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How to Start/Stop Volume Shadow Copy service

Service name: VSS

Display name: Volume Shadow Copy


Description:

Manages and implements Volume Shadow Copies used for backup and other purposes. If this service is stopped, shadow copies will
be unavailable for backup and the backup may fail. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.


Path to executable:

C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop Volume Shadow Copy 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 Volume Shadow Copy service:

net start VSS


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


To Stop Volume Shadow Copy service:

net stop VSS


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

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

Manual:

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

Disabled:

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

Automatic (Delayed Start):

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

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