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Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0

What is Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0?

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. The SQL Writer Service installs on all operating systems.


It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software installer includes 9 files and is usually about 2.98 MB (3,129,344 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90958
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft sql server\110\shared
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{05AEB9C6-B4D2-4EAD-926E-77943A6EC60C}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.98 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0

  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • instapi110.dll - Microsoft SQL Server (SQL Server Instance API DLL)
  • sqlboot.dll - SQL Server Edition Settings DLL
  • sqldumper.exe - SQL External minidumper
  • sqlvdi.dll - Virtual Device Interface for BACKUP/RESTORE
  • sqlwriter.exe - SQL Server VSS Writer - 64 Bit
  • sqlwvss.dll - SQL VSS Writer VSS INTERACTION DLL
  • sqlwvss_xp.dll
  • sqlwriter_keyfile.dll - SQL Server Patch KeyFile

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • 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.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.45 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001147288%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007732%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003741%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,010
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0?

You can uninstall Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 VSS Writer for SQL Server 2012 RC0.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 10 50%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows 10 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 25.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.67%
Windows 7 Professional 16.67%
Windows 10 Pro 8.33%
Windows 7 Enterprise 8.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.57% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.57%
  Australia 8.70%
  Canada 4.35%
  Czech Republic 4.35%
  United Kingdom 4.35%
  Poland 4.35%
  Portugal 4.35%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
Toshiba 18.18%
Lenovo 18.18%
Intel 18.18%
Sony 9.09%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 18.18%
Sony VPCEB37FX 9.09%
LENOVO 89185WG 9.09%
LENOVO 41732AU 9.09%
HP Pavilion TS 15 Noteboo... 9.09%

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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