What is vssvc.exe? Fix vssvc.exe high disk usage issue

If you observe that without making any changes, your laptop slows down to a crawl, and your CPU usage exceeds to a high figure of up to even 100% then you need to investigate the Windows processes running on your computer. One of them, vssvc.exe is also known to cause high Disk or CPU usage.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, be malware, and malware is known to take the names of other legit files. So in this case the first thing you need to do is search for and locate the vssvc.exe file using Start search. If it is found in the System32 folder and its Properties indicate that is a Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service file then it is the legit Microsoft process. But it it is found in any other folder location, it could well be malware.

vssvc.exe high disk usage

vssvc.exe high disk usage issue

The Volume Shadow Copy Service manages and implements Volume Shadow Copies used for backup and other purposes. If this service is stopped, shadow copies will be unavailable for backup and the backup may fail. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. VSS helps back up your system drive. Moreover, disabling this Service could make some applications lose their functionalities.

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) does not normally consume much resources, but if you are facing a vssvc.exe high disk usage issues, try these suggestions.

1] Disable System Restore and the re-enable System Restore and see if it helps.

system restore disabled

You will be able to do it via Control Panel > System > System Protection.

2] Type, services.msc in Start search box and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager. Locate Volume Shadow Copy Service, and then double-click on it to open its Properties box. Stop the Service and then Start it again. Or else right-click on it and select Restart.

If this does not help, then as a temporary measure, you could Stop this Service if it is interfering with your work.

You may also use the Task Manager to end this Task.

If you do not use the System Restore feature or the Volume Shadow Copy feature, you may choose to disable this Service.

3] Run System File Checker to replace a possibly corrupted vssvc.exe file.

4] Open an elevated Command Prompt, type the following and hit Enter to run the Performance Troubleshooter.

msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic

This troubleshooter helps the user adjust settings to improve operating system speed and performance. Here are more suggestions that can help you troubleshoot Performance issues.

5] If nothing helps, you may wanto to consider using the Refresh Windows Tool to reset Windows 10.

This post has some generic suggestions that could help you fix 100% Disk Usage in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.