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Should I remove Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,597
United States Rank #21,211
Reach 0.0037%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.69 days
138.30 days >
Average installed length: 72.67 days


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Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017


Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017 is a software program developed by Microsoft. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 setup package generally installs about 9 files and is usually about 2.99 MB (3,137,536 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 10. While about 81% of users of Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017 come from the United States, it is also popular in Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90958
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\microsoft sql server\140\shared
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{20B328C9-C6BB-434A-928A-00F05CD820B8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.99 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017

  • dbghelp.dll - Debugging Tools for Windows(R) (Windows Image Helper)
  • instapi140.dll - Microsoft SQL Server (SQL Server Instance API DLL)
  • sqlboot.dll - SQL Server Edition Settings Library
  • sqldumper.exe - SQL External minidumper
  • sqlvdi.dll - Virtual Device Interface for BACKUP/RESTORE
  • sqlwriter_keyfile.dll - SQL Server Patch KeyFile
  • sqlwvss.dll - SQL VSS Writer VSS INTERACTION DLL
  • sqlwriter.exe - SQL Server VSS Writer - 64 Bit
  • sqlwvss_xp.dll

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.".

How do I remove Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017?

You can uninstall Microsoft VSS Writer for SQL Server 2017 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 2017, 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 2017.

Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Distribution by countryGeography

81.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 81.42%
  Netherlands 7.96%
  United Kingdom 1.77%
  Sweden 1.77%
  Singapore 1.77%
  South Africa 1.77%
  Germany 0.88%
  Spain 0.88%
  Hungary 0.88%
  Ireland 0.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.18%
Dell 20.00%
Lenovo 14.55%
ASUS 7.27%
Acer 7.27%
Intel 5.45%
Toshiba 1.82%
Samsung 1.82%
Medion 1.82%
Alienware 1.82%
Common models
HP ProBook 450 G2 3.51%
HP HP Pavilion x360 Conve... 3.51%
MSI MS-7850 3.51%
ASUS All Series 3.51%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 1.75%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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