How to delete VSS provider‏

May 20, 2011

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a.     Log to the server with local admin account.

b.     Backup the “System State” of the server.

c.     Run the command:

vssadmin list providers

d.     From step “C”, obtain the GUID ID of the VSS provider that need to be delete.

·         Note: Do not delete the key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Providers\{b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}  – that is used by Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy service.

e.     Backup the registry key:


f.      Delete the registry key:


g.     Reboot the server (recommanded) or use the following commands to restart the Shadow Copy service:

C:\>net stop vss & net start vss” and verify that the Shadow Copy services was started successfully.
The Volume Shadow Copy service is stopping.
The Volume Shadow Copy service was stopped successfully.

The Volume Shadow Copy service is starting.
The Volume Shadow Copy service was started successfully.


Note: Some VSS provider require a server reboot to be done, before it completely removed from the system. 


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