When you run the vssadmin list writers command on a Windows Server 2003-based computer, you may experience any of the following symptoms.
Note The vssadmin list writers command lists the subscribed volume shadow copy writers.
You receive the following error message:
The following event may be logged in the Application log:
Event Type: Error Event Source: VSS Event ID: 12302 Description:Volume Shadow Copy Service error: An internal inconsistency was detected in trying to contact shadow copy service writers. Please check to see that the Event Service and Volume Shadow Copy Service are operating properly.
The list is blank.
This problem may occur if the following registry key is corrupted:
Important This article is not for use with Windows Vista, with Windows Server 2008, or with later Windows operating systems. Starting with Windows Vista and with Windows Server 2008, Windows component installation is manifest-based. Trying to manually register specific components, as described in the following steps, can have unexpected results that may require you to reinstall Windows to resolve.
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type Regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86), Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)