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

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Type services.msc and press Enter

Services.msc:

This method shows you how to start / Stop Volume Shadow Copy from Services.msc.

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files for more information about the change from Start to Pearl button.

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Locate Volume Shadow Copy observe his current status and open to make changes.

From General tab you can Start/Stop and change the Volume Shadow Copy.

To finish press ok button and close Services window.

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Type regedit and press Enter.

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Please confirm User Account Control pop-up.

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Please navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\VSS and locate Start registry key.

Regedit:

This method shows you how to change Start-up type of Volume Shadow Copy from Registry Editor.
Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files for more information about the change from Start to Pearl button.

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

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Please confirm User Account Control pop-up.

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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:

net start VSS

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

To Stop Volume Shadow Copy:

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

CMD:

This method shows you how to Start/Stop and change Volume Shadow Copy from Command Prompt.

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files for more information about the change from Start to Pearl button.

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Msconfig:

This method shows you how to prevent Volume Shadow Copy from starting with the operating system using System Configuration (msconfig.exe).

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Pearl button (Start) and click on the Search programs and files.

For more information about the change from Start to Pearl button.

Write msconfig and press Enter.

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Double click on Start and edit the value:

Change Startup type :

Automatic – 2
Manual – 3
Disabled – 4
Automatic (Delayed Start) – 2

Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.
When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

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In System Configuration please go to Services tab and locate Volume Shadow Copy.
Uncheck the box to prevent this service to start and then press OK to finish.

Any change make in System Configuration will be apply after restart.

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Guide written by Chamara Bastian.

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