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Should I remove ShadowCopy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16,587
United States Rank #14,245
Reach 0.0176%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 35.90 days
359.64 days >
Average installed length: 188.96 days


2.02.000 71.26%
2.00 18.22%
1.00 10.53%



ShadowCopy is a program developed by Runtime Software. The most used version is 2.02.000, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is shadowcopy.exe. The software installer includes 31 files and is usually about 2.86 MB (2,994,579 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 47% of users of ShadowCopy come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.runtime.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\ShadowCopy
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\ShadowCopy\Uninstall.exe" "C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\ShadowCopy\install.log" -u
Estimated size: 2.86 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ShadowCopy

Program executable:shadowcopy.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\ShadowCopy\shadowcopy.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe
  • vss64.exe
  • vssserv.dll
  • vssvista.dll
  • vssxp.dll
  • vss642008.exe (by Microsoft) - VShadow (VShadow, Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Sample Requestor)
  • vss642008r2.exe (by Microsoft)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • shadowcopy.exe is scheduled as a task named 'outlook' (runs daily at 15:18).

How do I remove ShadowCopy?

Quickly and completely remove ShadowCopy from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall ShadowCopy 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 ShadowCopy, 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 ShadowCopy.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.42%
Windows 8 17.81%
Windows XP 10.12%
Windows Vista 3.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.04%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.04%
Windows 7 Professional 19.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.20%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.67%
Windows 8.1 2.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.64%
  Germany 8.72%
  United Kingdom 7.05%
  France 6.04%
  Canada 5.03%
  Australia 3.69%
  Belgium 2.35%
  South Africa 1.68%
  Spain 1.68%
  Brazil 1.01%
  Norway 1.01%
  Philippines 1.01%
  Italy 1.01%
  Switzerland 0.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.85%
Dell 17.65%
Acer 17.65%
American Megatrends 11.03%
ASUS 9.56%
Intel 2.94%
Medion 2.21%
Samsung 2.21%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.51%
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 3.51%
ASUS All Series 2.63%
ASUSTeK K55A 1.75%
ASUSTeK G750JX 1.75%
Dell XPS 630i 1.75%


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