What is the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) service?

An explanation of the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) service in Windows 7.

What does the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) service do?

The Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) creates backups of important system files and settings. When you install software, install drivers, or update windows a shadow copy is created encase something bad happens during the installation.

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) service details

  • Service name: swprv
  • Description: Manages software-based volume shadow copies taken by the Volume Shadow Copy service. If this service is stopped, software-based volume shadow copies cannot be managed. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k swprv
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the swprv service to run.

Should I disable the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the swprv service alone. Shadow copies are a good thing and can save your butt if something bad happens.

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