I wanted to share the resolution I found for the issue reported by VSS of a Windows Server 2008 R2. The error showed as ‘Initialization Failed. Error 0x80042304: The volume shadow copy provider is not registered in the system’ when I see the VSS tab of the drive properties as below:


I have seen various articles showing the resolution as re-registering the VSS dll files and none of the method helped in the resolution !

Finally, I checked the corresponding registry keys associated with VSS on a different server and found that there are some missing fields in the server which reported the issue. The registry keys associated are found at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\VSS\Providers.

The Registry values should looks like as follows and on the problematic server the values under ‘Provider’ was shown as empty:


Finally, I sorted out the issue by adding the missing values: If you come across similar issue, you are advised to follow the similar way. I copied the following value in a .reg file and exported to the server reported issue and that fixed my issue

@=”Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0″


Happy to see the result of the solution as follows 🙂


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  1. cs

    your report is amazing! It solved my issue.

  2. Florian

    Thanks a lot for your report, I solved my problem after weeks of research!

  3. shahab munir

    Great thanks for your help It did work for me.

  4. nirmal

    Thanks it worked


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