I never get to the backup panel
the WE is a normal WE window - can't remember which folder it is in.
the FIRST thing it should do (I think) is to display the "Windows Backup is starting" popup - does not do that
never gets to the point of looking for a backup location - plenty of HDD space.
did not chk the event viewer
windows essentials and a trial McAfee thing
not sure if I ran SFC but I think I did.
Is it possible that your system (no system specs so we don't know what system you are currently having problems with) has some installed software (Acer->eRecovery) that has displaced the Windows 7 Backup software and causing this issue?