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Should I remove Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Excellent
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How common is it?
Global Rank #180
United States Rank #225
Reach 3.4908%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.99 days
530.67 days >
Average installed length: 278.83 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
10.53.6000.34 0.03%
10.52.4000.0 6.61%
10.52.3720.0 0.02%
10.51.2500.0 7.35%
10.51.2425.0 0.00%
10.50.1600.1 6.93%
10.50.1352.12 0.01%
10.50.1092.20 0.01%
10.4.6000.29 0.01%
10.3.5500.0 12.82%
10.3.5416.0 0.00%
10.2.4000.0 0.57%
10.2.3798.0 0.00%
10.1.2531.0 19.37%
10.1.2520.0 0.00%
10.0.1600.22 2.85%
10.0.1442.32 0.01%
10.0.1075.23 0.01%
9.00.5000.00 30.61%
9.00.4912.00 0.00%
9.00.4226.00 0.01%
9.00.4035.00 5.10%
9.00.3042.00 4.46%
9.00.3027.00 0.00%
9.00.2047.00 2.22%
9.00.1399.06 1.00%

Typically installed together

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Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer

What is Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer?

The SQL Writer Service provides added functionality for backup and restore of SQL Server through the Volume Shadow Copy Service framework. The SQL Writer Service is installed automatically. It must be running when the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) application requests a backup or restore. To configure the service, use the Microsoft Windows Services applet.

About  (from Microsoft)

SQL Server provides an API called Virtual Backup Device Interface (VDI) that enables independent software vendors to integrate SQL Server into their products for providing support for backup and restore operations. These APIs are engineered to provide maximum reliability and performance, and support the full range of S...  Read more

Overview

The most used version is 9.00.5000.00, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is sqlwriter.exe. The software installer includes 183 files and is usually about 1.02 GB (1,097,823,678 bytes). Microsoft.SqlServer.PackageFormatUpdate.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/sqlserver
Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=52155
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{50822200-2E95-4E62-A8D8-41C3B308DF5E}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.02 GB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer

Program executable:sqlwriter.exe
Name:Microsoft SQL Server
SQL Server VSS Writer - 64 Bit
Path:C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
MD5:9263c8898732e2b890f7e954e7729ab7
(From the publisher) “The SQL Writer Service is installed automatically. It must be running when the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) application requests a backup or restore. To configure the service, use the Microsoft Windows Services...”
Additional files:
  • SAC.exe - Microsoft SQL Server Surface Area Configuration command line utility
  • SQLdiag.exe - Microsoft SQL Server support and diagnostic tool
  • msasxpress.dll - Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (Microsoft Compression Library)
  • SQLCMD.EXE - T-SQL execution command line utility
  • atl80.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (ATL Module for Windows (Unicode))
  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • mfc80.dll - MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version
  • MFC80CHS.DLL - MFC Language Specific Resources
  • MFC80CHT.DLL
  • MFC80DEU.DLL
  • MFC80ENU.DLL
  • MFC80ESP.DLL
  • MFC80FRA.DLL
  • MFC80ITA.DLL
  • MFC80JPN.DLL
  • MFC80KOR.DLL
  • mfc80u.dll
  • msvcp80.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr80.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • msvcr71.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET
  • msxmlsql.dll - Microsoft(R) MSXMLSQL 1.0 RTM (MSXMLSQL RTM)
  • xmlrw.dll - Microsoft XML Core Services (Microsoft XML Slim Library)
  • ARPWrapper.exe - Microsoft SQL Server (SQL Server ARPWrapper)
  • AXSCPHST90.DLL - AxScriptHost90 - Active Scripting Host for SQL
  • batchparser.dll - Batch Parser
  • batchparser90.dll
  • bcp.exe - BCP - SQL bulk copy tool
  • bpa.ASPNETUSERENCRYPTED.dll
  • bpa.DBUNWRITABLE_UPGBLKR.dll
  • bpa.DUPLICATEINDEX_UPGBLKR.dll
  • bpa.DUPLICATESID.dll
  • bpa.LOGINNAMEASSERVERROLE.dll
  • bpa.RESERVEDATABASEID.dll
  • bpa.RSCUSTOMASSEMBLIES.dll
  • bpa.RSCUSTOMSECURITY.dll
  • bpa.RSDEFAULTIIS.dll
  • bpa.RSDEFAULTIISYUKON.dll
  • bpa.YUK1_UPGBLKR.dll
  • BPAClient.dll
  • bpacmd.exe - SQL BPA command line
  • BpaCmdX.dll
  • bpacommon.dll
  • BPAServer.dll
  • BPLib.dll
  • DISTRIB.exe - SQL Server Replication Distribution Agent
  • DTAttach.exe - SQL Server Integration Services Script Task
  • DTEParse.dll - Data Transformation Services Execution Utility Parser
  • DTEParseMgd.dll - Data Transformation Services Execution Utility Managed Parser
  • DTEPkg.dll - Data Transformation Services Execution Utility Package Processing
  • DTExec.exe - Data Transformation Services Execution Utility
  • DTS.dll - DTS - Data Transformation Runtime DLL
  • DTSComExprEval.dll - Data Transformation Services Expression Evaluator
  • DtsConn.dll - DTSCONN - Data Transformation Runtime Connections DLL
  • dtshost.exe - DTS - Runtime Surrogate
  • DTSLog.dll - DTSLOG - Data Transformation Runtime Log Providers DLL
  • dtsmsg.dll - DTS - Messages
  • DTSPipeline.dll - DTSPipeline - Data Transformation Pipeline DLL
  • DTSPipelinePerf.dll - DTSPipelinePerf - Data Transformation Pipeline Performance Counters
  • dtuparse.dll - Data Transformation Services Utility Parser
  • dtutil.exe - Data Transformation Services Package Utility

