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Should I remove ShadowCopy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,292
United States Rank #15,274
Reach 0.0144%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 35.81 days
286.77 days >
Average installed length: 150.67 days


2.02.000 73.85%
2.00 16.96%
1.00 9.19%



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 10. While about 49% 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?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 ShadowCopy.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win XP 1%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.66%
Windows 10 22.97%
Windows XP 9.19%
Windows Vista 3.18%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.00%
Windows 7 Professional 17.79%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.25%
Windows 10 Pro 5.69%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.28%
  Germany 8.36%
  United Kingdom 6.34%
  France 6.05%
  Canada 4.32%
  Australia 3.75%
  Belgium 2.02%
  South Africa 1.73%
  Spain 1.73%
  Netherlands 1.44%
  Brazil 0.86%
  Norway 0.86%
  Finland 0.86%
  Philippines 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.79%
Dell 17.95%
Acer 15.38%
ASUS 8.97%
American Megatrends 8.33%
Intel 2.56%
Toshiba 2.56%
Lenovo 1.92%
Medion 1.92%
Samsung 1.92%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.17%
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 3.33%
Dell OptiPlex 760 2.50%
ASUS All Series 2.50%
Dell XPS 630i 1.67%
ASUSTeK K55A 1.67%


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