VSS Error 0x80042304: The volume shadow copy provider is not registered in the system
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 🙂
6 thoughts on “VSS Error 0x80042304: The volume shadow copy provider is not registered in the system”
your report is amazing! It solved my issue.
Thanks a lot for your report, I solved my problem after weeks of research!
Great thanks for your help It did work for me.
Thanks it worked
Many thanks for this article, the same issue on one of our servers 2019 and Veeam wasn’t able to back it up. After your advice the backup started.
Glad to hear that the port is helpful for latest Windows servers also !