Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (swprv) Service Defaults in Windows 10

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.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider
Service name:swprv
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k swprv
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\swprv.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\swprv
Privileges:
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeCreatePermanentPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeManageVolumePrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeIncreaseBasePriorityPrivilege
  • SeManageVolumePrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege

Default Behavior

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting only if the user, an application or another service starts it. When the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of svchost.exe. If Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the swprv service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider cannot be started under any conditions, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is disabled.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win10_swprv_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The swprv service is using the swprv.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.