Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works well with Windows 10 (beta) already, here's how

Posted by Paul Braren on Apr 16 2015 (updated on Jun 26 2016) in
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  • I actually enjoy playing around with beta code, because I like getting a peek at where things are headed. I also enjoy hitting the ground running, when the final product finally arrives. For over a decade now, in my home the family's PCs tend to be at the very latest OS level, usually a month or two before generally available.


    So it's fun for me to share with you the secret sauce I used to "convince" Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE into letting me use it with Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview Build 10041. Once I made the right installation tweaks, everything just worked flawlessly and quickly, even on a modest 8-year-old T61 laptop with a SATA2 SSD.


    Yes, Windows 10 is currently beta. Yes, this "hack" is not a permanent solution for anything you'd use for stuff that really matters to you. It's mostly just horsing around, which for me also means learning the product inside out. I knew this could work, because it already worked on earlier beta versions of Endpoint, as I demonstrated here. So then it just became a matter of how to make it work, despite the apparent installer show-stopper.


    Running Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE with any Windows 10 beta is NOT supported by Veeam

    Do not open a service ticket from within the friendly Endpoint UI if you're running this on Windows 10.


    • A functioning system (physical or virtual) with Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview Build 10041 installed.



    1. Install 7-Zip (Default choices)
    2. Right-click on, choose Extract All..., click Extract
    3. Right-click on VeeamEndpointBackup_1.0.0.1954.exe then select 7-Zip >, Extract to VeeamEndpointBackup_1.0.0.1954\
    4. navigate to \VeeamEndpointBackup_1.0.0.1954\EndPoint\Redistr\x64
    5. install these 3 files in this order, oldest first
      (these are the database run-times Endpoint requires)
    6. navigate to \VeeamEndpointBackup_1.0.0.1954\EndPoint\EndPoint\
    7. double-click on Veeam_B&R_Endpoint_x64.msi to launch the installer
      it fails due to local admin error, close the error, close the Veeam failure message
    8. right-click on Veeam_B&R_Endpoint_x64.msi
    9. choose "Troubleshoot compatibility", click the Test the program... button
      it fails again, due to local admin error, close the error, close the Veeam failure message, click Next, and choose Yes, save these settings for this program then close the troubleshooter
    10. double-click on Veeam_B&R_Endpoint_x64.msi to launch the installer
      it fails due to local admin error, close the error, close the Veeam failure message
    11. a pop-up shows up, with the Troubleshooter offering help again, select No, launch the troubleshooter so it tries again
    12. click the Test the program... button, this time, the installer runs fine, proceed with a normal install, click OK when it's done
    13. you can now close the Troubleshooter window (Red X at top right corner)

    Below, you'll find a detailed walk-through video that demonstrates every step of how I did this, followed by some fairly extensive tests to verify functionality.


    AUG 03 2015 Update

    New VEB 1.1 version coming very soon with full Win 10 support, according to @gostev 's latest newsletter, meanwhile proper tweak for upgraders to Win 10 at

    See also at TinkerTry

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