On a Windows 8.1 laptop I've started getting (about once per week) clusters of 6-12 NTFS Error 134: "The transaction resource manager on volume C: encountered an error during recovery. The resource manager will continue recovery." It does not happen only when restarting, and seems unconnected to any particular activity. The computer functions normally, with no other signs of trouble.

Here's what I've tried:

  • Chkdsk /r (no errors)
  • sfc /scannow (no errors)
  • fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\
  • There are no files in the %Windir%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine folder (checked for hidden files too)
  • There is plenty of hard drive space.
  • I ran a third party hard drive checker (HD Tune Pro) that found no errors.

One question regarding the phrase "encountered an error during recovery." Recovery from what? The computer wasn't restarting, or doing anything that I could see.

The steps above came from several sources, some of which were directly relevant to the NTFS 134 error, others which were relevant to Transaction Resource Manager errors:



  • Did you ever get to the bottom of this issue? I have just begun to see it on a Windows 8.1 system as well. I see 8 of the warnings a minute and 43 seconds into my nightly Windows System Image backup. – NoelC Jul 31 '18 at 8:56
  • Kind of. I went to clone the hard drive. In preparation for that I turned off hibernation, virtual memory & system restore. I ran disk cleanup (including windows update files) and chkdsk /r. I ran out of time so I turned everything back on and returned the machine. I had no errors for 2 months after all that, and then they started up again with less frequency. Until the errors started again, I thought that maybe it had been a file system error in one of those file spaces (restore points, hibernation file or swap file). Once they reappeared I replaced the drive and installed Windows 10. – MarkCarr Aug 1 '18 at 17:29

Thanks for the additional info. Turns out I cleared up the condition on my setup by deleting several apparently left-over files in this folder:


Afterward I rebooted and for two days I've not seen another occurrence. See also this thread:

Series of 8 Ntfs type 134 Warnings in System Event Logs

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