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How to Start/Stop Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service

Service name: swprv

Display name: Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider


Description:

Manages software-based volume shadow copies taken by the Volume Shadow Copy service. If this service is stopped, software-based

volume shadow copies cannot be managed. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.


Path to executable:

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k swprv

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service from Command Prompt

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Search programs and files

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter


To Start Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service:

net start swprv


Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.


To Stop Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service:

net stop swprv


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swprv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

Manual:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swprv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

Disabled:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swprv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swprv" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f


Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swprv" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\swprv" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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