I'm having a problem with the backup for Windows 7. I get an error message "The backup application could not start due to an internal error. Class not registered (0x80040154)"
I recently installed Windows 7 on a new hard drive, I'm backing up to a new external hard drive.(both 1TB) I didn't make rescue CD's when I installed it because I figured I had the installation CD. Now I wish I had because I would have caught the problem earlier. Now I have all kinds of updates on here. Some Microsoft, some programs and some driver updates. I don't really want to have to do a clean install if I don't have to to fix this. I have run sfc and there doesn't seem to be any system problems. I also ran a disk check on both hard drives, no problems. I don't know what "internal" error there would be. I ran Memtest on the Ram, not problems detected. I also used AIDA64Extreme to do a stress test on the hardware, software and system. All running well within parameters. I can't think of anything else to try. I did try to use some third party backup software (Acronis TI for WD and Macrium Reflect) I could not get a verifiable image from either. Something is wrong somewhere, just don't know where.
When I ran a search on the 0x80040154 it seems that code covers a plethora of stuff. It's hard to track something down when they throw a generic error code on it.
If anybody knows of a way to fix this (without doing a clean install) I'd appreciate some help.