6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 2.64%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 7.42%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 53.83%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 24.83%
6.0.6002.18005 (lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830) 8.34%
6.0.6002.18005 (lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830) 1.84%
6.0.6001.18000 (longhorn_rtm.080118-1840) 0.06%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.55%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2108) 0.31%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2108) 0.06%
5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2108) 0.06%
5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) 0.06%



Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service by Microsoft

Remove vssvc.exe
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.


There are 12 versions of vssvc.exe in the wild, the latest version being 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247). It is started as a Windows Service called 'VSS'. In addition, it is run under the context of the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the administrator accounts have the same privileges). The average file size is about 876.13 KB. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is less than 0.01%, the average private memory consumption is about 5.73 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 10.27 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 11.44 KB per minute for reads and 13.61 KB per minute for writes.

What is vssvc.exe?

The Volume Shadow Copy Service provides the backup infrastructure for the Microsoft Windows, as well as a mechanism for creating consistent point-in-time copies of data known as shadow copies. The Volume Shadow Copy Service can produce consistent shadow copies by coordinating with business applications, file-system services, backup applications, fast-recovery solutions, and storage hardware.

About vssvc.exe (from Microsoft)

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a set of COM APIs that implements a framework to allow volume backups to be performed while applications on a system continue to write to the volumes. VSS provi


File name:vssvc.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\vssvc.exe
Original name:VSSVC.EXE.MUI
Windows Service
Display name:VSS


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of vssvc.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Runs under 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services' by the Service Controller (services.exe)
  • VSS

VersionsAll file variations of vssvc.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
700f5256dfcf1e65837f740ee0889f0f a77911a99b3082eca28a04f817d4d9f468e7507f 1.1 MB
7ea2bcd94d9cfaf4c556f5cc94532a6c 573266dfa465d87c4601c726592828c276e69bbd 1001.5 KB
b60ba0bc31b0cb414593e169f6f21cc2 1d6f5a5de7154b75144c6a033c36fd86ff2bbe9b 1.53 MB
209a3b1901b83aeb8527ed211cce9e4c 99894aef71d9d3527f392cd71f66571110593876 1001.5 KB
db3d19f850c6eb32bdcb9bc0836acddb 2e5e65e474ab777328cc14e99073d7f22905e25c 1.01 MB
b75232dad33bfd95bf6f0a3e6bff51e1 ce2fad3ac46964220c66a757286277374fce0814 1.37 MB
186bd53f8a408ad20f5a056c05678629 d96890d7ccb38cc249aea786aeb29b22041cf916 1.37 MB
e0e29d9ef2524abd11749c7c2fd7f607 5ccea892378067a8c61f0ef632331c72ec14b45b 902.5 KB
6a1ed907d8ebb85e29c9b24cfc2a4370 b43196ff6ae4dd94c8d43f31170a525274ba449f 273 KB
8d31263584fdd81d4e23f488c6b1dda1 0714af9235c6df0202497b87dd9744d5b893a246 273 KB
445ed5f42634fb17394ad038056652cb 8362c43d72af0a4d2773f04f4bbf15262ad841a0 273 KB
ed4c4cc2ab3d1cbfed95587852519c72 fc5ba8c02d9aa8ded354e5c00eaa19df56ee5629 273 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.50%
Windows 7 Professional 10.50%
Windows Vista Home Premium 4.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows 8 Pro 1.00%
Windows 7 Starter 0.75%
Windows 7 Enterprise 0.75%
Windows Vista Home Basic 0.50%
Windows Se7en Titan 0.25%
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 0.25%
Windows Vista Business 0.25%
Windows Vista Ultimate 0.25%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.25%
Windows 8 0.25%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 42.68% of Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 20.00%
Hewlett-Packard 18.30%
ASUS 15.85%
Acer 12.83%
Toshiba 10.19%
Sony 6.04%
Lenovo 3.77%
Samsung 2.08%
Intel 1.89%
MSI 1.51%
Alienware 0.94%
Medion 0.75%
Gateway 0.75%
American Megatrends 0.57%
Sahara 0.38%
NEC 0.38%
Compaq 0.38%
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