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Why does a document in Vista every once in a while become temporarily unavailable? That never happened in Windows Xp

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  • froastbyte May 11, 2010

    i never experienced that.. what are you trying to do with your dcuments..

  • Jim Kirk May 11, 2010

    What software are you using other than Vista? Microsoft Word? Excel? OpenOffice? What program was the document created in?


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Vista is a wonderful new OS that has volume shadow copying, what that does is it saves versioning information. IE: I create a new document and every day I go through and add to or edit the document, oh darn, on day 3 of that document I made a mistake and I need to go back to that version of the document. Thanks to volume shadow copying this is possible, unfortunately when the shadow is created is unknown so it is at this time that the documents would be made unavailable while they are being archived. It never happened in XP because XP didn't have this capability, but then again if you needed a version of a particular file, you were SOL weren't you?

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