Windows Backup is a nice feature that allows users to back up important data on their computers with just a few simple steps. However, some people say that backups always fail when they are almost complete. In many cases, the Windows backup error page displays error 0x800700E1. What does this error mean? How do I solve the problem so that I can continue with the backup?

Here is the exact error message in Windows Backup: Troubleshooting Options.

If error 0x800700E1 does not complete, you should try the steps in the solutions below as soon as possible.

Run an antivirus scan

This error may be due to a virus attack on the hard drive that interfered with the backup process. The first workaround is to run a virus scan.

Use the Group Policy Editor to disable the Windows Defender

If you’re worried about editing the registry because it’s risky, forcibly disable the Windows Defender using gpedit.

Add the problem file to exclusions

It’s possible that Windows Defender deceptively adds the copied file to the threat list. So make sure it’s not malicious and add it as an exception.