Windows 7 Backup encountered a problem

I just recently started to backup my Windows 7 machine using the buildin backup capabilities of Windows 7.

However this doesn’t work as expected. Event though everything seemed to be backed up, I still got an error that a file was skipped during back.

Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Podcasts. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

This is strange. The file does not exists, but why does Windows want to backup that file if it doesn’t exist? There are just some mysteries still to be solved.

However, there seems to be a KB article for this problem. I suppose the problem has something to do with me uninstalling Zune from my system, which most likely created a podcasts folder for me (which I didn’t want in the first place).

So I searched in my profile and found a podcasts folder which I removed.

Presentation Font Cache is running wild

I just noticed, that my current workstation is actually working. Not that I would not appreciate the effort – but actually this is more than I expected.

So I have a Core2Duo running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, and usually my CPU should be on an average of 10%. But recently this is up to 50%, one core is always running under full steam.

OK, so taking a look at the process explorer show, that the PresentationFontCache is actually causing all this. But why?

So someone on the MSDN Forums provided some help. First thing I noticed: I can’t stop the service, since it’s currently in startup-mode. And the service is also already set to manually startup.

Because I’m not an admin on my machine, I can’t just go to process-explorer and kill the task. Linux has this neet kill command, which Windows is missing.

OK, so I downloaded PsKill to do the job – but just to figure out, that a new process for the presentation-font-cache is spawning up. Oh-oh!

But I could delete the files, just as the forum-post suggested and this would actually stop the presentation-font-cache from restarting after another round of PsKill.