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In Windows XP, failed backups were logged in a way that I could view the event using the Event Viewer.

Is there a similar feature in Windows 7?

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Windows Backup and Restore is troublesome. I suggest using instead a 3rd-party product. –  harrymc Apr 10 '11 at 8:27
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Yes, they are, in the Event Viewer. Look under Windows Logs > Application in the Event Viewer for events from Windows Backup and Restore. A failed backup will generally appear as an "Error" entry from "Windows Backup" source, and an event ID of 4106.

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