Event ID 39 — Volume Shadow Copy Service Operations

Updated: January 27, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provides the ability to create a point in time image (shadow copy) of one or more volumes that can be used to perform backups. The service is also used during restores of applications.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 39
Source: VSS
Version: 6.1
Message: Volume Shadow Copy Service error: The Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS) is disabled. Enable the service and try again. %1


Ensure that the VSS service is enabled

For Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)-based backup applications to operate correctly, the VSS service must be enabled.

To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To ensure that the VSS service is enabled:

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
  2. In the results pane, double-click Volume Shadow Copy.
  3. Ensure that Startup type is set to Manual.
  4. Click OK.


To verify that the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is operating correctly, retry the previous VSS operation.

Volume Shadow Copy Service Operations

File Services