the file name is changed).

    You're best bet is to get a 3rd party backup software, like Arconis True Image Home.

    Also, you might want to invest in getting a 'media drive' and tell Windows to change the location of: Documents, Pictures, Music, Downloads, Desktop, and Videos to it.
    *Remember to re-locate these folders if you do upgrade as Windows will set the folder locations back to their default locations/paths. --You won't lose any data, but you want be saving to the same location as you think you are.
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  6. #6


    West Sussex, UK
    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit w/Media Center


    Many thx illutian and adamf

    I created a system image successfully and then took the plunge and have updated to 8.1 Pro with Media Center via the Store. It took quite a while but so far so good and my applications and files are fully accessible.
    I'll let it settle down for a day and then create a Recovery disk and a system image. Next on the list for updating is my wife's laptop........
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