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • SqlWtsn.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FBFEF622-33BC-46CD-BE7E-FD75573E261C}' (runs on registration).
  • setup.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C1469630-6EF0-46DC-BB1F-44A9BCEA0FA6}' (runs on registration).
4 Services
  • sqlservr.exe runs as a service named 'SQL Server (QLOCALINSTANCE)' (MSSQL$QLOCALINSTANCE) "Provides storage, processing and controlled access of data and rapid transaction processing.".
  • sqlwriter.exe runs as a service named 'Enregistreur VSS SQL Server' (SQLWriter) "Fournit l'interface permettant de sauvegarder/restaurer un serveur Microsoft SQL par le biais de l'infrastructure Windows VSS.".
  • sqlbrowser.exe runs as a service named 'SQL Server-Browser' (SQLBrowser) "Stellt Clientcomputern SQL Server-Verbindungsinformationen bereit.".
  • sqladhlp90.exe runs as a service named 'SQL Server Active Directory Helper' (MSSQLServerADHelper) "Enables integration with Active Directories.".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • sqlbrowser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programfiler\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlbrowser.exe'.
  • SqlWtsn.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\SqlWtsn.exe'.
  • SqlSAC.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\SqlSAC.exe'.

How do I remove Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer?

Quickly and completely remove Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 8 0%
 
HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.49%
Windows 8 14.44%
Windows Vista 11.43%
Windows XP 6.43%
Windows Server 2003 0.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.46%
Windows 7 Professional 19.25%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.23%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.72%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.38%
Windows 8.1 3.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.19% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.19%
  Germany 6.33%
  United Kingdom 4.25%
  Australia 3.10%
  France 2.98%
  India 2.84%
  Canada 2.79%
  Italy 2.41%
  Iran 1.90%
  Netherlands 1.49%
  Brazil 1.46%
  Japan 1.37%
  Poland 1.09%
  Belgium 1.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.51%
Hewlett-Packard 24.02%
Acer 13.65%
Toshiba 7.76%
ASUS 7.52%
Lenovo 5.66%
GIGABYTE 5.38%
Samsung 4.67%
Intel 2.20%
Sony 1.09%
NEC 0.79%
American Megatrends 0.77%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.29%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.56%
ASUS All Series 3.93%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.37%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.65%
Samsung R519/R719 2.52%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com

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