Volume Shadow Copy

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default 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.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Manual
Windows 8 x64 Manual
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): VSS
Display Name: Volume Shadow Copy

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default 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.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Home Basic Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Home Premium Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Professional Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Ultimate Manual (Started) Manual
Windows 7 Enterprise Manual (Started) Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): VSS
Display Name: Volume Shadow Copy

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Volume Shadow Copy needs to function properly:

What other service require Volume Shadow Copy to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default 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.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Manual Manual Manual (Started)
Vista Home Premium Manual Manual Manual (Started)
Vista Business Manual Manual Manual (Started)
Vista Ultimate Manual Manual Manual (Started)
Vista Enterprise Manual Manual Manual (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): VSS
Display Name: Volume Shadow Copy

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Volume Shadow Copy needs to function properly:

What other service require Volume Shadow Copy to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default 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.

Additional Information

Used in conjunction with the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service. Microsoft Backup also uses these services. You will receive, in the Event Log, an entry complaining about not having this service running if disabled. I have yet to find a side effect, though. If you do not like the errors, place it in Manual. By keeping it out of Automatic, you will save about 3.0 MB of memory.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): VSS
Display Name: Volume Shadow Copy

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\vssvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Volume Shadow Copy needs to function properly:

What other service require Volume Shadow Copy to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default 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.

Additional Information

Used in conjunction with the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service. Microsoft Backup also uses these services. You will receive, in the Event Log, an entry complaining about not having this service running if disabled. I have yet to find a side effect, though. If you do not like the errors, place it in Manual. By keeping it out of Automatic, you will save about 3.0 MB of memory.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Manual Manual
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Manual Manual
XP Pro ? ? Manual Manual
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): VSS
Display Name: Volume Shadow Copy

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\vssvc.exe

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Volume Shadow Copy needs to function properly:

What other service require Volume Shadow Copy to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.