SOLVED! “Volume Shadow Copy Service Warning: VSS Was Denied Access To The Root Of Volume”

You run into “Volume Shadow Copy Service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume” on Event Viewer, restart is the best solution in most of the cases. Also, you should check out VSS, grant access to volume root, run an SFC scan, disable your antivirus program and perform a clean boot. Check out this article and carry out the solutions on your own. 

A List Of Suspects


In case you don’t know, it’s possible to restrict access on Windows computers. If denied access to volume roots, VSS cannot get to the root directory of volumes. That will result in Event Viewer logging “Volume Shadow Copy service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume”.


All in all, many Windows services run on their own initiative rather than being launched manually. Still, for some reason, Volume Shadow Copy Service may be unable to run which leads to errors. You notice “Volume Shadow Copy service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume”  in Event Viewer following the failure to create disk images? Then you should take the service into account. 

A Few Fixes


Generally speaking, Reset is an effective and efficient fix to quite a few issues including “Volume Shadow Copy service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume” error is to perform a restart. To restart Windows, press Windows key + X to open Quick Link menu, go to Shut down or sign out then click Restart.

Check Out VSS 

  • Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type services.msc then hit Enter to open Services.
  • Step 3: Double-click Volume Shadow Copy to open its Properties.
  • Step 4: In the General tab. If Service status says stopped, hit Start to start the service. Also, it’s a good idea to change  Startup type to Automatic.
  • Step 5: Select Apply then choose OK to save changes.
  • Step 6: Restart your computer and determine whether the issue persists.

Grant Access To Volume Root

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X to open Quick Link Menu.
  • Step 2: Click Command Prompt (Admin) to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
  • Step 3: Type icacls <VolumeRootPath> /grant system:f then hit Enter.
  • Step 4: After the command finishes running, type exit and hit Enter.

System File Checker (SFC) 

On Windows computers, you can take advantage of System File Checker to assess the integrity of system files and repair them.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: Type SFC /scannow, hit Enter then wait for the scan to complete.
  • Step 3: Close the Command Prompt and see how things turn out.

Disable Antivirus Program 

If you suspect the antivirus program to be responsible, proceed to disable it temporarily. Keep in mind that your computer will be vulnerable to attacks and you should re-enable the antivirus program at the earliest opportunity.

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then click Windows security.
  • Step 3: Choose Virus & threat protection and pick Manage settings under Virus & threat protection settings 
  • Step 4: Toggle Real-time protection switch to “disabled”.

Clean Boot

You can put Windows into a clean boot to narrow down the cause of the issue. If the error does not show up, the culprit must be ab third-party application. That means you have to uninstall some of the third-party applications you installed recently.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + X to open Quick link menu.
  • Step 2: Move your cursor to Shut down or sign out then press and hold the Shift key as you hit Restart.
  • Step 3: In Choose an option, select Troubleshoot then go to Advanced options.
  • Step 4: Click Startup Settings then hit Restart.
  • Step 5: Once the PC restarts, click Enable Safe Mode and that is going to take your PC to Safe Mode.

Note: Once the error has been solved, remember to boot normally using the following steps.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type msconfig then hit Enter to open System Configuration.
  • Step 3: On the General tab, select Normal Startup and click OK.
  • Step 4: Once prompted, hit Restart.


Sometimes, the issue arises after the installation of Microsoft Office so you might be forced to uninstall Office apps. If you use Office apps on a daily basis, you don’t have many choices. You could keep the apps, ignore “Volume Shadow Copy service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume” and use other means to back up data. 

What Are The Components Of Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office consists of many elements: Word (word processor) Excel (spreadsheet) and PowerPoint (presentation), … Other components include OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.

Can I Share My Subscription Benefits On Microsoft Office?

If you have an active Microsoft 365 Family subscription, you can share it with up to five family members. You can add people to your subscription. All you need to do is to launch your browser, visit then follow the on-screen instructions to add users. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps to follow. You can stop sharing the subscription anytime using the same steps.

Can I Access Files Stored In Onedrive Offline?

To access documents when you’re not connected to the Internet, you need to have a OneDrive app. The moment you get online, OneDrive will update the online versions with all changes you have made while offline.


  • Enable OneDrive to allow you to access files from anywhere.
  • Have the Microsoft Word shortcuts on your fingerprint for easy navigation.
  • Add the office ribbons to the menu for quick access.

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