VSS error FAILED: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s).

I ran into a problem with VMware converter.  I got the following error :

unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s). Error code: 2147754774

The following steps worked for me :

Confirm that there are no errors with the following command :

vssadmin list writers


I found more then one provider with the following command :

vssadmin list providers


I deleted the second (everything but the first) provider (please back-up your keys first!) :


I then did a restart of the VSS service (net stop vss , net start vss)

Followed by enabling shadow copies (and made a snapshot of the drive)

Now I was able to succesfully create VSS and import a running physical machine using VMware converter!


  1. follow this steps , wworks just fine
    cd /d %windir%system32
    Net stop vss
    Net stop swprv
    regsvr32 /s ole32.dll
    regsvr32 /s oleaut32.dll
    regsvr32 /S vss_ps.dll
    Vssvc /Register
    regsvr32 /s /i swprv.dll
    regsvr32 /s /i eventcls.dll
    regsvr32 /s es.dll
    regsvr32 /s stdprov.dll
    regsvr32 /s vssui.dll
    regsvr32 /s msxml.dll
    regsvr32 /s sxml3.dll
    regsvr32 /s msxml4.dll
    Net start vss
    Net start swprv

  2. Solution from Sidney Yessouroun worked for me

  3. I really appreciated to you. It worked. Thank you Buddy !!!

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